Mark Latham has lashed out at yet another border security failure where hundreds arriving at Sydney Airport stood in packed queues.
A shocking video, filmed by an outraged pilot, shows the passengers standing within touching distance of one another as they queued for immigration.
The pilot said Border Force did nothing about it, despite the government mandating social distancing of 1.5m to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Meanwhile, a group of tradies in Sydney’s Pitt Street Mall managed to eat their lunch on benches while carefully staying apart from each other.
A shocking video, filmed by an outraged pilot, shows the passengers standing within touching distance of one another as they queued for immigration
Mr Latham raged at the airport situation, which was just days after the Ruby Princess was allowed to disembark 2,700 passengers in Sydney Harbour with no checks.
‘We had a very big advantage over everyone else in being an island, but we didn’t use that advantage,’ Mark Latham told 2SM radio on Thursday.
‘We didn’t use that advantage. Why isn’t there a compulsory lockdown?
‘How is it that a bunch of people can get marched off Bondi Beach, but Border Force can allow a whole bunch of people to march in with not even a temperature check?’
The One Nation leader in NSW also slammed plans to let thousands of prisoners out of NSW jails to prevent coronavirus running through them.
‘If there’s one category of people likely to ignore social distancing, it’s prisoners,’ he said.
Meanwhile, a group of tradies in Sydney’s Pitt Street Mall managed to eat their lunch on benches while carefully staying apart from each other
The tradies wolfed down some KFC and chatted while staying the recommended 1.5m away from each other to prevent unwitting coronavirus spread
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 2,687
New South Wales: 1,219
Western Australia: 205
South Australia: 197
Australian Capital Territory: 53
Northern Territory: 8
TOTAL CASES: 2,687
‘And what about them re-offending? Don’t the police have enough to deal with with [dealing with situations like] Bondi Beach?’
Mr Latham accused the NSW Greens, who were key proponents of the prisoner releases, of hypocrisy as they included domestic violence abusers.
‘Left wing Greens give this rhetoric that we have to take domestic violence seriously and now they want to let them out,’ he said.
‘The best they could do is to notify the victims that their abuser is out on the loose… it’s a hypocritical disgrace.’
Mr Latham also said President Donald Trump was wrong to declare the U.S. should be ‘back in business’ by April despite escalating cases and deaths.
‘It’s the wrong message to send out,’ he said.
‘But every instinct in Trump’s body is against lockdowns – he’s into economic activity and getting out there, and having fun having 100 girlfriends.
‘He thinks its against the American Way.’
Mr Latham said police had enough to deal with preventing scenes like this on Bondi Beach from happening again to be dealing with released prisoners
The video was taken by broadcast voice coach Sally Prosser, who shared it on Twitter and wrote: ‘I’m livid’
Although many international flights are cancelled and non-resident arrivals banned, Australian citizens can still return to Australia and self-isolate for 14 days.
Planes arrived on Thursday from all over the world including Doha in Qatar, Shanghai in China, and Tokyo in Japan – all hard-hit by coronavirus.
The pilot who filmed the video told Daily Mail Australia he was ‘stunned, angry and disappointed’ after discovering about 300 to 400 people crammed shoulder-to-shoulder in the one room.
The pilot confronted an Australian Border Force officer about it. ‘I asked him, are you aware of the national guidelines? He said “yeah”.
‘Then he shrugged his shoulders and said “that’s not my problem… it’s Biosecurity’s”.’
Sydney Airport has put up social distancing signs, rolled out more hand sanitisers and switched to hospital grade disinfectants and cleaning products.
A sign at Sydney Airport tells people to stay 1.5 metres apart to slow the spread of coronavirus