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CM fires back at senator


THE Chief Minister has rubbished a push for federal politician­s to quarantine in their homes instead of Howard Springs when returning from Covid-19 hotspots.

It comes after NT Senator Sam McMahon, a member of the Country Liberal Party, said a decision to require commonweal­th MPs to quarantine at Howard Springs rather than isolate at home was out of step with other jurisdicti­ons and put pressure on the system.

Senator McMahon is currently in Howard Springs for 14 days.

But the Chief Minister has fired back, saying Covid “can’t tell the difference between a politician and the rest of us”.

“No, we will not be making special rules because Senator McMahon thinks she is more special than the rest of us and wants to come to the Territory from Covid-ravaged Canberra and quarantine at home,” Mr Gunner said. “We had Australian record new Covid cases today and, tragically, more deaths. The risk of someone bringing Covid to the Territory and starting a devastatin­g outbreak here has never been greater.”

Senator McMahon said it didn’t make sense for a politician, who wasn’t a flight risk and was fully vaccinated, to take up a bed in Howard Springs.

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