What is occurring is a lot ofAustralians, and this is the Queensland example as well, a lot of Australians are going overseas for various reasons. Some of them are work related. As we know, Australians have been allowed to leave for conferences, for study and for work reasons. Tens of thousands, the best part of 100,000 have left Australia over the course of the last 18 months for those sorts of reasons. Some reasons are legitimate, but the vast majority of people going overseas, in my view, shouldn’t have.
They should stay home while there is a pandemic running wild around the world, because, inevitably, they want to come back. And when they come back, some of them will be positive and then they displace others who have been waiting overseas to get back, who didn’t go overseas in the last 18 months.
There is a real problem we face here – that too many people still are going overseas for various reasons. Our economy within Australia is incredibly strong … It strikes me as odd that lots of people are going overseas for work in the middle of a pandemic to pandemic-ridden countries while we have skills shortages here in WA.
Certainly, for anyone going overseas, at this point in time, if there is a legitimate reason, they should be vaccinated before they go. That should be a minimum. I think we should crackdown on the number of Australians going overseas, keep it to a minimum until our community is vaccinated.”