Gospel according to Mark: can anything stop Western Australia’s Covid saviour’s re-election?

Gospel according to Mark: can anything stop Western Australia’s Covid saviour’s re-election?

The Guardian

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Strong economic growth, an approval rating of 88% and a leg tattoo … no wonder Labor is pursuing a subdued strategy

The decision that cemented Mark McGowan’s extraordinary popularity came three weeks into the coronavirus pandemic. On 2 April, when the Ruby Princess outbreak was reaching its peak and Australia recorded its 24th death from Covid-19, the premier announced he would introduce a hard border banning all travel into Western Australia, with limited exemptions, turning the state “into its own island within an island – our own country”.

The border was criticised outside WA, but that seemed to only increase its popularity within the state. WA had recorded relatively few cases of Covid-19, and most had been imported via the Ruby Princess and other cruise ships. By closing the bulkhead door, WA was able to make a swift return to normal life. And, with the exception of a five-day lockdown this month, during which Perth residents became one of the last groups in the world to scramble to buy face masks, normality has reigned.

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