Leaders from the agriculture, tourism and education sectors are calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison and state and territory leaders to deliver a plan to safely reopen our international border, as the costs of Australia’s isolation continue to multiply.
Agriculture, tourism and education are among the industries worst hit by Australia’s strict international border closure – struggling amid an absence of international workers, visitors and students.
National Farmers’ Federation, Chief Executive Tony Mahar, said it was time for National Cabinet to outline a plan to reopen our doors.
“We’re not saying we need to reopen tomorrow. Public safety must always come first, but part of ensuring public safety is planning for the future.
“What we want is clarity over the criteria for reopening the border that will keep Australians safe and allow businesses to plan ahead.
“The absence of any National Cabinet-endorsed roadmap to reopen borders is an embarrassment, and it risks eroding the advantage Australia has earned by successfully managing the pandemic.
“It also sends an adverse signal to our region and the world that is seeing Australia branded a ‘hermit nation’ by commentators,” Mr Mahar said.
Questions industry leaders are calling on National Cabinet to answer in a national roadmap include: