Australian PM defends ban on citizens returning from India; Says that it is in ‘best interest’: Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison on Monday defended his government’s decision to impose sanctions and jail terms and fines for those trying to return to India from Australia, saying it was in the country’s “best interests” and the transition to A third wave has to be stopped.
The Australian government, for the first time in history, recently banned its citizens from returning home if they had spent up to 14 days before flying into India.
The government threatened to prosecute him with the possibility of a five-year prison sentence or a fine of 66,000 Australian dollars (the US $ 50,899).
Morrison said that this is a temporary arrangement and a very difficult decision.
He said that it has been put in place to ensure that we do not get a third wave here in Australia and that our quarantine system can remain strong.
He said that he feels very bad for the Indian community.
“We have seen a seven-fold increase in the rate of infection at our Howard Springs facility coming back from India.
Morrison said, “It is important that we ensure that we have a temporary halt in those quarantine facilities to strengthen those arrangements, get strong testing arrangements, both on people coming from third countries except India Too.”
He said he would like to run those repatriation flights safely again.
“These are the things we have to do to ensure that I can do this, so I can. We have already brought some 20,000 people home from India through supported flights and convenience flights, and They were only registered. And so it has been a big effort to get people home, “the Prime Minister told the 2GB radio channel.
“We have a biosecurity law for over a year now and no one has gone to jail … there has been no irresponsible use of those powers,” he said.
Morrison said the Chief Medical Officer had clear advice that this was a decision that was supported and should be taken.
The Prime Minister was criticized by Leader of the Opposition Anthony Albanese for leaving Australian leaders in India and threatening passengers with fines and prison sentences.
“Australia has obligations to our citizens, who are Australians – not only to leave them overseas but to then threaten them,” Albania quoted media reports here on Sunday.
Deputy National Leader Matt Canavan tweeted on Monday, describing the government’s decision, “We should help India to return, not to make fun of them.” ”
Morrison said the ban was under a continuing review and that “it should only be for as long as Australians need to be there to be safe.”
Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly has said that the Australian Health Protection Committee, the specialist health advisory group, said the risk from India was “a benchmark of concern”.
According to the Union Ministry of Health, on Monday, India saw a slight decline in daily COVID-19 cases with 3,68,147 new coronavirus infections, the total number of cases being 1,99,25,604.
The death toll increase to 2,18,959 with 3,417 daily Australian new deaths.