- Sep 20, 2018
I just feel like at this point of time, there are more alternatives on the spectrum than the two simplistic end points of "no one leaves at all except a very few who pass the exemption test" and "sure let's just let everyone leave for holidays, no worries". It honestly is not an either/or situation, despite the reality that this is how the Government chooses to portray it.I get that and I feel pretty similar to you. Unfortunately the flip side is that they could have unrestricted departure from Australia and a gazillion holiday makers offshore trying to return lodging action via the UN to come home
It is way past time for the Government to look at more intelligent ways of managing returning Australians than the blunt instrument of enforced HQ for all regardless of situation eg a person coming in from India should probably be in HQ. One coming in from Singapore should really not be in HQ, and should not waste the HQ place that could be made available to a person with a higher need. A fully vaccinated person with a provable provenance does not really need HQ.
And there should be many more options (like home quarantine, or additional hotel places or more camps like Howard Springs) so that the caps can be raised. This in turn reduces pressure on returns and thus allows more people to travel outbound for important family matters that don;t meet the current exemption for end of life. Although even there, results in gaining an exemption seem pretty arbitrary according to variable results reported in the media and on this forum.
I am fine with outright tourism being constrained for a little longer until the vaccines bite.