India could “rethink” its vital relationship with Australia if the Morrison government’s travel ban drags on, an expert has warned.
Australian industries have been encouraged to strengthen their ties with India after significant trade tensions with China.
But the higher education sector is among those concerned about the perception Australia’s tough travel restrictions will have on the market.
Australian National University economics professor Raghbendra Jha said there was “a lot at stake” if the ban, which includes the threat of jail or fines for people returning to Australia from India, was not eased in mid-May.
“The travel ban is going to affect the cross-flow of people for the foreseeable future including investment and business investment,” Professor Jha said.
“If it drags on then there could be a rethinking in parts of India about the relationship.
“India is a very promising investment market … so that would be something to be concerned about.
“There is the whole quad relationship, it’s not just two-way trade.”
The federal government, which has defended the travel ban saying it was based on medical advice, will review the restrictions on May 15…