Premier Mark McGowan trends on Twitter across Australia amid support in border clash with Clive Palmer
Jul 30, 2020
By Josh Zimmerman
Mark McGowan is trending nationwide as Twitter users flood the platform with an outpouring of support for the WA Premier over his hard border stance.
The hashtag #IStandWithMarkMcGowan began trending in Australia early this afternoon after hundreds of accounts posted messages of support for Mr McGowan and many also took the opportunity to have a crack at Clive Palmer over his legal challenge of WA’s border.
It is the latest show of public support for Mr McGowan and come as an online petition calling for the hard border to remain in place surged past 176,000 signatures.
A separate online petition objecting to Mr Palmer’s attempt to tear down the WA hard borders has attracted nearly 30,000 signatures – while a “satirical” Facebook group urging West Australians to “cough at” the mining magnate at Perth Airport if he is permitted into the State has been supported by nearly 33,000 users.
A Facebook group titled “Mark McGowan for Prime Minister” has also attracted more than 4100 members, the majority of whom joined in the past 24 hours.
“The Covid-19 crisis brings out everyone's true colours and abilities,” the description of the group reads.
Premier Mark McGowan is enjoying a huge surge in popularity. Credit: Danella Bevis/The West Australian
“We believe that the way Mark McGowan has handled himself and made critical decisions for the benefit of WA has been far superior to the decisions made by (Prime Minister Scott Morrison) and his government.
“Join us to show Mark McGowan how much support he has for Prime Minister in 2022.”
Border challenge: Clive Palmer. Credit: DAN PELED/AAPIMAGE
Unfortunately for members of the group, Mr McGowan ruled out a tilt at Federal politics earlier this week when asked about his future ambitions at The West Australian’s Leadership Matters event.
Mr Palmer’s challenge of the WA border has captured public attention this week after hearings began in the Federal Court on Monday, with the trial slated to wrap up tomorrow before heading to the High Court later this year.
The Queensland billionaire believes WA’s ban on interstate travellers is unconstitutional and launched his legal bid after being denied entry to the State in May.
Mr McGowan has steadfastly maintained his border policy has allowed the State to re-open “further and faster” and is the best line of defence against coronavirus returning to WA.
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