Australia Alan Joyce convinces three premiers to support end to border closures
Alan Joyce warns tourists and students will abandon Australia
Qantas boss Alan Joyce has warned tourists and students could abandon Australia if border closures remain a long-term plank of pandemic proofing. He believes Australia could lose investment if travel restrictions remain a key part of responding to the virus.'The travellers will go elsewhere. The students will go elsewhere,' he told the Australian Financial Review's business summit.The Qantas chief executive said the Australian public must be conditioned to move away from a zero-case goal as the pandemic rolls on.
Qantas boss Alan Joyce has convinced three premiers to support his plea to end state border closures for good next month.
Mr Joyce has also made progress on an agreement for international travel to be allowed again by the end of October when the Covid vaccine rollout ends.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and his counterparts Gladys Berejiklian in NSW and Steven Marshall have agreed to support his push for a national framework.
This would create an Australia-wide standard aimed at keeping domestic borders open from early April when four million have received the jab.
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State premiers will debate the issue with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who openly wants national border agreements, at Friday's National Cabinet meeting.
'We have a few premiers that have said they're going to raise it at national cabinet and try and come out with an agreement. At what point is more up to debate,' Mr Joyce told the.
Mr Joyce said on Thursday he expected international travel, without quarantine, to begin at the end of October, as Qantas revealed its half-year results on Thursday.
Mr Andrews said he met with Mr Joyce on Wednesday and discussed what was needed to give Australians 'greater certainty'.
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'I gave him an absolute commitment. There were three or four things he raised, and I have given him a commitment on each of those [that] I would be supportive of a framework,' he said.
Mr Marshall also met with Mr Joyce last week in talks that were described as constructive and generally supportive.
However, both men said they reserved the right to slam borders shut again if medical advice recommended it.
State premiers have been accused of using lockdowns and border bans to improve their polling, even if medical advice did not require it.
Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan's government was caught polling voters weekly for what they thought about his eight-month hard border and other measures, but denied that it drove his decision making.
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Ms Berejiklian has vowed not to close state borders, which Mr Joyce commended her for.
Mr McGowan and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk are expected to be tougher nuts for Mr Joyce to crack but there is hope that after their elections they will be more open to compromise.
WA goes to the polls on March 13 and is certain to win in a landslide.
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'Hopefully we can have a nationally consistent approach to that, but it just stands to reason, as you get your front-line workforce starting to move through the vaccination program... the risk is deemed lower and there are more things you can do,' Mr Andrews said.
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With the funding scheme due to end late March, tourism operators are warning they may not survive without an extension.The owner of Mad Monkey closed one of his five Queensland accommodations last week.