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Australia Union fumes after oil and gas CEO gets exemption to drop into WA without isolating

03:17  05 june  2020
03:17  05 june  2020 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

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Santos boss Kevin Gallagher visited Devil Creek and Varanus Island sites earlier this week and met with employees after WA Police granted him an exemption to enter the state and skip the 14-day quarantine period.

Australian Workers' Union WA secretary Brad Gandy said Mr Gallagher's visit left workers unimpressed, particularly interstate FIFO workers who were subject to WA's strict isolation and quarantine requirements.

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"It's a clear case of one rule for Kevin Gallagher and another for rank and file employees who haven't had the luxury of being exempt from the strict quarantine laws," Mr Gandy said.

The Offshore Alliance, a joint body formed with representatives from the AWU and maritime union, has previously claimed on social media that during the pandemic Santos' interstate workers had been given an ultimatum to relocate to WA or stay home without pay.

Mr Gandy said the workers had every right to be furious.

"These workers have left their partners and kids behind and may not be able to see them for months on end," he said.

"To then see your CEO swan in, swan out and be given a free pass to the quarantine measures would have been the ultimate kick in the guts."

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A Santos spokesman confirmed Mr Gallagher had travelled to WA but declined to provide details of the reason for his visit.

The spokesman said he was aware of the Offshore Alliance's concerns aired on social media but declined to comment further.

A state government spokeswoman said hard border exemption applications were assessed individually by WA Police and exemptions could be granted for a number of reasons.

Under the exemptions, fly-in, fly-out workers are allowed to enter the state, but must isolate for two weeks in private accommodation.

It is estimated about half of WA's 6000 interstate FIFO workers moved to WA during the pandemic while others continued to fly into the state to undertake isolation before going to site.

Rio Tinto relocated about 700 workers and their families to Perth in April ahead of the border closure. Chevron hired out a portion of The Vines Resort north of Perth for use as a quarantine facility for its eastern states workers.

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Not everyone with links to mining, oil and gas have been granted entry into the state though.

Queensland billionaire Clive Palmer has been one of the highest-profile rejections.

The mining magnate applied for an exemption in May but was knocked back by WA Police unless he provided them with a detailed itinerary, which he deemed unacceptable.

He then decided to take on the border closure in the High Court, arguing it breached Section 92 of the Constitution, which relates to the free movement across Australian state borders.

Mr Palmer wasn't surprised at the news Mr Gallagher had been allowed to enter the state and said the WA government had shown preferential treatment previously by allowing business figures such as Kerry Stokes and Fortescue Metals Group jets fly in and out of the state.

Mr Palmer said he had legitimate business interests in WA and should have been granted exemptions like his fellow resources moguls.

He said his trip west would have included speaking to Perth-based employees anxious about their jobs and wages; discussing the 2021 state election with prospective United Australia Party candidates; visiting the site of his Sino Iron ore mine in the Pilbara; and discussing a COVID-19 drug trial with WA Senator Mathias Cormann.

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Mr Palmer said he wouldn't be surprised if the WA government removed the hard borders by the time his High Court case is heard in early July because Premier Mark McGowan "knows we will win."

More than 21,000 interstate travellers have been granted permission to enter WA since the hard border went up on April 5, with 68 refused entry as of May 28.

The figures represent an interstate visitor drop of around 92 per cent when compared to 2019, according to Tourism WA.

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