‘Hard borders’ must be replaced by ‘smart borders’

Western Australia AMA President Dr Andrew Miller has urged both state and federal governments to transition from a “hard border through to a smart border”.

“It needs to be compassionate, it needs to be transparent, it has to have objective criteria around whose allowed in at particular times,” he said.

“It is not beyond the capability of a nation like ours, with the number of months that we’ve had to prepare to have a really smart and efficient way of compassionately bringing our people back home”.

Mr Miller called for clear cut rules on borders, urging authorities to make the most of available technologies.

He described the current system particularly along state borders as a “black box” and said it was “hard to know why some people get permission to move and other people don’t”.

“If we did have a much smarter border, with a tech basis to it and transparency, people would accept it more at both the international and the state level”.

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