Prime Minister Scott Morrison says lockdowns “need to end” in Australia, and future lockdowns “need to be avoided”.
“We know that because we know those lockdowns are taking a terrible toll on our country,” Mr Morrison said.
“On the mental health of our citizens, and particularly of our young people … On our children and their education, on our families and on the jobs of Australians.
“All of these lockdowns and our response is taking a heavy toll.
“We can also not remain locked out of a global economy that is opening up again – with trade, and students and travel, tourists and essential workers and others who are needed to drive our economy forward.”