Scott Morrison has revealed his government’s controversial India travel ban is under review after being blasted as “incredibly heartless”.
The Prime Minister on Tuesday defended the tough restrictions but said the threat of jail or fines for returning Aussies returning from India was “highly unlikely”.
In a combative interview, Mr Morrison told Today the tough restrictions on India were made to ensure more citizens stranded across the globe could continue to get home via Dubai and Doha.
“We are reviewing it regularly,” Mr Morrison said.
“It’s important we don’t see people coming back to Australia until 15 May from third countries.
“I’m not going to fail Australia. I’m going to protect our borders at this time.”
From Monday, people who have been in India within the previous fortnight before their intended arrival in Australia will face a $66,600 fine as well as five years imprisonment for entering the country under emergency powers in the Biosecurity Act.
“Jailing and fining returning Aussies, I mean, as a sitting prime minister, it is incredibly heartless,” host Karl Stefanovic said.
But Mr Morrison responded, saying the likelihood of those penalties occurring was “pretty much zero”…