Joint letter to National Cabinet demanding consistent internal border controls
BY Australian Retailers Association
24 August 2020
A lack of coordination on borders has had serious consequences for Australians. In this open letter, written between the ARA other leading advocacy bodies, the Government is being implored to take action.
The ARA, in collaboration with other leading advocacy bodies, has today urged National Cabinet to agree to a national framework that clearly sets out the thresholds of when internal border controls can be implemented and how they would apply. Read the open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, State and Territory Premiers and Chief Ministers here.
An excerpt from the letter is below:
"We acknowledge we must put the health of Australians first.
Border closures have been an important part of Australia’s response to COVID-19 and it is imperative that the health of Australians underpins policy decisions.
The rapid and piecemeal implementation of complex and inconsistent domestic border restrictions in response to COVID-19 is impacting families, destroying jobs and crippling the Australian economy’s ability to recover from this pandemic.
In May, we welcomed the National Cabinet’s announcement of a nationally agreed three step COVID Safe plan – and commitment to “track progress against agreed precedent conditions, determine the pace of moving through the steps, and make any further decisions to move forward safely and with confidence’’.
Instead, what has emerged is a patchwork of inconsistent state and territory-based rules that ignore the reality of the way small and large businesses operate across borders and Australians live their lives."
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Australian Retailers Association
Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is Australia’s largest retail association representing Australia’s $320 billion sector, which employs more than 1.3 million people. As the retail industry’s peak representative body, the ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating, and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.