Opinion

COVID-19: Australians first, foreigners second?

John Warhurst
By John Warhurst
Updated July 1 2021 - 3:55pm, first published April 8 2020 - 6:30pm
Surely an agreement to take care of other countries' citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic could have been reached? Picture: Supplied

Australia, like many other countries, has turned in on itself during the pandemic. One element of this tendency is the way we have treated foreigners unfortunate enough to be trapped in our midst through no fault of their own - on working holidays, travelling, and even long-term resident non-citizens, as well as migrants, refugees and international students.

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John Warhurst

John Warhurst

Canberra Times columnist

John Warhurst is an emeritus professor of political science at the Australian National University and a regular columnist for The Canberra Times.

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