Head of work Anthony Albanese said the government must immediately build new federal quarantine facilities, saying the country cannot afford to continue to plunge into lockdowns.
Following the Commonwealth 's decision last week to go ahead with federal support for a new specially designed quarantine facility at Victoria , Albanese said more needs to be built in other states ahead of the next federal election.
"This must bee settled now, not wait until after the next federal election which will be held perhaps as late as May of next year "he told Sky News.
"We cannot afford to continue having these blockages.
The government has until present resisted a proposal from Queensland for a new quarantine center in Toowoomba, while the government of New South Wales has flagged the possibility of a new quarantine facility in its state - which would be "owned and operated by the Commonwealth".
The federal government will spend $ 200 million to build the new facility to be located in Avalon or Mickleham, but the Victorian government will finance the operating costs.
On Saturday Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told the party's state conference that what the government was proposing was "obvious" that would help ensure safety and security. certainty. s23rjr ">" We are not proposing the construction of an international station space, "she said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, criticized the Queensland proposal, saying the government had received few details until the end of last week, and raising concerns about its relevance given its remoteness from Brisbane.
Other proposals can still be considered by the government, but they must meet new criteria: be close to an airport that regularly accepts international commercial flights; less than an hour's drive from a tertiary hospital; owned by the Commonwealth; and in addition to the systeme existing hotel quarantine.
Albanese said the government should have acted last year.
" It was the best time to do it, the best next time is now. "
The deputy head of the opposition Richard Marles said the last Victorian lockdown was the result of the government 's failure to quarantine.
"All roads lead to a failure in the management of the quarantine in this country. The hotel quarantine, which was meant to be an interim measure ... these are facilities that are not fit for purpose, where you have a single ventilation system in a building that leads people to contract the disease in these hotels and led to the epidemics which we then experienced ", Marles told ABC 's Insiders program.
" This is the problem and it ' s the problem. 'is the probleme that Victoria is facing now, and it is basically a failure of Scott Morrison and his government. ”
Sunday, the Victorian government announced that two new locally acquired Covid cases had been detected overnight from nearly 30,000 tests, along with six more in hotel quarantine, representing the number total active infections in the state at 85.
Greater Melbourne is now in its second week of lockdown , while Authorities are trying to determine the source of the state's highly contagious Delta strain cluster, presumably from another hotel quarantine leak.
This would be the 22nd hotel quarantine leak since the system was put in place last year.