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Australian Border Force commander says it’s wrong for leaders to say travellers are getting around COVID travel rules

The head of the Australian Border Force says its wrong for political leaders to say COVID travel rules are being flouted.

Commissioner Michael Outram says citizens and permanent residents make up the vast bulk of people who’ve been allowed to enter Australia during the COVID pandemic.

It comes after some political leaders criticised apparent inconsistencies in the rules governing people who’ve been allowed to leave Australia.

The Commissioner told RN that every exemption to travel rules is only granted after very careful consideration.

“Since the first of January this year, we’ve approved 51,000 or just a bit over but, we’re refused 52,000 … so the idea that we’re just letting people travel on a whim is actually fake, we’re actually being really tough on this,” he said.

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