In this context, keeping the border between NSW and Victoria open was an important symbol of that unified cross-state effort.
And it had limited practical consequences. Other than for those in Albury-Wodonga, where a hard border closure would have meant cutting off 35,000 or so Wodonga residents from access to the nearest hospital, it did little to encourage actual movement across state lines.
At the time, no one in either NSW or Victoria was allowed to leave their homes except to perform…
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