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Scott Morrison’s 2020 ‘home by Christmas’ pledge to stranded Australians made before discussion within government, report finds

Audit office finds then PM’s announcement at height of pandemic caught Dfat officials off-guard

Scott Morrison’s pandemic pledge to return Australians stranded overseas by Christmas 2020 caught officials off-guard, with an audit revealing the then prime minister announced the plan before it was discussed within government.

A new report by the Australian National Audit Office paints a picture of how the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade attempted to respond to the rapidly unfolding pandemic crisis, but finds major gaps in its record-keeping.

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