Government Supports Chinese Students Returning Home: Australian Treasurer

Australian treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the federal government is helping international students return to Australian universities.

At a post-budget business breakfast in South Australia on Monday, Frydenberg hinted that the federal government would give a green light to the state’s plan to return international students to the country if approved by the Supreme Public Health Officer. ..

“For international students, we will favorably consider suggestions from South Australia. In South Australia, with the support of the Chief Medical Officer, with the support of the university, we can attract a cohort of international students beyond them. “The existing cap,” Frydenberg said.

“The budget assumed that borders would gradually reopen from mid-next year, but I would like to point out that it is not a policy decision. That is an assumption.”

“On borders, we continue to receive medical advice,” he said.

The finance minister said last year that the prime minister’s decision to close the border with China turned out to be the right decision.

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An overview of Flinders University’s Start Campus was identified as a COVID-19 hotspot on November 30, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia. (Kelly Burns / Getty Images)

“Now some say Australia was lucky because we are an island, so it wasn’t infected with the virus like in other countries.”

“Australia was unlucky to successfully control the virus. Australians make their own luck. Closing the border was an early, substantive and important decision,” Frydenberg said. Said that Britain, which is also an island, is suffering from the virus because it did not close its borders like Australia did.

When asked by Professor Noel Lindsay, Vice President of the University of Adelaide, whether Chinese students could return home, Frydenberg said: Supporting the international student sector by allowing these cohorts to arrive. “

After a series of diplomatic and trade disputes, treasury officials said China remained Australia’s largest two-way trade relationship, acknowledging that Australia-China relations were “challenging.”

“From an Australian perspective, we remain clear and consistent in our national interests, whether related to investment, human rights or international security issues.

“I feel that this is an important time for Australia. We need to be aware of changes in the global strategic environment and we need to be clear and consistent on these issues. This is our goal. “He said.

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