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Victorians must be allowed to come home: O’Brien

The State Government must institute a process to allow Victorians to come home from interstate according to The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien.

Mr O’Brien said he was being contacted daily by constituents who had been travelling elsewhere in Australia in non-lockdown periods, and were now locked out of their state because they were attempting to come home through New South Wales.

“I appreciate the need to ensure we don’t have any further leaks of transmission into Victoria, but there is a way this can be dealt with and allow people to come back to their own homes.

“I have a number of people who have been isolating on the border for 14 days or more, have tested negative twice and have been double vaccinated. These are the conditions under which the State Government should be allowing people to return home.

“It’s not reasonable to have Victorians stuck in New South Wales which the Victorian Government designates as an “extreme risk zone” and leave them there indefinitely.

“If people have tested negative, isolated and been vaccinated then there must be a way to allow them to come home.”

Mr O’Brien said the lock-out of Victorians from their own homes cannot continue indefinitely and the Government needs to find a way to allow them back given very few exemptions are being offered.

“I’ve written to the Minister for Health about this issue and am concerned that the Government is simply turning its back on its own citizens.

“I’ve also asked the Minister to review conditions for people transiting New South Wales from Queensland, which stipulates they must do so within a 24-hour timeline.

“Many of the travellers are retirees and towing a caravan and it’s simply not safe to expect them to travel such vast distances in such a short amount of time.

“Indeed, it is not consistent with the advice of the Government when it comes to road safety more generally, and at least a 36-hour window should be allowed for such travel.”

 

18 August 2021

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