Federal government pulls out of Clive Palmer legal challenge to coronavirus state border closure

Scott Morrison tells Mark McGowan commonwealth will no longer join high court challenge due to rising Covid-19 cases in other states

Scott Morrison has ended the federal government’s involvement in Clive Palmer’s high court case challenging Western Australia’s border closure, amid rising fears over the Covid-19 outbreak in Victoria.

With Victoria poised to announce tougher lockdown measures aimed at reducing community transmission of the virus, the prime minister has written to the WA premier to reveal he is shifting his position – in part because the pandemic “has worsened since these matters were first brought to the high court”.

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