Scott Morrison has dismissed fears Australia’s controversial travel ban could damage the country’s key relationship with India.
A threat to jail or fine returning Australian citizens, who have been in COVID-ravaged India in the past 14 days, has prompted widespread backlash.
The federal opposition has also warned of unintended consequences, saying the ban “flies in the face” of the strong partnership needed to handle an aggressive China.
But the Prime Minister on Wednesday said he was “not concerned”.
“India is a great friend of Australia,” Mr Morrison said.
“There is a partnership effort with India to support them as they deal with this terrible crisis.
“The significant humanitarian support for India has departed Sydney … oxygen containers, masks, respirators.”
Camera IconScott Morrison has been walking a fine line over the India travel ban that has sparked condemnation. NCA NewsWire / Sean Davey Credit: News Corp Australia
Mr Morrison said Immigration Minister Alex Hawke was speaking with Australia’s Indian community as their birth country records more than 300,000 new COVID-19 cases a day.
He said Australia would do whatever it could to support India during their time of need…