NT Government puts international students first, Aussies last

Last week, the Northern Territory (NT) confirmed that it would keep hard border controls in place for at least another 18 months, with the closure remaining indefinite for Victoria:

Mr Gunner told ABC 24 the list of banned states and territories was more likely to increase than decrease, and 18 months was a “conservative” estimate for when the borders would be wide open again.

“We have got an indefinite ban on Victoria, and Sydney keeps bubbling away to a point to I can’t give you a date where that would ever lift,” he said.

“My advice to every Territorian, if you can, stay here in the Territory. You’re safe here, don’t go.

“If you can, cancel your Christmas holiday plans, stay here in the Northern Territory”…

Mr Gunner told ABC 24 the list of banned states and territories was more likely to increase than decrease, and 18 months was a “conservative” estimate for when the borders would be wide open again.

“We have got an indefinite ban on Victoria, and Sydney keeps bubbling away to a point to I can’t give you a date where that would ever lift,” he said.

“My advice to every Territorian, if you can, stay here in the Territory. You’re safe here, don’t go.

“If you can, cancel your Christmas holiday plans, stay here in the Northern Territory”…

At the same time, the NT Government is rolling out the red carpet to international students from virus-ridden nations, and taxpayers will help foot the cost:

The Northern Territory is set to join South Australia in welcoming back international students, with plans in place for a charter flight of about 100 students to arrive in Darwin and spend two weeks in quarantine.

NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner… put the proposal for a “secure corridor” pilot return of students to Scott Morrison several weeks ago.

The federal government is understood to have been ready to approve it then but held back because the NT government went into pre-election caretaker mode, a period when no major decisions are taken.

However, both Mr Gunner’s Labor Party and the opposition Country Liberal Party are believed to be ready to reactivate the pilot plan if they win government…

According to Mr Gunner’s “secure corridor” proposal to the Prime Minister, 100 students from several Asian countries were to have taken a charter flight from Kuala Lumpur to Darwin last week on August 10…

The NT government was ready to pay half the $2500 per student cost of the two-week quarantine for students who were studying at Charles Darwin University or other Territory tertiary institutions.

Meanwhile, Australians returning from overseas to the NT are being charged the full $2,500 cost ($5,000 for families) for their hotel quarantine. Thus, international students will receive more favourable treatment from the NT Government than the Territory’s own returning residents.

The NT Government, like South Australia, has kowtowed to the rent-seeking university lobby at the expense of actual voter constituents and citizens of this country.

The public anger at the University industry is because their actions on many fronts has been against the national interest and the cause of moral hazard and asymmetrical risk.

We’ve witnessed the universities’ treason with Confucius Institutes on campus, the treatment of Drew Pavlou, negotiating special deals at the start of the pandemic for students to skirt travel bans via third countries, and now a special deal for students to return to Australia as part a wider plan whilst the rest of us cannot travel interstate or leave the country.

Why on earth would the NT Government bring in infected foreigners, at taxpayer’s expense, when we see daily reports of quarantine failure everywhere and one outbreak could smash the economy to smithereens?

There is no such thing as a “secure corridor”. This is pure marketing spin.

In order to maintain the strongest possible quarantine integrity, no one should be allowed into Australia unless they are citizens or permanent residents. There must be no exceptions and no special deals for the rent-seeking university industry.

Leith van Onselen
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  1. reusachtigeMEMBER

    This is a good move by the NT government and will help their education businesses boost their profits

    • happy valleyMEMBER

      Yep – typical Straya. Foreign students and uni VCs over residents. We are only good for HnH and this country’s leaders will do whatever it takes in that regard.

    • Yep, get back to work Ivan and pay your taxes — the welfare of students doesn’t pay for itself.

      That said there are enough people in this country that would prostrate themselves for Gubbermint at any opportunity — a couple of them ‘members’ here (no names needed).

  2. Lower than whale sh*t. ALL of them.
    I hope they or SA get get a breakout into the community and the states get smashed.

    • MountainGuinMEMBER

      The only silver lining is an international student based covid breakout in a small jurisdiction “should” mean equivalent proposals don’t get up in more populous jurisdictions. Its sorta NT taking one for the team.
      Sorry to any NT readers that you will pay for the students and maybe pay for their infections.

    • I like your verbal creativity and agree with your sentiment but according to a Netflix doco I watched last week, whale poop actually floats. (And some people go out and catch it in nets, they even trained a dog to sniff it out!)

