Vaccinated people should be free to travel throughout Australia even when there are outbreaks which close state borders, according to Canberra airport chief executive Stephen Byron.
He wants rules changed to give some incentive to people to get vaccinated now rather than to wait for an eventual vaccination later in the year or even next year.
Mr Byron is frustrated that state governments are imposing hard lockdowns for small outbreaks, with the result that travel - and the ability to plan to travel - is severely disrupted.
"If you are vaccinated you should have the ability to travel," he told The Canberra Times.
The National Cabinet meets on Friday and he wants the state, territory and national premiers to come out and make it clear that vaccinated people would not be restricted in movement.
"Vaccination rates are not going to increase unless they explain what the benefits are," he said.
"Here is a pathway and passport to getting our freedoms back but there needs to be a benefit to the individual and the Premiers at the National Cabinet need to spell that out. Society gets a benefit."
He does not think people are holding back from vaccination out of fear of the vaccines. It's more that they think there's no pressing need now and it can be done later.
He believes that people don't see a benefit of vaccination yet because Australia has been so effective at closing down the epidemic and because international travel is unavailable. He wants that perception changed.
"All the messages are that there's no risk - but we need people to come forward," he said.
He is angry at Western Australia, in particular, for its snap closures of the state border.
"If you've had a vaccine, why would state border quarantine rules apply to you?" he asked.
He accepted that anyone who had been in closed contact with a case would have their movement restricted. "But the indiscriminate way that returning travellers from city lockdown places are put into home isolation - you ought to be exempt from that if you've had a vaccination."
Business groups have also expressed concern at snap lockdowns and border closures.
Last month, the chief executive of the Business Council of Australia said domestic border closures cost $2.1 billion a month, and more than half of Australians said they wouldn't travel over a fear of snap border closures.
"We know much more about the virus and have a clear vaccination rollout plan, so there's no excuse for knee-jerk reactions that sap confidence and make it impossible to plan," Jennifer Westacott said.
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