msn.com 18 Sep, 2020 07:15 am

Flight caps on Australian arrivals to be raised after agreement at national cabinet

New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia have agreed to allow more people into hotel quarantine as part of a national cabinet plan to boost the cap on arrivals to Australia from 4,000 to 6,000 a week. On Friday Scott Morrison met with state and territory leaders, who agreed to a phased increase in their share of arrivals in a bid to help 24,000 Australians still stranded overseas who want to return. Morrison also signalled that capacity...

The Guardian p Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images p New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia have agreed to allow more people into hotel quarantine as part of a national cabinet plan to boost the cap on arrivals to Australia from 4,000 to 6,000 a week.NSW, Queensland and Western Australia have agreed to raise flight caps after meeting at national cabinet.Earlier, the former health secretary, Jane Halton, briefed national cabinet on the conclusion of her snap review of hotel quarantine.Morrison said national cabinet had adopted advice from chief medical officers that would allow children to come home in the school holidays, preventing boarding school students being blocked from their families by state borders.

Related: Victoria’s former police chief denies pushing use of private guards for hotel quarantine Before national cabinet, Labor leader Anthony Albanese accused the Morrison government of “failure to look after” Australians stranded overseas.As reported on Friday ahead of the meeting, national cabinet agreed to a $2bn extension of telehealth services for six months, until the end of March 2021.

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