      Netflix docuseries : “connected”.

  3. my sharonaMEMBER

    At a certain point the opportunity for a constitutional challenge must emerge. If they’re open to the international trade in students then they must allow domestic, non? Rock a few students up to the border.

  4. I’m loving the unbounded cheek of “secure corridor”. Right up there with Lebensraum, Heim ins Reich, jobs and growth, needs based and sector blind, or net zero emissions. Somebody give that willing functionary a big promotion.

    • Yep, how can we spin this to the morons (pardon me, ‘citizens’).

      “Secure corridor” — that’ll do it!

      They wouldn’t get away with this in other countries — the citizens don’t tolerate sht like this.

  5. Totes BeWokeMEMBER

    “Gunner rules out making a deal with independents to form minority government”

    https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6183522252001

    That should have been the end of that government on Saturday. It should have been a red rag to a bull with Independents determining what happens to NT this morning.

    Getting rid of LNP and Labor, state and federal is the only way out of this corporatre big business, donation, big Australia, neoliberal mess.

    • I agree, As a Darwin resident for 20 plus years, I’ve seen the demise of the former NTU now CDU with it’s suspect Confucius Institute and with ties to a very compromised Lord Mayor .My red line is the BRI. If that traitor Gunner signs us up. I’m gone. This place has turned into a brain dead mass of overpaid and bloated public servants that don’t justify their cost or benefit to the greater NT. Absolutely same job.

      • Shame Job…apologies for typo. . Not in a good mood this morning. Such corrupt BS here in Top End. UGH

        • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

          It’s everywhere in Australia.

          The way I see it, is if they were in our interests, they wouldn’t be leading LNP or Labor. That is literally the way it is. The absolute worst person for our future leads Australia and every state and territory because they’ve been put there by interests counter to ours.

          Political donations were always bringing us to this point in Australian politics.

          It needs resetting, and THE ONLY WAY is to remove LNP and Labor via independents.

      • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

        Given absolutely everywhere I go, all I hear is disgust with LNP and Labor and where Australia is headed, I just cannot comprehend why voters aren’t taking the obvious path to get Australia back for Australians.

        It’s the most bizarre thing to watch.

        • Totes, It’s bizarre alright. I’m thinking the whole game of mates is rigged. From the very top the the bottom, smoke and mirrors, dog and pony show. Keeping up appearances of a so called democracy.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            Absolutely it’s rigged. MSM, councils, states and territories, federal.

            There’s one way out. Wipe them out.

            We still have our democracy, and the arguments we read among comments here and in MSM suggesting our democracy is designed to operate as a two party system, and against our interests just don’t add up.

            This is all the fault of voters. Too dumb to vote in their own interests. Voting LNP and Labor out is a matter of getting angry as a nation, getting coordinated and simply doing it.

            On the Friday media would be talking about who’s going to win. LNP or Labor, and on the Monday not a single candidate from either is left.

            BAM, the CHANGE we all wanted we get.

            Here’s the problem Dr Smithy suggested……

            “we’d get a disorganised rabble”

            lol….As opposed to a dual party 100% against our interests? Give me the rabble.

          • And they have a compliant media to back them. The occasional loan dissenter is quickly dismissed as a raycist or extremist.

            Pauline Hanson is pure gold for the establishment because she has the intellect of a peanut thus undermining some of the legitimate dissenting views.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            Domonic “has the intellect of a peanut thus undermining some of the legitimate dissenting views”

            Yep, I think it’s worse than that. She’s had the chance to hold the government over a barrel and hasn’t done it. Why?

            Then again, I keep a keen eye on what she says and does, and I think she reacts to what her constituents want, which is often micro issues, as opposed to the overarching problem of immigration in general.

            IMO, the problem is the electorates disconnect between immigration and all our problems. That’s media, that’s LNP, Labor and Greens all being the same thing.

            We recently watched Channel nine and Fairfax amalgamate and there wasn’t a single word of protest I heard or saw from anywhere.

          • Here’s the problem Dr Smithy suggested……

            “we’d get a disorganised rabble”

            lol….As opposed to a dual party 100% against our interests? Give me the rabble.

            LOL. You are a shameless liar.

            What I *actually* said was that if you destroyed one party in our two party system – assuming that was even possible given voting mechanics – you’d end up with a disorganised rabble alongside a single party who would be in Government.

