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Australian court upholds ban on most international travel

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Use the travel bubble to your advantage. Travel to New Zealand and then see if it is possible travel to your desired destination.

Although returning back to Aussieland could be a problem.

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Softballers etc of course not affected. lol

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At least thry're handling it better than many other nations, although winter time is coming to the land Down Under. Better safe than sorry.

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Helps if you're good at running fast or hitting a ball. Cricket players were allowed to go to India and come home again. But if you're an average person, you're outta luck. Wife's Japanese friend in Australia's father died recently, but he wasn't allowed to fly back to Japan for the funeral.

Some say that history doesn't repeat, but it rhymes. Australia was once a prison island, and the national and some state governments seem intent on making it one again. The PM even wants to introduce vaccine passports to travel from state to state.

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We wanted to buy an apartment in nsw, but the agent said they were so scared of covid that they didn’t want to sell it to an Aussie living in Japan. This disease has caused discrimination between people, states and countries.when will it stop? after most are vaccinated? Nope, new varaints will keep us divided.

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An Australian court on Tuesday rejected a challenge to the federal government’s draconian power to prevent most citizens from leaving the country so that they don’t bring COVID-19 home.

Heck yeah! Stay home, stay safe! As long as it takes.

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Except if you are a privileged elite athlete, then no problem.

The Australian government hypocrisy is unbelievable.

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Two-tier travel rights. This is the future, now. Get used to it.

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People are being placed in servitude for the off chance of being infected with a virus?

Don't Australians understand virology?

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kurisupisuToday  03:25 pm JST

People are being placed in servitude for the off chance of being infected with a virus?

Don't Australians understand virology?

Some do, but the media and government etc smear them as "conspiracy theorists."

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The Australian newspaper published a survey last month that found 73% of respondents said the international border should remain closed until at least the middle of next year.

One of the problems with any public opinion poll is that the results depend entirely on how questions are asked. Did this poll ask respondents about "keeping the border closed" or "citizens personal travel restrictions"?

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They appealed to the Federal Court, citing religious and cultural reasons among their exceptional circumstances. But a judge dismissed their case and ordered the couple to pay the government’s legal costs for their challenge.

This is terrifying. These people, who are already taxpayers, not only lost their case but were forced to pay the government's legal costs that it incurred in defeating them because they challenged a law that no other democratic nation has.

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@theResident

Don't like it don't read it!

No one is forcing you.

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The Australian newspaper published a survey last month that found 73% of respondents said the international border should remain closed until at least the middle of next year.

What happened to the people always citing poll results?

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An Australian court on Tuesday rejected a challenge to the federal government’s draconian power to prevent most citizens from leaving the country so that they don’t bring COVID-19 home.

That is indefensible. A country can lock its borders to prevent people from entereing it, but prohibiting people from leaving their country is something that we only know from Eastern Europe in during the cold war and places like North Korea. What is happening to Australia?

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All citizens, of all countries, should have the freedom to leave and enter their country at will.

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I am one of the "79% of respondents agree the international border should stay shut until the pandemic is under control globally".

Without purpose built quarantine facilities capable of handeling thousands of people at a time in every state, it is impossible to safely admit tens of thousands of people per day from nations that do not have covid under control. The smaller numbers already pose problems in containment at hotel quarantine facilities being used.

People complain they cant leave and would then complain when they cant return when they want to.

Sorry but your right to travel during a pandemic does not trump the right of people to remain safe.

The government is charged with the responsibility to keep the people safe and it is doing so. Those who put their rights above others should be free to renounce their citizenship and emigrate immediately to another nation, with no right of return.

Nations frequently "disrupt" the rights of the individual with military conscription, (not currently occurring in Australia) and especially during war which often ends in that persons death as a result.

Losing some personal rights during a pandemic that is a clear danger to the population should be understood better. Less complaining about the restrictions would make everyone's life a little easier.

I would not want to live anywhere else at this point in time. Australia truly is the lucky country.

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I am one of the "79% of respondents agree the international border should stay shut until the pandemic is under control globally".

Totally agree. Australians should stay home and stay safe, whether that be one year, three years or thirty years. Beating this virus is the most important thing.

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For once I’m on the same side as people I usually disagree with. If you want to leave the country and you’re willing to sign a waiver saying you’ll pay for all quarantine costs when you want to get back in, then there shouldn’t be a problem.

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But this becomes total BS considering sports athletes, olympics and others, ARE allowed to leave and return.

What saintly powers to be sanctifies their travels for the purpose of playing games, but not that of others who wish to attend funerals, help family etc etc.

Stinks.

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Once a prison always a prison.

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Recently the Melbourne police were arresting people for .....being in a park!

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Recently the Melbourne police were arresting people for .....being in a park!

Let me qualify that. People who were breaking the law in a park were arrested.

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If sitting down in a park is an arrestable offense then God help the Victorians!

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Reckless

Totally agree. Australians should stay home and stay safe, whether that be one year, three years or thirty years. Beating this virus is the most important thing.

Looks like it will be more than 30 years. Who needs freedom? Trust your government without question.

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Let them go, but don't let them back.

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Judiciary and executive are as one, like two happy turtle doves. The citizens of the Democratic People's Republic of Australia have no wish or need to leave and are all happy. Five year plan working. Glorious Leader Morrison 100% popular in official polls. Will ride to summit of sacred mountain on unicorn to celebrate beating of virus.

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With 30% of the population born overseas and 50% with relatives OS the country is starting to run out of patience with the Govt and the draconian secret kingdom policy. Vaccinate the most at risk let others choose!

Open the borders now! :)

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For all the lunatics out there:

...absence of critical thinking skills, inability to understand real risk, relinquishing liberties, and freedoms for presumed safety, and believing self-proclaimed medical “experts” has been a disgraceful exhibition of weakness, self-enslavement, and voluntary confinement at the behest of tyrannical politicians.

The media is the Virus.

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Sorry but your right to travel during a pandemic does not trump the right of people to remain safe.

Sorry peter14,

You are not a god and safety is NEVER guaranteed. If you are so scared, please stay locked in your home.

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As I posted earlier, on this issue I am, for once, on the same side as people I usually disagree with. But I've gotta say when I read the ignorant and deeply unpleasant comments from some of those people as manifested above, I'm not completely happy about it.

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deeply unpleasant comments from some of those people as manifested above

Oh the horror! I'm sure the mods will delete the means words that make you unhappy.

Then everything will be alright.

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