Tuesday, January 18, 2022

PM given exemption to travel to Sydney, Opposition raise eyebrows

Prime Minister Scott Morrison flew from Canberra to Sydney and back over the weekend, which allowed him to see his family on Father’s Day, after he was given an exemption to return.
Mr Morrison flew to Sydney on one of the Royal Australian Air Force’s business jets on Friday afternoon.
He then returned to Canberra early on Monday morning to attend a national security meeting.
While NSW does not stop people from Canberra entering Sydney, ACT has closed its border with NSW, requiring those travelling back into the territory to be given an exemption by ACT Health.
Mr Morrison was granted a level three stay-at-home order, restricting his movements between The Lodge and Parliament House instead of the usual 14 days of self-isolation.
The prime minister did not mention the trip on social media, posting instead a photo taken earlier in the year of himself with his wife Jenny and two daughters.
Other cabinet members have also been given exemptions to visit home, including Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.
However, Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten told Today that Mr Morrison’s exemption was not fair to ordinary Australians who were also separated from their family due to lockdowns on Father’s Day.
“It’s not that he doesn’t deserve to see his kids but so does every other Australian and I think when your people are doing it tough, you’ve got to do it tough too,” Mr Shorten said.

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