A 73-year-old Australian citizen has challenged the federal government’s controversial effectiveness of the Indian travel ban.
Attorney Michael Bradley, a 73-year-old agent, confirmed that the appeal had been filed in federal court in Sydney on Wednesday afternoon.
Legal action challenges the validity of Greg Hunt’s urgent declaration of a ban on travel and additional criminal action under the Biosecurity Act for constitutional reasons.
At a brief hearing on Wednesday afternoon, the federal court agreed to expedite the case and will announce the date of the hearing within the next 48 hours once an available judge is found.
A 73-year-old woman traveled to India last March and is now in Bangalore, Karnataka, South India.
The ban, which came into force under the Biosecurity Act, came into force on Monday and considered anyone who stayed in India for the past 14 days after entering Australia to be a crime.
This means that Australian citizens and residents who do not follow the urgent decision will face a $ 66,600 fine or five years’ imprisonment if they leave India for Australia.
The policy is valid until May 15th, when it is reviewed.
The government has described the measure as a “temporary suspension,” but has been widely accused of being unfair and generous by some members of the Indian and Australian communities and human rights advocates.
There was also criticism that the movement was racist. The government has denied that such measures were not taken in the United States, the United Kingdom, or parts of Europe during the coronavirus outbreak.
The government states that the decision was made due to the number of positive COVID-19 cases from India detected at an Australian quarantine facility.
More than 9,000 Australians are registered in India as wishing to return, of which 650 are flagged as vulnerable.
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