Australia will only open borders 'when it is safe to do so', PM warns

2021-05-10 04:08:21 BdST

2021-06-13 23:23:35 BdST

Published: 2021-05-10 04:08:21 BdST


Live Desk: The Prime Minister is warning Australia's international borders will remain closed for the foreseeable future, as his Treasurer notes this week's federal budget assumes Australia will remain locked off to the rest of the world until at least 2022.

The Prime Minister says borders will open "when it is safe", adding "we still have a long way to go" The Treasurer said budget forecasts were based on borders opening next year at the earliest Australia's borders were slammed shut in March last year as the coronavirus spread across the world,

with the federal government trying to take advantage of the nation's island geography to safeguard it from the worst of the deadly virus. In an interview with News Corp, Mr Morrison said he did not believe Australians had an "appetite" for opening borders if it meant having to deal with more coronavirus outbreaks, lockdowns and social restrictions.

"We have to be careful not to exchange that way of life for what everyone else has," he said. In a later post on Facebook, he warned borders would only be opened "when it is safe to do so".

"We still have a long way to go, and there are still many uncertainties ahead," he said. "Australians are living like in few countries around the world today."

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg echoed those sentiments, confirming Treasury's budget forecasts were based on borders opening "next year".

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