Scott Morrison’s government has been condemned for its “outrageous” decision to introduce fines of up to $66,600 or five years in prison, or both, for anyone defying a travel ban preventing Australians returning home from India.
The travel ban begins on Monday, in what is believed to be the first time Australia has banned its own citizens from returning home.
Elaine Pearson, the Australia director at Human Rights Watch, said Australians have a “right to return to their own country”.
“Any such limitations on that right due to public health grounds should be necessary and proportionate,” she said. “The government should be looking for ways to safely quarantine Australians returning from India, instead of focusing their…