International travelers from across the world should be allowed to cross the state borders in Australia starting from July onwards after the Prime Minister Scott Morrison has supported removing the barriers which are greatly taking a toll on the economy of the country through costing jobs and also putting tourism industry at risk.
As the tourism operators have argued for establishing certainty so that families can start booking their winter holidays, the Prime Minister has told the Parliament that the state leaders to stay committed towards opening their borders in July so that the international customers know what to expect from the Australian tourism industry.
The controls are one of the relevant points of discussion in the national cabinet ahead of the groups next meeting in the house of Parliament, where the Prime Minister Scott Morrison would possibly push for the uplifting the restrictions.
On the other hand, the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk had initially made an unsupportive statement for the industrialists where she has predicted September to be a potential date for ending the state’s ban kept on interstate holidaymakers but later signaled that it could also take place in July.
The dissatisfaction has also spread to New Zealand, where Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister of the country has blamed the slow decision makers across Australia for postponing the travel industry to operate smoothly within the Tasmanian sea.
Mr. Morrison in a national statement has agreed that the best way to support the crashing airlines businesses such as Virgin and Qantas is to remove the border controls. He further added that if the administration is concerned about the employees working with airline industry then it’s important to open the domestic borders in order to keep the economy running within the country.
The Australian Prime Minister reiterated that all state and territories should act upon the three-step timetable which was being agreed by the cabinet in order to achieve the completely uplift the restrictions in July.
Mr. Peters further criticized the slower federal structure of the Australian government which is causing a hindrance in implementing the protocols of the existing travel bubble. While addressing a local media group he said not to retrain the movement between Australia and New Zealand because of the slower actions of one state in Australia.
The statement was further supported by Simon Birmingham, the Tourism Minister of Australia who also said that we should not wait for the slowest state of the Australian subcontinent to reopen the travel bans within New Zealand.
The Queensland Premier Ms. Palaszczuk replied to the critics saying that the latest results of the coronavirus recovery that has come from New South Wales are encouraging and have indicated July to be the nearest date for reopening the borders of the state and removing the restrictions on travel.
She further added that wherever possible, the restrictions will be eased without any further delay. The border controls are being said to be considered at the end of the month of June when the state will enter into the state three of easing out the bans. The precautions are still in place because the country is still recording community transmission within the state of Victoria and there still exists around 360 active cases in the state of NSW but it’s encouraging that the NSW has started to record zero new cases.
However, the frustration among the industrialists grew after Mr. Simon Westaway, the managing director of the Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC) stated that the council could not foresee a real recovery of the sector before the end of the current year.
Amidst of these statements, the Deputy Premier of the state of Queensland, Steven Miles has said that the government has nowhere denied or have ignored that the businesses were suffering due to the closures caused due to the pandemic but they cannot admit that restrictions on opening the borders can be blamed as a sole reason for the economic downturn of the entire tourism industry. Restrictions on the local as well as international travel has indeed took a toll on the economy of two nations and has impacted the livelihood of number of employees associated with the same but one should accept that the travel ban existed at a number of levels. Further, since there were restrictions operating on individuals to cross the national borders while travelling from other international countries, it is difficult to conclude which particular restrictions have eventually caused particularly what all economic losses.
Pauline Hanson, Queensland One Nation senator has also said that the statement establishing the denial of the state government from the facts that the border closure has not caused any impact on the growth of the businesses is unverified and the justifications for the same are also diminishing.
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