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Frydenberg urges states to show more consistency on borders

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“My place is obvious: closed borders value jobs. Now we have to take the medical recommendation however we now have additionally seen the Commonwealth work very arduous on a nationwide definition of sizzling spot.

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Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has known as on states to comply with the nationwide definition of virus hotspots. (9)

“I might like to see that nationwide definition of a sizzling spot adhered to by the states. I believe it might deliver much more certainty for enterprise and I believe that might imply extra jobs and, as we all know, the tourism business specifically and the aviation sector have been hit actually arduous by these closed borders on the finish of final 12 months.”

Mr Frydenberg harassed that skilled well being recommendation needs to be paramount in pandemic border insurance policies.

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“So many households had their journey plans interrupted with very quick discover. So, sure, we have to take the well being recommendation. [It] should be our at the start precedence. All the time comply with well being recommendation. On the similar time, want a degree of consistency across the strategy to borders and the nationwide definition of sizzling spot is an efficient solution to go.”

Mr Frydenberg additionally mentioned the Federal Authorities was but to obtain particulars of proposals by some states for changing distant former mining camps in quarantine centres for returned worldwide travellers.

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Some state leaders have proposed transferring from resort quarantine in cities to quarantine camps in distant areas. (Getty)

“Now we have had a lot of concepts which were put ahead however we now have not seen concrete proposals, and because the Prime Minister mentioned late final week, he has an open thoughts, however clearly we have to deal with the requirements of our quarantine system and native communities have to be absolutely engaged and clearly supportive of such measures.”

Mr Frydenberg additionally took a swipe at tech big Google that threatened to withdraw providers from Australia over the federal government’s deliberate media business code.

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“Google and different digital giants ought to focus not on blocking customers in Australia accessing home content material, they need to deal with paying for it.”

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