Australia’s approach to India “flies in the face” of the strong partnership needed to handle an aggressive China, the opposition warns.
Scott Morrison on Tuesday defended his government’s tough travel ban on India despite its threat of five years in jail or a $66,600 fine for returning Aussies.
The Prime Minister has confirmed the controversial measures were under review as an expert revealed an extension of the ban could prompt India to “rethink” its vital relationship with Australia.
Labor foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong has slammed the government’s response to India’s mass COVID-19 outbreak, saying what Australia does in times of crisis will be noticed.
“We are not behaving a way that I think is consistent with that national interest, which is to have a deep and secure friendship with India,” Senator Wong told Sky News.
“The government’s approach to the relationship with India, at the moment, really flies in the face of that imperative.”
Camera IconLabor foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong said the travel ban was causing significant distress in Australia’s Indian community. NCA NewsWire / Brenton Edwards Credit: News Corp Australia
Senator Wong said India was crucial to Australia’s prosperity and security in the Indo-Pacific region…