Court upholds state border closings in Australia

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court yesterday upheld a state’s border closure and dismissed billionaire businessman Clive Palmer’s argument that the pandemic measure was unconstitutional.

The seven High Court judges ruled that Western Australia’s state border closure to non-essential travel applied during “a hazard in the nature of a plague or epidemic” complied with the constitution Australian states and territories used border restrictions to curb infections and a court ruling against Western Australia could have impacted their pandemic responses.

More details on Weekend’s Borneo Bulletin