During Wednesday night’s episode of The Project, the panellists discussed how Australians are feeling like they are not being looked after by their country during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Specifically, how expensive and difficult it is to fly into Australia, for residents to return home.
“As of today, the number of weekly international flight arrivals have been halved, leaving citizens who are stranded abroad feeling more abandoned than ever,” says Carrie Bickmore.
“Overseas arrivals have been cut from 6000 to 3000 a week in a bid to reduce pressure on hotel quarantine,” added Waleed Aly.
“35,000 Aussies have registered with foreign affairs as being stuck overseas and wanting to return home,” he continued.
One guest on the show, Kathy, is six months pregnant and booked to have her baby in a New South Wales hospital.
“It is just heartbreaking to feel that you are not wanted in your own country,” she says, extremely emotional.
Cristina Williams, another Australian trying to get home described it as “the most exhausting and emotionally draining, financially taxing year of our lives.”
“As of today flights into Sydney can only carry a maximum of 126 passengers. For Melbourne, it is down to 13. 10 for Perth and just six for Brisbane. Under the new caps some airlines aren’t even allowed passengers so they have to rely on carrying cargo and outbound travellers to make money. It is no wonder that fares have increased. One economy flight from London to Sydney cost $36,000,” Waleed continued.
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“Gosh, it has been such a stressful time for so many people. I think that is a really interesting point about Australia feeling like the perfect place to be at a certain time during this pandemic and now it really does feel like we are falling behind. Don’t you guys feel that way?” added Rachel Corbett.
“Absolutely,” agreed Carrie.
“I feel like the rest of the world is getting on with things. People are 8 per cent vaccinated in other countries and we are still under 10 per cent. It feels like life will take a long time to go back to normal. At the beginning of things you wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else in the whole world but here,” continued Rachel.
Originally published as Project hosts’ disappointment in Australia