• PM Scott Morrison
    PM Scott Morrison

Could we see Australia's internal borders open by Christmas - if not before? Prime Minister Scott Morrison hopes so.

The ABC reports, the PM has called for COVID-19 restrictions around the country to be eased in time for people to see their families at Christmas.

This would be good news for many parts of the tourism sector including walking tour operators.

Mr Morrison told Question Time Victoria had "turned the corner" and states and territories needed to start planning to reopen to the rest of the country.

"By Christmas, Mr Speaker, we should aim for Australians to be able to go to work, to be able to be with their family at Christmas, and to return to visit their friends and to look forward to a positive 2021," he said.

The Federal Government has been ramping up pressure on states and territories to open their borders, with Mr Morrison vowing to adopt a national definition of what constitutes a coronavirus "hotspot" regardless of whether other leaders agree.

Queensland's Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the state's southern border restrictions will remain in place for all of September while Mark McGowan has warned Western Australia may remain closed off to the rest of the country "for a long time to come yet".

Tasmania's borders will stay closed until at least December 1, and South Australia and the Northern Territory also still have restrictions in place.

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