Good News: ScoMo Wants Some International Travel To Get Going Again Before July 2021
UPDATE Tuesday July 1: There's been some promising developments for international travel, with the EU keen to get Aussies back to Europe sooner than we thought. More here.
It’s been a depressing day or so for those who love travelling (presumably all of us?), after Qantas CEO Alan Joyce downed heaps of his fleet and said international travel won’t happen again till at least July 2021; and the Chief Medical Officer used his last day in the top job to tell us that international travel, he thinks, will remain impossible until we have a vaccine for coronavirus.
This news comes after much talk of a Bali travel bubble, another similar travel situation for Aussies who want to head to Fiji and, of course, the much-anticipated free travel set-up between Australia and New Zealand. And while you’d be sensible in perhaps not packing your bags just yet – our PM has reignited hopes today that international travel might not have to wait till next year or a vaccine… especially if you’re keen on a trip to NZ.
In responding to a question around Alan Joyce’s predictions that international travel would remain impossible until at least July 2021, ScoMo said in a press conference today that he ‘hoped’ international travel to some places would be able to occur much sooner than that. “We hope we can come to an arrangement with New Zealand before that,” he said. So while NZ travel could be a go soon, it looks like ScoMo isn’t willing to make any promises about other countries just yet - and didn’t disagree with Joyce’s predictions on the whole.
"Whether it's with other nations, a number of other countries expressed an interest given our health success in Australia. That doesn't necessarily mean that they will be invitations we take up."
"As you look around the world and you see the intensity of the virus escalating, not decelerating, then I think it is not unreasonable for Alan Joyce to form the view he has. No-one really knows and that's the problem."
Scott Morrison attended the press conference after his meeting with the National Cabinet today to discuss the worsening situation in Victoria; and where states go from here. Also on the agenda was how the govt can better support arts and music venues, and a discussion around those good old state borders reopening (a heated topic to say the least).
Our 3 step roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia with our aim to get through these steps and get Australia working again in July this year.
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) May 8, 2020
We also heard from ScoMo yesterday, too. In what was a rather depressing press conference on Thursday, the PM said what we all know (or should know) to be true: coronavirus ain't going anywhere. This really is – his favourite words! – our new normal.
“We’ve got to live alongside COVID. It’s not going anywhere. We’ve got the systems of protections in place, as we’re demonstrating in Victoria,” he said. “We’ve got to keep forging ahead and do that together.”
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