Sixty per cent of Daily Mail Australia readers agree with Scott Morrison’s decision to keep international borders shut indefinitely to stem the spread of COVID, as the virus proceeds to wreak devastation in India, Europe and the United States, and Australia’s Prime Minister pledged to continue his tough position on borders.
Scott Morrison said Australians had come to accept local lockdowns as part of living with COVID 19 and that residents don’t have a desire for change, and the Prime Minister argued that reopening borders too soon would expose the country to another more brutal outbreak of COVID 19, like those encountered in the United Kingdom, India and Europe.
And while there are loads of people yearning to get vaccinated in the hopes of having borders opened faster, there seems to be more who are just as content to keep foreigners out and to stay put for as long as Scott Morrison considers necessary.
One reader said that keeping people safe was the number one priority, and that if it takes five years, then it takes five years, and that it was difficult, but the right decision, and that they completely supported the decision, and those who didn’t were the same people that would have another go at the Prime Minister if he opened everything up and put the entire country in danger and put everyone in lockdown.
Another said that it was great because the pandemic had shown that they didn’t need mass immigration to drive their economy and that their economy was flourishing and unemployment was low, and to keep the border shut and never return to mass immigration.
And a person commented Scott Morrison shouldn’t let the vocal minority groups influence his position in protecting the greater good for Australians.
But there were also loads of Australians who disagreed with Scott Morrison’s tough stance, saying they want the Government to consider relaxing the border restrictions, and that they’ve acknowledged COVID isn’t going away but they will have to learn to live with it, and that closing borders indefinitely was ignoring the inevitable, and that the rest of the world will open up, and that they’re not waiting for zero cases because they know it’ll never happen.
The news was crushing tens of thousands of Aussies unable to see family members overseas for more than a year, and according to the 2016 census, half of Australians were either born overseas or have at least one parent who was born overseas.
The thing is these vaccines are for preventing severe symptoms and limiting death, not about stopping transmissions, and the virus isn’t going away anytime soon, and the Australians need to learn to deal with it like every other country’s doing.
And sticking their head in the sand and refusing to recognise the mental, financial and emotional hardships’ people are having to just stay a few transmissions is ridiculous, and there are better quarantine methods out there than could be put into place – on the other hand, how many deaths are acceptable?
But closing borders indefinitely isn’t the answer – getting people vaccinated and better quarantine that enables more people to visit is the answer, and this has now gone too far, and the government is in a mess.
Their government just needs a strategy to move forward with this virus, and they should improve their quarantine policy, vaccinate the defenceless and the elderly and then get on with life because you can’t just lock up borders indefinitely, and freedom is a human right, not a government policy!