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Australian Court Upholds Ban On Most International Travel

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FILE - In this May 6, 2021, file photo, Andrew Cooper, founder and president of libertarian group LibertyWorks, arrives at Federal Court in Sydney. An Australian court on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, has rejected a challenge to the federal government's draconian power to prevent most citizens from leaving the country so that they don't bring COVID-19 home. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

(AP) — An Australian court has rejected a challenge to the federal government’s draconian power to prevent most citizens from leaving the country so they don’t bring COVID-19 home. Most Australians have been stranded in their home nation for more than a year under a government emergency order made under the powerful Biosecurity Act.

Australia is alone among developed democracies in preventing its citizens and permanent residents from leaving the country except in “exceptional circumstances.”

Libertarian group LibertyWorks argued the government did not have the power to enforce the travel ban. But the judges said Parliament knew the law’s impact would be harsh when it passed the Biosecurity Act in 2015. LibertyWorks is considering an appeal to the High Court.

 

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