NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has sparked a new skirmish with Victoria after pointed comments on Sunday about 'other states' shutting borders without asking.
Ms Berejiklian told 'other state leaders' that unexpected breakouts needed to be watched for 48 hours before shutting the borders.
'Firstly, please talk to us in New South Wales before you close the border,' she said on Sunday.
'Closing a border can affect literally tens and hundreds of thousands of people, depending on where it is, and that's a big call.'
Ms Berejiklian said it was difficult to minimise stress on citizens while also keeping the virus at bay.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
New South Wales recorded three new cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday for a weekly total of 48, of which 16 were locally acquired, NSW Health said on Sunday.
There are now 109 active coronavirus cases in NSW.
'I just ask other state leaders to, please, talk to us before they close their border to New South Wales and give us a chance to demonstrate our capacity to get on top of the virus without adversely impacting our citizens,' Ms Berejiklian said.
On New Year's Eve traffic queues stretched more than 40km from the Victorian border as holidaymakers made a mad dash home. Pictured: the Mallacoota checkpoint, December 31
Some travellers started queuing to get back into Victoria a few days early, nervous the border might shut. Pictured: Mallacoota on the NSW-Victorian border, December 29
Ms Berejiklian said when NSW closed its borders she had spoken 'at length' with the other premiers.
'And I'd just ask the other premiers extend that same courtesy,' she said.
Ms Berejiklian then declined to say whether Mr Andrews had spoken to her about the border closure.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'Look, this is not about he said, she said, but I think it would be appropriate to have discussions before those major decisions are made', she said.
Victoria's decision to close the border to NSW on New Year's Eve with little warning threw Australia into chaos during the holiday season.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian slammed 'other state leaders' for shutting the borders without talking to NSW, Pictured: Passengers arriving in Sydney from Melbourne in July
Coronavirus border closures created havoc for tens of thousands of Australians last year. Pictured: checkpoint at Albury on the NSW-Victorian border in July
An estimated 60,000 Victorians cut their breaks short as they frantically tried to get home before midnight on New Year's Eve after which they would have to spend 14 days