Trade associations praise the new COVID program but are disappointed with the arrival limit

Industry groups welcome the Australian Government’s new four-step COVID program based on vaccination counts, but call the reduction in international arrival limits a “step back.”

The Australian Industrial Group (Ai Group) welcomed the new plan, but hoped that all who would like to receive the shot would reach the “post-vaccination stage” when they were vaccinated. Recommended.

“We need to be very careful about setting thresholds for vaccinations that will pave the way for further relaxation,” said Ai Group CEO. Ines Willox said..

He said setting a fixed percentage carries the risk of not reaching the goal due to some of the population who refused it.

Willox also said he was disappointed with the new six-month limit of reducing international arrivals by 50%.

“The restrictions must be very temporary and are not allowed to stay in place for a little longer than the government deems necessary,” Willox said. “Currently, the number of arrivals is small, and today’s cuts are effectively turning off the highly needed skilled worker taps.”

The Australian Property Council reflected these sentiments, and CEO Ken Morrison said plans were essential for the country to reopen, but arrival restrictions were disappointing.

“Students and skilled immigrants are an important part of national success and productivity. They add to work, tourism and overall economic activity.” Morrison said.. “Australia needs to bring its citizens home, safely mitigate their lack of skills and engage with the world. Lowering the flight cap is a step away from these consequences.”

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Vaccinated on February 16, 2021 in Chelsea, Massachusetts. (Joseph Prezioso / AFP via Getty Images)

The Australian University (UA) said that while international safe return remains a priority in this sector, universities place top priority on regional security.

“Through the COVID-19 pandemic, Australian universities have relied on and will continue to rely on the advice of public health and medical professionals,” a UA spokesman told The Epoch Times.

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) also welcomed the new program and said it was important for the community to have a clear vision of living in a world with the CCP virus.

“This plan consists of four stages, recognizing the important fact that vaccination is the way out of this crisis, and there is no doubt about it,” said AMA President Doctor. Omar Khorshid said.. “By the final stages of the plan, the vaccinated population had been seen and a medical system was in place to treat COVID as well as how to manage influenza.”

Khorshid supported reducing arrivals, but said it would exacerbate the shortage of critical staff as the medical industry relies on foreign healthcare workers.

“They will need to be lifted as soon as possible to reduce the impact on vulnerable Australians in need of medical care,” he said.

Australia is currently facing a serious skill shortage as more than a quarter of companies struggle to fill vacant seats with the right staff.

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