Former Australian cricket star Michael Slater said Prime Minister Scott Morrison has “blood on his hands” on the travel ban Between India and Australia Which came into force on Monday.
Australia has threatened anyone entering the country that it has been in India for the past 14 days, including its own citizens. Passengers can face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to 66,600 Australian dollars ($ 51,500).
In Twitter post On Monday, Slater said: “If our government cared for the safety of the Australians they would allow us to get home. It’s a disgrace. Blood on your hands PM. How do you treat us like that.” How do you sort out the quarantine system. ” “
Slater was working as a commentator for the Indian Premier League in India, when banned. Cnn affiliate seven news.
The new measures have been met with widespread resentment from human rights activists, Indian Australians and even Morrison’s own party politicians.
A prominent conservative columnist said the ban “stinks of racism.”
PM’s response: Morrison told Australia’s Nine Network It was “absurd” to say that he had blood on his hands.
“We have got a temporary halt because we have seen a rapid increase in infection rates among people going out of India which is putting a lot of pressure on our system,” he said.
Facing criticism over his new measures, Morrison said that virtually any Australian under the ban was given “too much zero” opportunity.
“We will use whatever measures are available to us, compassionately, and impartially and responsibly, as we have performed for over a year,” he said.
Difficult penetration measures: According to the federal government, there are around 9,000 Australian citizens registered in India who want to go back to Australia.
Only Australian citizens, permanent residents and people coming from New Zealand can enter Australia with a few exceptions. 14 days must be spent in state managed quarantine upon entering all the incoming countries.