Spot on Posh. We should also remember that the second most recent outbreak in Perth was due to someone who travelled to India to get married and returned with the virus.It depends. How many of the 9,000 aussie citizens / perm residents in India travelled their since Covid restrictions on leaving Australia have been announced (ie. since around April last year?
There is a big difference between stranded Aussies overseas and those that decided to take the risk of travelling to another country during a pandemic for whatever reason that they did, whether it be a family funeral, wedding, or for work (Michael Slater).
I find it hard to be supportive for those that travelled on a risk weighted decision, when the risk goes against them and they become stranded. If 1 of my family members in the UK died, I wouldn't be travelling to the UK as the risk is too great. I have my brothers wedding next year but I still don't know if I will go as the risk could also be too high. There have been numerous people that have cancelled weddings due to Covid, and remember there were a lot of people who didn't get to go to funerals IN Australia last year. Why should the country take the risk, for a personal decision that others have made??
At the end of the day the governments job is to protect the 25m citizens living in Australia predominantly which is what they are doing. This isn't a racist play, no-one was saying the same when flights from China were banned last year.
Given the very unfortunate circumstances in India at the moment this decision is a no brainer until we can get quarantine to a point where it can cope with the increased numbers of infected returnees.