We've learnt time and time again that this virus is not to be messed with.
That's why we locked down our international borders. That's why our premiers have been so strict about state borders. That's why thousands of Australians missed Christmas with their family. Why Victorians spent 112 days inside their homes. Why our economy suffered. Why hardworking business owners were forced to shut their doors forever. Why we homeschooled for months.
It was all to get on top of this virus and to give us the chance to live a somewhat 'normal' life as we wait for a vaccine and for this nightmare to be over.
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But in 2021, the Victorian government decided to take a gamble. After all that hard work, they opened their border to 1200 tennis players, coaches and support staff who entered our some-what safe haven from all over the world to compete in the Australian Open this month.
The Victorian Premier says the Australian Open is actually helping to fund the state's plans to allow more travellers to return home to Australia, and the prime minister adamantly told 2GB in January that, "No one is being prevented from coming home from overseas because of the Australian Open. That’s not happening."
But try telling that to the Australian citizens getting flight after flight home cancelled. It's a cruel comparison.
So my parents have had their flight cancelled. Again. Meaning they won’t see their 1st grandchild before his 1st birthday. Yet we are meant to care one iota about the situation professional tennis players coming to the #AustralianOpen currently find themselves in? Come off it.— Dr Claire Wylie (@DrCEWylie) January 17, 2021