Opinion

International students deserve to be treated like other members of society

By Melanie Macfarlane
July 8 2020 - 6:30pm
International students aren't asking for special treatment. Picture: Shutterstock

Back in the beginning of April, as the COVID-19 pandemic impacted Australia, the blunt message from Prime Minister Scott Morrison to international students was "it's time to go home". Fast forward to July and the federal government has announced that the return of international students is no longer conditional upon state borders being open - and it appears that recent lockdowns in Melbourne and the border closure between Victoria and NSW will not affect the decision. This is a clear indication that the federal government has realised the full economic impact of the lack of international students coming into Australia since COVID-19 first hit the headlines.

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