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Labor’s foreign affairs spokesperson, Penny Wong, has described Scott Morrison’s announcement about extra flights for stranded Australians and the use of the Howard Springs quarantine facility as “too little, too late”.




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Penny Wong says many Australians stranded overseas have been left behind. Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP

The prime minister announced this afternoon that the government was working with Qantas to arrange extra flights from London, New Delhi and Johannesburg, with priority given to the most vulnerable Australians.

Wong provided us with her response a short time ago:


“According to Qantas, the charter flights announced by Scott Morrison today will get just over 1,300 Australians home. That leaves almost 28,000 still stranded, facing more cancelled flights, expensive business or first class fares – all with no guarantees they’ll be home by Christmas. This announcement is too little, too late – with too many stranded Australians still left behind.”

Read the original article at The Guardian

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