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ABF will revisit coronavirus entry-exit refusals

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The Australian Border Force will review some cases where it has declined people hoping to enter and leave the country to visit someone before they die or to attend funerals.

The Australian Border Force will review some cases where it has declined people hoping to enter and leave the country to visit someone before they die or to attend funerals.

Speaking on Today, ABF Commissioner Michael Outram said he was aware some cases had recently been raised, which had questioned his organisation's refusal to grant exit or entry.

"We don't want families to be split up," Mr Outram said.

A passenger arrives at Sydney airport.

"What we are going to do is to look at those cases where we have declined some of those applications."

Mr Outram also said officials would look at situations where some families and couples have been split up and forced to live in separate countries because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"We would have to look carefully at the cases to see whether the family coming to Australia to be with the single family member is warranted," he said.

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"This is all about minimising movement of people for health reasons to prevent COVID-19 getting into our country."

He said the ABF decisions and refusals were "based on health advice from all the chief medical officers" around Australia.

ABF Commissioner Michael Outram  said any refusal of travel was based on health advice from state and federal governments.

Mr Outram said the ABF had "broad shoulders" and could handle criticism over the Ruby Princess debacle.

He claimed there had been some "erroneous" reporting on the docking of the cruise ship, which he said had unfairly placed blame on the ABF.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-abf-review-some-compassionate-entry-exit-cases-deaths-funerals/9fd51bdd-4865-4ce6-929f-685a60b0cc2a

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