MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary="----=_NextPart_000_000B_01D6F270.DD909F70" This is a multipart message in MIME format. ------=_NextPart_000_000B_01D6F270.DD909F70 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="UTF-8" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit SENATOR PENNY WONG LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY IN THE SENATE SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS ACTING SHADOW MINISTER HOME AFFAIRS, IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP LABOR SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA CHRIS BOWEN MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH MEMBER FOR MCMAHON AMA JOINS CALLS FOR ACTION ON QUARANTINE It’s time for the Morrison Government to do it’s job, listen to the experts and deliver on federal Quarantine – to keep Australians safe and to help the 38,000 Australians stranded overseas get home. The AMA has today called on the Government to establish dedicated quarantine facilities similar to the Northern Territory’s Howard Springs camp. The Government’s own hand-picked advisor Jane Halton has briefed Scott Morrison three times on the need for a national border control quarantine system to keep Australians safe from COVID-19. Ms Halton has told Scott Morrison; * the Federal Government can run quarantine under Federal legislation, * how the Federal Government can run quarantine safely – including imposing exclusion zones around quarantine facilities; and * the Federal Government should open up further quarantine centres like at RAAF Learmonth. But a year into this pandemic, Scott Morrison still has no plan for safe national quarantine. As a consequence, 38,000 Australians remain stranded and businesses have no certainty over our borders – which will cost jobs. “The experts are telling us what needs to be done – so when will Scott Morrison stop passing the buck to the states, and step up and deliver on what is a core federal responsibility?” said Senator Penny Wong, Labor’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “We have tens of thousands of Australians stranded around the world, some who have been stuck since the start of this pandemic, and some in increasingly desperate situations - the only roadblock to getting them home is Scott Morrison’s refusal to act.” “Scott Morrison is standing on the sidelines leaving it to the states to protect Australia from the more dangerous strains that are emerging, including B117,” the Shadow Minister for Health, Chris Bowen said. “An Australian passport used to mean something. Australians, whether they are at home or overseas, deserve the support and the protection of their government – instead stranded Australians are being left behind,” said Mr Bowen. SUNDAY, 24 JANUARY 2021 MEDIA CONTACT: CAITLIN RAPER (WONG) 0432 522 598 ELIZA MITCHELL (BOWEN) 0413 410 931 Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra. This is a broadcast email - please do not reply to this email. _____ This email is confidential and may be privileged. If you have received this email by mistake: (1) please notify me immediately and delete the email; (2) you must not use this email or its contents; (3) client legal privilege is not waived. _____ unsubscribe from this list . ------=_NextPart_000_000B_01D6F270.DD909F70 Content-Type: text/html; charset="UTF-8" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable PENNY WONG & CHRIS BOWEN - MEDIA RELEASE - AMA JOINS = CALLS FOR ACTION ON QUARANTINE - SUNDAY, 24 JANUARY 2021
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SENATOR PENNY = WONG
LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY IN THE SENATE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
ACTING SHADOW MINISTER HOME AFFAIRS, IMMIGRATION AND = CITIZENSHIP
LABOR SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA
 
CHRIS BOWEN MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH
MEMBER FOR MCMAHON

AMA JOINS CALLS FOR ACTION ON QUARANTINE
 
It=E2=80=99s time for the Morrison = Government to do it=E2=80=99s job, listen to the experts and deliver on = federal Quarantine =E2=80=93 to keep Australians safe and to help the = 38,000 Australians stranded overseas get home.

The AMA has today called on the Government to establish dedicated = quarantine facilities similar to the Northern Territory=E2=80=99s Howard = Springs camp.

The Government=E2=80=99s own hand-picked advisor Jane Halton has briefed = Scott Morrison three times on the need for a national border control = quarantine system to keep Australians safe from COVID-19. 

Ms Halton has told Scott Morrison;
  • the = Federal Government can run quarantine under Federal legislation,
  • how = the Federal Government can run quarantine safely =E2=80=93 including = imposing exclusion zones around quarantine facilities; and
  • the = Federal Government should open up further quarantine centres like at = RAAF Learmonth.
But a year into this pandemic, Scott = Morrison still has no plan for safe national quarantine.

As a consequence, 38,000 Australians remain stranded and businesses have = no certainty over our borders =E2=80=93 which will cost jobs. 

=E2=80=9CThe experts are telling us what needs to be done =E2=80=93 so = when will Scott Morrison stop passing the buck to the states, and step = up and deliver on what is a core federal responsibility?=E2=80=9D said = Senator Penny Wong, Labor=E2=80=99s Foreign Affairs = spokesperson. 

=E2=80=9CWe have tens of thousands of Australians stranded around the = world, some who have been stuck since the start of this pandemic, and = some in increasingly desperate situations - the only roadblock to = getting them home is Scott Morrison=E2=80=99s refusal to = act.=E2=80=9D 

=E2=80=9CScott Morrison is standing on the sidelines leaving it to the = states to protect Australia from the more dangerous strains that are = emerging, including B117,=E2=80=9D the Shadow Minister for Health, Chris = Bowen said.  

=E2=80=9CAn Australian passport used to mean something. Australians, = whether they are at home or overseas, deserve the support and the = protection of their government =E2=80=93 instead stranded Australians = are being left behind,=E2=80=9D said Mr Bowen.
 
SUNDAY, 24 JANUARY 2021

MEDIA CONTACT:
CAITLIN RAPER (WONG) 0432 522 598
ELIZA MITCHELL (BOWEN) 0413 410 = 931
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Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.
 

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