Australia Alan Joyce warns tourists and students will abandon Australia
Alan Joyce convinces three premiers to support end to border closures
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and his counterparts Gladys Berejiklian in NSW and Steven Marshallin SA 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. © Provided by Daily Mail Qantas boss Alan Joyce has convinced three premiers to support his plea to end state border closures for good next month State premiers will debate the issue with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who openly wants national border agreements, at Friday's National Cabinet meeting.
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.
The influential CEO also reiterated his support for a world health passport system, saying countries will require vaccination proof to allow people in.
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'We already do it with yellow fever,' he said.
Mr Joyce wants an end to inconsistency between states, a two-day warning before borders shut and a timeline for border restrictions to end during the vaccine rollout.
He also raised a vaccine check for pubs and restaurants with similar measures raised by some industry figures.
Mr Joyce's comments come Health Department boss Brendan Murphy defended the pace of the nation's coronavirus vaccine rollout, arguing that Australia's lack of community transmission allows time to be taken.
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More than 100,000 vaccines have now been administered, which is lower than initially promised for the third week of the rollout.
Vaccinated tourists could be welcomed back to Bali as coronavirus threatens the island's economy
Australia was the top source of foreign tourists into Bali in 2019, followed by China, before the pandemic hit. Mr Uno said he had raised the idea with Australia's ambassador to Jakarta, though not yet with the Australian government.But it is unlikely Australians will be packing their bags for a trip to Kuta Beach anytime soon.There is currently an overseas travel ban in place, and Health Department Secretary Brendan Murphy has indicated that Australia's borders are unlikely to reopen this year.Mr Uno said Perth would be the ideal destination in Australia for a tourism corridor with Bali.
'This is not a race,' Mr Murphy told reporters on Wednesday.
'We have no burning platform in Australia. We are taking it as quickly and carefully and safely as we can.
'We are not like the US or the UK or most other countries in the world where they have got people in hospital dying.'
The government remains confident Australia is on track to have offered every adult at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine by October.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Professor Murphy, the former chief medical officer, visited the medical regulator's headquarters in Canberra to witness batch testing of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Mr Morrison said one quarter of the 100,000 vaccines administered had been to the most vulnerable Australians, namely those in aged and disability care.
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Australia's top road racer Richie Porte has been forced to give up his quest for a third Paris-Nice title, abandoning after a crash on the opening stage.Australia's top road racer demonstrated his usual courage by remounting and trying to battle on in the race for another 20 kilometres but, in obvious pain, he had to pull out and was taken to hospital for a scan.
Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines from overseas are currently part of the rollout, with locally made doses of the latter option to be given to Australians from March 22.
Professor Murphy said recent data out of the UK had shown both vaccine options were on par, after initial studies showed Pfizer was more effective.
'We have two vaccines that are indistinguishably effective,' he said.
'We have two brilliant vaccines, really brilliant vaccines, much better efficacy than the flu vaccines we get every year.'
Business is looking to the success of the vaccine rollout as a beacon of hope for restrictions across the country easing.
International students still enquire at English-language school, but JobKeeper end spells job losses .
Enrolments at English-language school Inforum Education have dropped by 94 per cent since Australia closed its borders a year ago. As JobKeeper ends, there's still no solution for an industry worth billions.One year later, and the former São Paulo bank manager said "it was a totally different time in our life".