We have seen outbreaks in hotel quarantine in all of our major cities, including here in Adelaide, but in all of the major cities over the last few months. This is not particular to a specific state.
This is a national problem, reflecting that quarantine is a national responsibility. It is for Scott Morrison to fix this, not to keep shoving it off to the state governments that have done all of the heavy lifting through the pandemic …
There should be a national system that has national standards. Instead what we see is very different arrangements in different states. That is not how a quarantine system should operate.
It is not how our quarantine arrangements have operated for more than 100 years. At the end of the day we have one set of international borders. Australians, no matter what state they’re in, should feel confident that there is a quarantine arrangement in place to allow people to come home.
We want Australians to be able to come home but to do so in a way that protects the broader community.