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Scott Morrison has hit back at former Australian cricket great Michael Slater, after the commentator took to twitter to tee off on the Australian government’s decision to our own block citizens from returning home from India.
Slater escaped from India earlier this week as the country’s coronavirus situation worsened, sacrificing his pay checque and livlihood to get home before the government began banning Australians from returning to their home – with severe penalties for anyone who disobeys their laws.
Morrison’s government has introduced fines of up to $66,600 or five years in prison for anyone defying the travel ban preventing Australians returning home from India. The temporary measure is designed to allow for hotel quarantine upgrades in Australia before an influx of citizens fleeing COVID-ravaged India.
Thousands of Australians stranded in India, including most of the Aussie test cricket side who were over their playing in the IPL themselves, are terrified of the now inevitable scenario of catching coronavirus in a country with zero hospital beds. This comes as nearly 400,000 new cases registered across India on Sunday in the world’s fastest-growing outbreak.
Slats, a former Test opening batter has found his way to the Maldives, where he will wait until he can legally return home. Last night he tweeted: “If our Government cared for the safety of Aussies they would allow us to get home. It’s a disgrace!
“Blood on your hands PM. How dare you treat us like this. How about you sort out quarantine system.
“I had government permission to work on the IPL but I now have government neglect.”
However, having already made the highly unpopular decision to ban 90% of Australia’s test cricketers from returning to their home country, Morrison remains firm in his knee-jerk decision to implement blatantly racist travel bans on the mostly brown-skinned citizens stuck on the subcontinent.
“Sorry, Slats… But no one cares about cricket right now… I certainly don’t” Scotty From Marketing told a press conference this morning, while donning a Cronulla Sharks scarf and cap.
“Right now my calendar is filled up with appearances in rugby league change rooms. I won’t be needing anything from the cricketers until the bushfires start up again in November”
“At which point I’ll be hosting them in Kirribilli and banging on about how much they inspire our regional communities that just lost their entire livlihoods and homes to climate-change-aided bushfires that I will be blaming the national parks rangers for not preventing”
“I guess you’ll all have to get used to eating curry for 6 months haha”