Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has ruled out expanding international arrivals to include students, saying it would put too much strain on the hotel quarantine system.
She said the hotel quarantine was coping adequately with the arrival of 115o passengers a month and there was no need to increase that number at a time when the state had COVID-19 case numbers under control.
Ms Palaszczuk said now was not the time to allow international students to enter despite other states rolling out the welcome mat.
Thank Christ for that. Hopefully, it puts paid to the entire suicidal scheme mooted yesterday, at the AFR:
Individual corporations could lease entire hotels, and universities could commandeer campus accommodation to quarantine foreign students, under plans being devised to safely and dramatically expand international travel and get the economy rolling.
And with Victoria on top of its coronavirus outbreak and in the midst of reopening its economy, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said it was hoped the state would soon resume quarantine duties, enabling the thousands of Australians stranded abroad the opportunity to be home by Christmas.
“The next big … game changer in that area will be for Victoria to open up to international arrivals for people to come back,” he said.
…In an interview with The Australian Financial Review, Nev Power, the head of the National COVID-19 Commission Advisory Board, said numerous options were under development to help restart business travel, bring in foreign students and mine workers.
There is always the Virgin Premier to fall back on.