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PM urges Christmas deadline in easing travel restrictions

Tuesday 01, Sep 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison encouraged Australia's States and Territories to aim for COVID-19 restrictions to be easier in time for Christmas.

State and territory leaders, with the exception of Western Australia, have agreed to develop a road map out of hard border regimes, with the view to seeing Australia reopened by Christmas.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that as most of Australia moves towards worrying about coronavirus hotspots rather than hard borders, New Zealand could be included in the mix.

The Prime Minister argued the three-step plan National Cabinet agreed to in May, before Victoria’s second wave of cases, needed to be revisited.

“There is much to be achieved,” he said.

“There are borders that are in place now, and that is understandable, but what we have to work to do is to let Australians know that by Christmas … they will be able to come together.

“By Christmas … they will be able to come together as families and look to a 2021 that doesn’t look like the difficulties that they’ve gone through in 2020.”

PM wants Australia open for Christmas. However, Australia will extend its restrictions on cruise ships entering the country and a ban on overseas travel for at least another three months.

Read ABC article "Will borders be open for Christmas?"