The government says that due to strict control on the border, it has been successful in preventing the spread of corona virus in Australia. Along with this, the court has upheld the ban on international travel.
Australian Court Upholds Travel Ban: Australia’s federal government had banned most citizens from leaving the country, which was challenged legally by a group. But on Tuesday, the court rejected it. This restriction has been imposed in the country due to the apprehension that when citizens go out, coronavirus infection may come through them in the country. Australia is the only country in developed democracies that has banned its citizens and permanent residents from going out of the country.
People here can go out only in very exceptional circumstances and for this too they will have to give a ‘concrete reason’. Most Australians have not been able to leave the country since March 2020, with the government issuing an emergency order under the powerful Biosecurity Law. The civil liberties group Liberty Works said in federal court in early May that Health Minister Greg Hunt did not have the power to legally enforce the travel ban.
inconvenience to citizens
The ban has prevented thousands of Australian citizens from attending weddings or funerals, attending to sick relatives and visiting newborns. The group said that such an order can be applied to an individual and not to the entire population (Australia Travel Ban). The three-judge bench said, “It can be accepted that the travel ban is strict and it interferes with the rights of the individual but Parliament is well aware of this.”
Government told it is necessary
The government says that due to strict control on the border, it has been successful in preventing the spread of corona virus in Australia. Along with this, the court has upheld the ban on international travel in Covid. Earlier, Australia had also banned its citizens coming from India, due to which thousands of its citizens were stuck here. However, later the government sent three planes to get the citizens returned. This order was also challenged in the court and the court supported the government’s side.
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