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Porter rubbishes idea to use Christmas Island for quarantining overseas travellers

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The Federal Government has dismissed suggestions Christmas Island should be used to quarantine overseas travellers.

The Opposition’s flagged the proposal to try and get more stranded Australians back home.

But the Government is pushing for the states to increase their hotel quarantine capacity instead.

Attorney General Christian Porter told Gareth Parker on Mornings, using the Christmas Island detention facility is not an option.

Meanwhile, WA Premier Mark McGowan is wondering to why increasing the international travel cap wasn’t discussed before being announced.

The Federal Government is planning to up the cap to 6,000 per week an increase of 2000 people.

Currently there are 20,000 Australians stranded overseas.

The Premier is concerned with more people coming in it could put further pressure on hotel quarantine.

 

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