Live: Federal Government could pay $40 million for return travellers’ quarantine

A deal between the Federal and Norther Territory governments to bring Australians home from overseas could cost the Commonwealth $40 million.

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Federal Government could pay $40 million for hotel quarantine

The Federal Government could end up paying $8,000 per person in quarantine costs under a plan to bring stranded Australians home via Darwin.
 
The deal between the Commonwealth and NT Government could see up to 5,000 Australians return home via Darwin from the UK, South Africa and India by the end of March. 
 
They’ll undergo quarantine at the Howard Springs facility on Darwin’s outskirts, and the Commonwealth will pay all costs to the NT Government monthly. 
 
The Department of Health says it expects the cost per person to be $8,000 per quarantine period meaning the Australian Government could end up paying the NT $40 million. 
 
The Federal Government says vulnerable Australians will be prioritised for seating on the initial flights. 

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Hello everyone

Good morning Australia.

Welcome to Sunday morning and welcome back to the live blog. 

It is going to be a big day.

Daniel Andrews is expected to announce eased restrictions across Victoria.

Grab yourself a coffee and a little cake, this is going to be a busy day.