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Australian PM Morrison may visit Japan in November

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Hopefully the hundreds of thousands of Australian citizens and residents stranded abroad will have their situation sorted by then.

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@ AG - there are currently 23,000 Aussies overseas registered as wanting to come home. Don't know where this "hundreds of thousands" figure comes from. Lets not dramatize things. The vast majority of Aussies overseas have lives, jobs and families and are staying put.

Having said that, the gov't absolutely should be doing more to get stranded ones back from far-flung places like South America where there are no commercial flights.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.sbs.com.au/v1/news/article/this-map-shows-the-extent-of-the-australians-stranded-abroad-desperate-to-come-home/f537e93b-01df-487d-9255-fad67e7c5076

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Will he go via Hawaii?

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That'll be a fun and productive meeting: Scotty from Marketing and PM Suga the lemon sucker.

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Dear Australia,

For the longest time you keep telling us about this alliance against China.

We made a huge deal to sell them cutting edge submarines worth Billions. It would have been the biggest sale in Japan's history and a big boost for our companies.

Everything was agreed, talked about, done deal verbally, promises made.

When new Australian PM came to power.... That deal went to France! No I'm not joking, France! Which is at the other side of the Earth. While Japan is next door to Australia. Thanks Aussies! Your support as always shows!

Let me guess, if something happens with China, Japan will become the battleground while You and America is at a safe distance. Thanks, great plan!

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Nice to know that politicians can travel without impairment while the rest of us have to go through hell and high water to cross a border.

Yet another case of one rule for them, another for us.

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Nice to know that politicians can travel without impairment while the rest of us have to go through hell and high water to cross a border.

Your holiday to Ibiza, visiting friends or family or business trip is much less important than matters of state. But it is cute that you think it should hold the same importance and get the same priority as the head of government.

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Peter14Today  01:18 pm JST

Nice to know that politicians can travel without impairment while the rest of us have to go through hell and high water to cross a border.

Your holiday to Ibiza, visiting friends or family or business trip is much less important than matters of state. But it is cute that you think it should hold the same importance and get the same priority as the head of government.

And your faith that politicians of any flavour, with the exception of a precious few, care a whit about the citizens they're supposed to represent is cute, if a little misguided. They can use online meetings like the rest of us are forced to, or cut travel restrictions.

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Force him to isolate in a hotel for a couple of months to see how he likes it.

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peter14:

Your holiday to Ibiza, visiting friends or family or business trip is much less important than matters of state.

Speak for yourself. While many in Japan have been prefecture-hopping, I haven't even left my town since early January. I even had to miss a relative's funeral this month. So, not all of us are spoilt, selfish people.

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Speak for yourself. While many in Japan have been prefecture-hopping, I haven't even left my town since early January. I even had to miss a relative's funeral this month. So, not all of us are spoilt, selfish people.

Nice to hear your not one of the selfish few. I have been in the middle of the hard lock down in Melbourne and cant travel more than 5km from my house. I go shopping every 5 days for groceries and cant have visitors or visit anyone either. And I live alone. I did not vote for Morrison for PM and probably wont next time either.

Having said all that, the relationship between Japan and Australia is vital to both and for the PM to travel (when safe enough to do so) and put himself through the compulsory quarantine on return is showing the new Japanese PM just how important Japan is to Australia. They also clearly have much to discuss about trade, travel and tourism and regional security. It is significant that the first place the PM travels to is Japan (should it be safe to do so) during the covid crisis. Not America, not New Zealand but Japan.

So yeah while my sympathy goes out to all doing it tough I think it should be realized that world leaders need to work hard to pick up the pieces and try to get back to an acceptable normal state asap. He is a guinea pig or sorts and should anyone in his party come down with covid during or upon return then we know that International travel is still risky.

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Nice to hear your not one of the selfish few. I have been in the middle of the hard lock down in Melbourne and cant travel more than 5km from my house. I go shopping every 5 days for groceries and cant have visitors or visit anyone either. And I live alone. I did not vote for Morrison for PM and probably wont next time either.

Calling someone selfish for questioning the actions of a politician is drawing a long bow when Morrison's defying the law he expects others to follow. Politicians are not above the law, no matter how important they believe themselves to be. Especially when this virus is not nearly as dangerous to the vast majority of people as politicians claim it to be. So why continue essentially imprison an entire nation when the government now knows what it arguably did not know 6 months ago? By all means, protect the most vulnerable, namely those in nursing homes and the like, and let everyone else get back to a normal life?

Not sure what your opinion of Daniel Andrews is, but it was him that put you in that farce of a hard lockdown. The same one that nobody is claiming responsibility for in the inquiry, and the same one the Vic government is shying away from fining that group responsible for the Casey outbreak (who broke the 5km rule) for purportedly racial reasons while setting the police loose on anyone else who publicly questions the wisdom of the lockdown.

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The lock down was and is necessary. Daniel Andrews has been doing a fine job since his initial blunder using unskilled security guards rather than the army.

It is the Governments that make the rules and plan for the future. If it is deemed unsafe to travel to Japan then the trip will be delayed. The Government is still bringing in Australians from OS and there are 20-30,000 left to come home. Limited trade continues and your assumption that the entire nation is virtually imprisoned is a false statement. Melbourne is the only city in Australia in lock down, which will end soon. Border crossings have been limited but not fully closed. Road transport of goods continues between all states and the odd exception is made under application for medical or other serious issues. The doom and gloom brigade have been making up false facts to get sympathy.

If the PM is not allowed to carry on in the Nations interest while taking all precautions then the world really has ended. Time for your anarchy to reign.

If Morrison thinks its needed then it probably is. He is not going to Japan for a vacation or just to get out of one of the safest places to be in the world right now for one a little less so. He is doing his job. If people would rather he did not do his job, or think they could do it better then run for office. Otherwise let the man do what hes paid for, until he gets voted out.

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Good for 2 reasons

Another step reopening the border

And another example of how stupid lock

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