            It’s the second part that’s the problem. Your wet dream eventuates as the Coalition running the country largely unopposed and parctically unopposable, except for the most egregious of overreach.

            The solution is not to destroy a party, it’s to destroy the structures that produce a two-party system.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            Dr Smithy

            “The solution is not to destroy a party, it’s to destroy the structures that produce a two-party system.”

            Okay great. Outline how we destroy the structures. You’re dreaming. WE DON’T MAKE THE RULES.

            We have control over one single aspect. Who we vote for. There’s only one way to fix this. Destroy Labor, and replace them with compliant independents.

        • It’ll happen the minute JK disappears, IF it ever does. Once people realise they were conned about joining the elites through the trade of their shelter and there’s no jobs or money for food, they’ll riot.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            I reckon you’re right, but I also think government are well on the way to controlling us enough, including censorship, it’ll be difficult.

            Our time is right now. We need to rid government of LNP and Labor, ASAP, state, territory and federal.

        • billygoatMEMBER

          @totes be woke
          And yet those same folk ‘wear a mask’ ‘ wash their hands’ ‘self isolate’ and endure ‘curfew’ because same lib lab f wits got their ‘chief’ medical officer to say it’s a good idea TGEN they got an expert to ‘sign’ it for deaf folk on TV every night. Clearly most folk are blind to what is happening before their eyes and dumb to speak

      • Ukraine fnMEMBER

        I lived in Darwin back in the late 80’s and it was the same bloated mess back then.

          • Locus of ControlMEMBER

            Precisely. That’s the problem with the NT – the mendicaNT state (technically territory). I’d like to see that on our number plates up here.

  6. LNP = Labor.

    There’s now no difference. They will both put foreigners and their mates first. Australian citizens last.

  7. I’m not against the idea, just user a remote quarantine location – like Christmas Island – recover costs, and extend the quarantine to something safer like a month rather than just fourteen days.

    • Has there been any disclosure by the government what course these international students are enrolled in? What are the reasons why they cannot study online?

  8. darklydrawlMEMBER

    I wish one of the Jounalists would ask, 1: how the ‘secure corridor’ can practially function, and 2: if such a thing were possible, why are they prioritising foreign nationals over citizens with the limited flights and entry spots? I am also curious as to why citizens have to pay 100% of the quarantine costs vs on 50% for the students?

    • Cause the students bring$ 30K a year, and buy an apartment for 400K? And work for half wages.
      All good for the 1 % ponzi winners.
      Cheaper to move to Vanauatu – only 150K for a citizenship which gets you the loophole to unlimited EU visa.

  9. Stewie GriffinMEMBER

    ” Meanwhile, Australians returning from overseas to the NT are being charged the full $2,500 cost ($5,000 for families) for their hotel quarantine. Thus, international students will receive more favourable treatment from the NT Government than the Territory’s own returning residents.”

    Of course the heads of various sectors with EZFKA are going to favour and provide enticements to new potential residents of the economic zone over existing ones.

    We are consumers now – what Company spends significant marketing dollars trying to win over customers they already have? Existing “Australians” are effectively a sunk cost, any expenditure on them on there than a basic loyalty program is a complete waste of EZFKA’s resources – far better to spend the zones marketing dollars on luring in new consumers.

    This is who we are now.

    • johnoconnorMEMBER

      “The Democratic party of BLM and the Republican party of the NeverTrumpers — both of which are the Democratic Party of Joe Biden — envision America not as a nation with a proud history and a single body of citizens, but as an administrative region in which benefits are dispersed to different groups according to the political elite’s designation of their need for support.”

      https://spectator.us/joe-biden-republican-convention/

      • Stewie GriffinMEMBER

        ⬆️⬆️⬆️⬆️ THIS!! ⬆️⬆️⬆️⬆️

        The Economic Zone Formally Known as USA – EZFKUSA

        This is who they are now too.

        And just as America itself is not a nation, any other nations must be pacified and purified of what stands in the way of enlightened plutocracy.

        What stands in the way of the Plutocracy is the same thing that has always stood in its way – unity.

        Hence the slogan “Diversity makes us stronger and more united” makes a whole lot more sense and takes on a whole lot more meaning, when it is said in a room full of of billionaire businessmen and their intellectual catspaws.

  10. SnappedUpSavvyMEMBER

    why so desperate for students? no one in the brothels or delivering food in the NT, what a joke