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Australia receives backlash for harsh travel ban against India

Australia receives backlash for harsh travel ban against India”

Mr Morrison said no one had been jailed and it was unlikely anyone would.

"The Act is very explicit that the minister must be satisfied by those things that I mentioned", he said. "So, I think people need to look at this in perspective".

Rather than fly to India, the grieving daughter watched the cremation of her parents on videos relatives had sent to her.

"The risk assessment that informed the decision was based on the proportion of overseas travellers in quarantine in Australia who have acquired a Covid-19 infection in India".

In a statement Saturday, the Australian Human Rights Commission said the travel ban and criminal sanctions raised "serious human rights concerns", and called for the Senate to review the new measures immediately.

Federal Opposition leader Anthony Albanese said the Federal Government must justify the "extraordinary" decision to threaten Australians with prison time for returning home, and questioned why India was targeted while similar bans were not instituted when new infections peaked in the U.S. and UK.

"Indeed, I keep hearing people criticise Indian Australians for having gone back to India in the first place, as if they were recklessly choosing some foreign hellhole over Australia".

Australia has agreed to provide emergency medical supplies to India, including more than 1000 non-invasive ventilators, and has offered to supply personal protective equipment.

Australia's chief medical officer says he was not behind the Federal Government's decision to penalise Australians returning from India with up to five years in prison or a $66,000 fine, despite government figures saying the drastic travel ban was enacted on public health advice. "It's a disgrace!" Slater wrote.

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"Strong words, and I am sure you can sense through Michael his frustration, and I am sure his frustration is shared from a lot of Australians who are stranded, not just cricketers, but Australians stranded in other parts of the world who want to come home", he said on 2GB to Ben Fordham.

Whether Australian citizens can be banned from entering the country is a matter that may have to be tested in the High Court.

"Australian cricket will throw its support behind India's Covid-19 Crisis Appeal, with Cricket Australia, the Australian Cricketers; Association and UNICEF Australia partnering to raise much needed funds", CA said in a statement.

"I think the likelihood of anything like that occurring is pretty much zero", Morrison told Australia's Nine Network on Tuesday morning, saying the country had yet to jail anyone under emergency biosecurity powers that went into effect past year.

Greenberg said they would just have to work with the government to make sure everyone can return home.

Slater, who has been working as a commentator in the Indian Premier League, said the PM has "blood on his hands" in a scathing social media post on Monday night. How dare you treat us like this.

Government senator Matt Canavan said in a tweet Monday that it was more important to fix Australia's quarantine system than to "leave our fellow Australians stranded".

The statement came once PM Scott Morrison confirmed there would be no special arrangement to bring back the cricketers now in India taking part in the Indian Premier League.



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