Australian Court To Examine Contentious Travel Ban From Covid-Hit India

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Australian Court To Examine Contentious Travel Ban From Covid-Hit India

Scott Morrison this week banned arrivals from India, which is recording hundreds of recent instances. (File)

Sydney:

An Australian court docket on Wednesday agreed to listen to a problem to the nation’s controversial ban on residents returning residence from coronavirus-hit India.

A Federal Court docket mentioned it might urgently hear a problem introduced by a 73-year-old man dwelling in Bangalore who needs to return to Australia.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison this week banned arrivals from India, which is recording tons of of hundreds of recent coronavirus infections every day.

Below the measures, Australian residents who return residence face jail time and heavy fines.

The transfer has brought about widespread outrage, with Morrison’s personal allies describing it as racist and an abandonment of susceptible Australians abroad.

The conservative authorities has argued the ban is critical to stop Australia’s quarantine services from being overwhelmed with Covid-positive arrivals from India.

Christopher Ward, the lawyer representing the 73-year-old man, mentioned “he’s a gentleman who needs to return to Australia, and his return is presently prevented”.

Ward mentioned the case was difficult the ban on a number of grounds of constitutionality, “proportionality and reasonableness”.

Justice Stephen Burley ordered {that a} additional listening to date could be set within the subsequent 24 to 48 hours.

Australia has no widespread neighborhood transmission of Covid-19, however has seen a number of outbreaks emerge from resort quarantine services, inflicting disruptive metropolis lockdowns.

There are estimated to be round 9,000 Australian residents in India, together with high-profile cricketers enjoying the now-suspended Indian Premier League.

Morrison on Tuesday refused to amend the ban however insisted it was “extremely unlikely” the punishment would ever be meted out.

The ban is presently scheduled to run till Could 15.

(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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