Premiers cannot allow ‘nativist instinct’ to surmount ‘common humanity instinct’

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    While state governments possess the authority and rights to implement their own restrictions according to their respective health situations, premiers should be wary not to foster a nativist mentality, says Liberal MP Tim Wilson. The nativist trend would see state leaders encouraging residents to place their priorities above those across the country, thereby doing away with a sense of national unity against the pandemic. Mr Wilson told Sky News it was particularly prominent in Queensland and Western Australia, “where there’s been an appeal from the premier’s there to a nativist instinct rather than a common humanity instinct”. “We all understand that measures have to be taken in different states to protect different populations but when it seems to be at the expense of the general community to protect a nativist community attitude I think is something we should not be encouraging,” he said. “I believe that states should be in control because they’re closest to the problems and the challenges they’re confronting but I don’t think we should be developing a nativist instinct which puts some communities at the expense of others.”

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