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Calls grow to bring international students in Australia to revive economy

Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Canberra [Australia], Feb 5 : Chief Executive of the International Education Association of Australia Phil Honeywood called on the government of South Australia (SA) to revive the international education which was worth about 2 billion Australian dollars (USD 1.5 billion) per year prior to COVID-19 outbreak and follow the lead of the Northern Territory (NT) to revive its international education industry and bring international students back to the state on charter flights.

The NT in November last year used a charter flight to bring 63 students into Darwin from Singapore. They were the first international students to enter Australia since borders were closed in March 2020.

Honeywood praised the initiative and said SA should follow suit, describing the state’s current plan of having international students take seats on commercial flights not filled by returning Australians as a “lottery.”

“Because the number of returning Australians is constantly changing, it becomes something of a lottery for any state government trying to pick up so-called empty seats,” he said, according to News Corp Australia on Friday.

James Stevens, a South Australian federal government Member of Parliament, said the “massive” industry was in jeopardy if governments do not push ahead with plans for more international students to enter the country.

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