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Leaving Aussies stranded a breach of human rights, says Alexander Downer




“What it says is that the public don’t care about Australians who are stranded overseas — it’s not a priority for them — they’re scared that they’re all going to get COVID and die,” he said.

“The only things that matters is not protecting the vulnerable in society but stopping anybody under any circumstance getting COVID.

“That is much more important than civil liberties and that is much more important than the right to enter your own country,” he said.

The number of Australians stuck overseas who have told the Department of Foreign Affairs that they wish to return home is around 36,000 with nearly 5000 of those classified as vulnerable, according to the most recent figures provided to Parliament in late March.


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