Prime Minister Scott Morrison has failed to convince Western Australia to join the rest of the country in aiming to take down borders by Christmas.

National Cabinet’s other state and territory leaders had agreed with the “ambition” to ease restrictions and return to a new normal by December, Mr Morrison said.

The Federal Government has been applying pressure to states and territories to sign up to a national standard for defining coronavirus hotspots.

Mr Morrison said states and territories had failed to reach full agreement on a three-step reopening plan, flagging a move away from a consensus-based decision-making model in National Cabinet.

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