Qantas boss Alan Joyce finds support from premiers to back national border plan

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has convinced three state premiers to back a nationwide border plan.

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and South Australian Premier Steven Marshall have all backed the call for a national border framework.

“We have a few premiers that have said they’re going to raise it at national cabinet and try and come out with an agreement. At what point is more up to debate,” Joyce told the Australian Financial Review.

The border issue will be front and centre of discussions at the upcoming national cabinet meeting on Friday, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison keen to bed down a nationwide border agreement.

But it will be an uphill struggle, with only Berejiklian fully committing to ruling out border closures completely.

Andrews gave Joyce “an absolute commitment” on the border issue during their meeting last week.

“There were three or four things he raised, and I have given him a commitment on each of those [that] I would be supportive of a framework,” Andrews said.

“Hopefully we can have a nationally consistent approach to that, but it just stands to reason, as you get your front-line workforce starting to move through the vaccination program… the risk is deemed lower and there are more things you can do.”

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has been riding high in the polls with his tough stance on border closures, and is expected to win in a landslide in the upcoming state election on March 13. Whether he softens his border stance after that as the end of JobKeeper looms remains to be seen.