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Sport Michael Slater SLAMS Scott Morrison over India ban

01:25  04 may  2021
01:25  04 may  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Australian cricket legend Michael Slater has lashed out at federal government. Has escaped Covid-riddled India but still waiting for green light to come home. He accused federal government of neglecting Australians stuck in India for work. Australian cricket legend Michael Slater has copped backlash for saying Scott Morrison has 'blood on his hands' after banning Aussies flying home from Covid-ravaged India . Aussies stranded in India face fines of ,000 or five years in jail if they return home from the south east Asian nation, where 300,000 new cases of Covid were recorded on Monday

This came as cricket great Michael Slater slammed Prime Minister Scott Morrison ’s Indian flight ban , warning he has “blood on his hands” for banning Australian citizens from fleeing COVID-ravaged India . While the broadcaster got out of India on one of the final flights to the Maldives before the ban came into Earlier, Sky News host Andrew Bolt declared he is “ashamed of Australia” over the threat of jail terms for Indian -Australians trying to return home, slamming the Prime Minister’s decision as a bad call that “stinks of racism.” “I hate people playing the race card. But even I must now say I am ashamed of

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Australian cricket legend Michael Slater has copped backlash for saying Scott Morrison has 'blood on his hands' after banning Aussies flying home from Covid-ravaged India.

Aussies stranded in India face fines of $66,000 or five years in jail if they return home from the south east Asian nation, where 300,000 new cases of Covid were recorded on Monday alone.

The former Test opening batsman, who was in New Delhi as a commentator for the Indian Premier League, managed to escape to the Maldives and now must wait the designated two weeks to return to Australia.

But Slater's criticism of the Prime Minister has been met with furor, with many Australians saying he and his teammates chose to travel to India on their own accord.

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Micheal Slater slammed Australian government over travel ban . Australia has imposed a ban on citizens returning from India until May 15. Blood on your hands PM. How dare you treat us like this? Slater . Former Australia cricketer and commentator, Michael Slater on Monday launched a scathing attack at Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison over the government's decision to ban the return of its citizens from India , which has been badly hit by the 2nd wave of Covid-19 pandemic.

Former Aussie batsman turned commentator Michael Slater on Monday lashed out at the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison amid the travel ban as coronavirus continues to rage in India . Morrison had last week announced a ban on passenger flights from India till May 15 and he also said that there would be no special Meanwhile, Cricket Australia interim CEO Nick Hockley has said that there are no immediate plans for arranging charter flights to bring back Australian players once the Indian Premier League (IPL) concludes on May 30. "There's no suggestion at the moment of any charter flight.

'So Michael Slater goes into a war zone to chase money. Now when it has gotten out of control, it's the Australian Government's fault?' one Twitter user wrote.

'Michael Slater can F O. Attacking the PM when HE went to India to make big cash but now it doesn’t suit him,' said another.

'This Michael Slater rant is really something else. He can't honestly think he went to India knowing what could happen if it went pear shaped?' wrote a third.

Mr Morrison on Tuesday denied he has risked the lives of stranded Australians, but admitted it's 'highly unlikely' anyone flying home from India will go on to be jailed or fined.

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But no longer! Former cricketer Michael Slater has taken things in his own hands and left the bio-bubble for Maldives. It is being learnt that he has reached there and will stay put until he figures out a way to reach his home. He was forced to take this step as Australia has banned flights from India with the rising Covid-19 cases. If Slater tries to get into Australia the law will hold him accountable and put him in jail. This has also hasn’t gone down well with him. According to ‘The Australian’ PM Scott Morrison is already facing the heat from the opposition parties and human rights group for this move.

Aussie cricket great Michael Slater has taken aim at the Federal Government's travel ban amid India 's escalating COVID-19 crisis. Slater is among a host of Australians currently unable to return home following the government's decision to close the borders to India . More than 30 Australian players, commentators, umpires and coaching staff remain stranded after heading over for the ongoing IPL The former Test opener accused Prime Minister Scott Morrison of having blood on his hands. "If our Government cared for the safety of Aussies they would allow us to get home," Slater wrote on Twitter.

When asked directly by host Karl Stefanovic if people would face the full force of the harsh measures, the prime minister shifted the responsibility to Border Force officials.

'I would expect the Australian Border Force officials to deal with the issue sensitively and within their authorities, but I'm not going to tie their hands about how they do that,' he said.

'I think it's important not to sensationalise this.'

Mr Morrison defended his ban on flights from India, saying the measures are in the interests of Australians.

'If we had not put these measures in place and we saw the rates of increase of the virus coming through on these flights, putting stress on our quarantine system, breaking out across the country and seeing a third wave,' he said.

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Co-host Allison Langdon questioned Mr Morrison's confidence in the nation's hotel quarantine system given his fears of it not being able to cope if borders with India were to be opened.

