Backlash is growing over a controversial decision to ban Australians from returning home from India or face time in jail.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has defended a decision to ban Australians from returning from India, saying the move is designed to “keep Australians safe”.
On Monday a temporary ban will come into force, blocking the return of any Australian who has visited India within 14 days of their intended date of arrival in Australia.
Australians who breach the ban could face up to five years in jail, a $66,000 fine, or both, under the changes to the Biosecurity Act.
But many have reacted with fury to the decision, saying Aussies are being left for dead in a country in crisis. On Saturday morning, #strandedaussies was trending on social media, with more than 3000 tweeting under the hashtag.
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It’s understood to be the first time Australia has taken the step of banning its own citizens from returning home, and enforcing criminal penalties on those who make it to our shores, the ABC reports.
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