The Federal Government has announced plans to raise the number of Australians returning from overseas during the pandemic.
Deputy Prime Minister and Transport Minister Michael McCormack said he wants to see the number of Australian citizens and permanent residents lifted from 4000 per week to 6000.
“I have written to premiers and chief ministers to make that possible. So that we can bring home 2000 more Australians over and above what we have been doing in recent weeks,” Mr McCormack said.
He said NSW, Western Australia and Queensland would lift their number of arrivals by 500 and South Australia by about 360.
Mr McCormack said he would like to see more arrivals in Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the ACT, but it was too early to kickstart international travel to virus-stricken Victoria.
There are currently about 25,000 Australians overseas who wish to return home.
Mr McCormack has…