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International travel could be back on the cards NEXT YEAR


Senior federal cabinet minister Simon Birmingham says it’s “not impossible” that international travel could be back on the cards next year, but to do it in the first half of 2021 would be challenging.

Such travel will depend on the effectiveness of coronavirus vaccines.

“Then of course the manufacturing rollout, distribution, uptake, all the other factors that come into how it is that a vaccine could change the way we look at things around this pandemic,” Senator Birmingham told Sky News’ Sunday Agenda program.

“It’s not impossible … I think the first half may be challenging.”

Australian passport with the world map in the background. File image. Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

There was some optimism among the leaders of the world’s biggest economies about vaccines given the encouraging results of some candidates.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been logging into the virtual G20 Leaders Summit while in isolation in The Lodge after his trip to Japan last week.

But the G20 leaders also said a vaccine and treatment had to be safe, affordable and available to all, especially in developing countries, saying ‘no one is safe until we are all safe’.

NSW call

Senator Birmingham is sympathetic to NSW’s call to be able to open up a third of the states’ hotel quarantine capability to international students to boost the economy.

But he insists the priority has to remain on returning Australians.

“Getting those Australians, particularly those who might be in challenging or distressed circumstances home is a genuine priority,” he told Sky News’ Sunday Agenda program.

Arrivals at Sydney International Airport.
NSW has been told that getting Australians home has priority over entry for international students. Credit: AAP



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