The ALP has criticised the Morrison government for it’s temporary COVID travel ban with India, saying “it’s a racist, gross violation of human rights.”
Anthony Albanese and Bill Shorten have both made statements in the last week opposing the bans originating from India to the Economic Zone Formerly Known As Australia, despite mass public support and both originally supporting the ban.
In the face of immense public blowback, Albanese remained defiant.
“Yeh we got blown the fuck out at the last federal election partly for the family reunion visa brainfart which we swept under the rug, but that’s besides the point,” Albanese said.
“We’ve got MP’s in marginal electorates’ with migrants in them like Julian Hill, so we have bigger things to think about. We abandoned the working class in the 90’s so we have to be mindful of who we’re banning, that being our long-term future voters.”
Albanese said he won’t be walking back the comments and said that he was just disappointed that Australia didn’t have a land border like the United States “that we could let thousands of COVID refugees in from.”