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A Canberra politician is in quarantine in Western Australia after discovering two days after his stay that he violated the state’s strict coronavirus border rules

ACT Liberal Mark Parton traveled to WA from Canberra on Monday to visit his mother despite having been in New South Wales for the past 14 days

According to the border rules of WA, anyone who has been in New South Wales in the past two weeks is not allowed to enter without exception

Mr. Parton said he had only been in Queanbeyan, just over the ACT border, for “a few hours” and had not registered with him that he had traveled to NSW

“I realized I was unknowingly breaking the WA border restrictions by spending a couple of hours just a few miles across the ACT border,” he said

“To be honest, it just didn’t occur to me that I had ‘traveled to NSW’ when flying to WA this week

“Queanbeyan is only 10 kilometers from my house and at the end of the day I tend to think of it as a suburb of Canberra”

No cases of COVID-19 have been detected in Queanbeyan However, WA’s border rules apply to the entire state of NSW

A spokeswoman for WA Police did not comment on individual cases, but said reported quarantine violations would be investigated

Mr. Parton, who is the deputy speaker of the ACT Legislative Assembly and who owns a number of shadow portfolios, declined the ABC’s request for an interview

But the Canberra Liberals released a statement saying that Mr. Parton believed he was acting within the rules at the time of the trip

“At the time of completing his G2G application, Mr. Parton was not in NSW within the relevant time period,” the statement said

“However, a few weeks after submitting the application, he visited NSW less than 3 km above the ACT border

“Given the nature of the ACT / NSW border, it really didn’t occur to Mr Parton that he had ‘traveled to NSW’ when he arrived in WA”

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