(NCS) — The Australian government has been accused of racism after threatening five-year jail sentences for residents who breach a short lived ban on journey between India and Australia.
“The Government does not make these decisions lightly,” Hunt stated within the assertion. “However, it is critical the integrity of the Australian public health and quarantine systems is protected and the number of Covid-19 cases in quarantine facilities is reduced to a manageable level.”
“We should be helping Aussies in India return, not jailing them,” he stated. Around 9,000 Australians in India are registered with the government as desirous to return to Australia.
“I can’t believe we would impose such a travel ban on white Australians fleeing from, say, England,” he stated.
“The need for such restrictions must be publicly justified. The Government must show that these measures are not discriminatory and the only suitable way of dealing with the threat to public health,” the assertion stated.
Speaking on native radio on Monday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated the choice had been taken “in the best health interests of Australia.”
He stated the powers could be “used responsibly” to implement the block on arrivals from India, to ease stress on the resort quarantine system.
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Sydney, Australia, on Tuesday, April 27.
At a press convention Sunday, Foreign Minister Marise Payne denied the brand new measures have been racist and stated the ban was based mostly on recommendation from Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly.
However, in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday, Kelly stated that there was “no advice given” to impose fines and jail phrases.
“That’s just how the Biosecurity Act works. If there is a breach of what is seen as an use of the emergency powers, then that’s what transpires,” Kelly stated.
Kelly added that he had instructed the government one thing wanted to be finished concerning the quantity of constructive circumstances coming into Australia’s resort quarantine system.
Foreign Minister Payne stated Sunday 57% of coronavirus infections detected in quarantine have been from India at current.
Journalist Angus Watson contributed to this text.