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More than half of all exemption applications by Australians attempting to leave the country are being rejected under the world's strictest border regime.
Australia's Border Force approved just 11,867 applications out of 25,233 lodged in May, with no timeline in place for the lifting of the nation's hard border.
Politicians includingand Annastacia Palaszczuk have drawn criticism from the public for granting themselves exemptions to travel to events like the G7 Summit and Tokyo while Australians are stuck at home since March 2020.
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'The worst thing is that government officials are granting themselves exemptions and holding back the same thing for tens of thousands of Aussies,' LibertyWorks President Andrew Cooper told the.
The right-wing organisation recently sued the government attempting to overturn the travel ban for Australians, but was unsuccessful.
'While the rest of the world s opening up and letting families getting back together, we are maintaining these strict measures that have terrible impacts on families,' Mr Cooper said.
There are still 36,000 Australians still stranded overseas who are awaiting flights back home, either from repatriating flights or on airlines.
Tens of thousands of others have been denied the chance to be reunited with family, absent from weddings, births, and funerals for the past 15 months.
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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk drew particular criticism for a tweet she made earlier this month after receiving her vaccine.
'Today I got the Pfizer vaccine in the event I need to travel to Tokyo for the Olympics,' she said.
'So you can go to Tokyo for absolutely no reason whatsoever, but vaccinated parents of a newborn can't visit their baby in QLD?' one person responded.
'It took me over 6 months, 7 cancelled flights and $10k+ to fly back to Australia to hug my terminally ill mum one last time and you are talking about ''needing'' to go to the Olympics? Absolute joke and a kick in the guts to stranded Aussies,' another added.
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Finance Minister Simon Birmingham has signalled the federal government is open to reducing international arrivals caps ahead of a national cabinet meeting.Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia have spent the week calling for a drastic cut to the weekly cap.