Senate debates

Monday, 23 March 2020

Questions without Notice

Coronavirus

2:47 pm

Photo of Tim AyresTim Ayres (NSW, Australian Labor Party) Share this | Hansard source

This morning the Commissioner of the Australian Border Force said:

… I've asked my officers, when they're boarding a ship that's coming from international waters, to ask the master a simple question—has anyone on this vessel got flu-like symptoms? If the answer is yes, nobody will be getting off that vessel …

Is this the protocol the Chief Medical Officer recommended the Australian Border Force use on cruise ships? Why isn't Australia taking the temperature of all international passengers arriving at airports and cruise ship terminals?

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