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Several countries have already banned flight from India to make sure that the Coronavirus doesn’t transmit. However, the decision from the Australian government has left everyone stunned. Apart from banning flights to and from India , the Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a lockout for Meanwhile, former Australia cricketer Michael Slater has also slammed the government for locking out it own citizens. Slater , according to The Australian, escaped to Maldives over the weekend leaving the IPL bubble amid the ever increasing COVID cases in India . He was trying to reach home for a week

Australian cricket legend Michael Slater has slammed Scott Morrison days after the federal government stopped all flights returning Aussies home from Covid-ravaged India . Slater , who was in India as a commentator for the Indian Premier League, said the Morrison government had ‘blood on its hands’. The former Test opening batsman managed to escape to the Maldives and now must wait the designated two weeks to return to Australia. But he’s furious about the treatment of Australian cricket stars still stranded in India . ‘If our government cared for the safety of Aussies they would allow us to

'The quarantine system has proved one of the most effective if not the most effective in the world,' he said.

'What we're seeing in India, even in COVID terms, is unprecedented and so every system is going to face its stressors and I'm not going to break the system.'

Australian cricket legend Mark Taylor said despite being 'surprised' so many players decided to travel to India in the first place, he understood the temptation to make a hefty paycheck.

'Some of them are on $3million for 12 weeks of cricket so it is hard to knock that sort of money back,' he told Today on Tuesday.

'Obviously health concerns and your health should be the No.1 concern. Getting that balance right is not easy.'

Taylor said while he wants to see all IPL players returned home safely and as soon as possible, it shouldn't be done at the risk of Australians' health.

'We've navigated through this pandemic very well thanks to a lot of very good government decisions so I feel also for the government who are trying to get this balance right between the people in India,' he said.

'There's 9,000 Australians over there and there from what I understand, and the 25 million of us here who live a pretty good life.'

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Slater is furious about the treatment of a host of Australian stars stuck in India, including David Warner, Steve Smith and Pat Cummins.

'If our government cared for the safety of Aussies they would allow us to get home,' Slater wrote on Twitter on Monday night.

'It's a disgrace!! Blood on your hands PM. How dare you treat us like this?

'How about you sort out quarantine system? I had government permission to work on the IPL but I now have government neglect.'

Slater doubled down on his tirade in a follow-up tweet after he was inundated with backlash.

'For those who think this is a money exercise. Well forget it,' he wrote.

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'This is what I do for a living and I have not made a penny having left early. So please stop the abuse and think of the thousands dying in India each day. It's called empathy. If only our government had some.'

Thirty-four Australians remain in India - 12 players, 11 coaches, four commentators, two umpires and five support staff, as well as a commentator from New Zealand who lives in Australia.

Superstar Cummins is currently in isolation after two of his IPL teammates tested positive to Covid-19.

As many as 9,000 Australians - including the country's top cricket players - have been stranded in India by the government's ban on flights from the Covid-ravaged nation until May 15.

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Mr Morrison suspended all direct commercial flights and chartered repatriation flights last Tuesday as India suffers a huge surge in cases and deaths.

Slater's comments have sparked a divided reaction online with hundreds slamming his decision to go to India.

'We're in a pandemic but you still CHOSE to go to India. You knew the risks but you went anyway. Did you expect to be able to pull the 'don't you know who I am' card to get around it?,' one woman commented.

One man added: 'Mate I feel for you and all those stranded, but when new cases his 100,000 per day on 4 April I think that border closure was inevitable. If the borders were left open the risk of leak from quarantine would be too great and we simply can't afford lockdowns.'

Some leapt to Slater's defence.

'Does it really matter what the reason was? There are tens of thousands of Australian citizens stuck in India right now and they all have different reasons for being there. The fact they’re banned from coming home is a disgrace,' one man commented.

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'Didn’t happen with US or Europe, did it?'

Another added: 'Thank you for calling out Scott Morrison's lack of leadership on quarantine. He has had 12+ months to arrange adequate national quarantine to allow all stranded Aussies to return home.

'Now he demonises fellow citizens and threatens jail to deflect from his failure.'

The criticism comes as the nation's chief medical officer Professor Paul Kelly issued a dire warning about the consequences of the travel ban for the 9,000 Australians still stranded in India.

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Of the 9,000 Australians in India who want to return home, 650 are considered vulnerable.

'These include the risk of serious illness without access to healthcare, the potential for Australians to be stranded in a transit country, and in a worst-case scenario, deaths,' Professor Kelly recommended in a letter to health minister Greg Hunt on Monday.

'I consider that these serious implications can be mitigated through having the restriction only temporarily in place, ie a pause, and by ensuring there are categories of exemptions.'

Mr Hunt said the advice was accepted because of the risk of deaths in Australia.

'Ultimately these decisions are taken to save lives and protect lives. This was a decision to potentially prevent a third wave in Australia,' he said.

Professor Kelly considers a pause on flights until May 15 as an effective and proportionate measure.

He believes a significant risk of a possible outbreak from Australia's hotel quarantine system, particularly from arrivals from India.

'Each new case identified in quarantine increases the risk of leakage into the Australian community through transmission to quarantine workers or other quarantined returnees and subsequently into the Australian community more broadly,' Professor continued.

'Due to the high proportion of positive cases arising from arrivals from India, I consider a pause until 15 May 2021 on arrivals from India to be an effective and proportionate measure to maintain the integrity of Australia's quarantine system.'

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