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Coronavirus Australia: Jail for people sending face masks, sanitiser to China

Hamartia Antidote

Nov 17, 2013
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The Federal Government will move to ban and heavily penalise Australians from exporting face masks and hand sanitiser to China, with those caught facing up to five years in prison.

The move by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton will also see punishment for the price-gouging of these and other “essential goods”, according to a report by The Daily Telegraph.

“We’ve taken the step to protect Australia’s interest, to stop unauthorised, inappropriate exporting of those things that we rely upon for our health care and so on at present,” national Trade and Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham told ABC’s News Breakfast this morning.

“The night before last, I spent the evening on the phone to trade ministers from around the world where we discussed the importance of keeping these freight lines open, of course, protecting medical equipment where countries need it, scaling up production as we’re doing as a country at the present, with the military sent in to help in some cases to make more face masks.”

“But crucially we’re working together with other countries to make sure that we don’t just have what we need, but also that we can hopefully supply what is needed into less developed countries and those who are even more vulnerable to coronavirus.”

The decisions come after a Chinese-backed company Greenland Australia that recently sent 10,000 masks, 30,000 protective gowns and 68,000 disposable gloves from Sydney to Shanghai claimed it’s now gathering supplies to donate to Aussie doctors and nurses.

In a statement, the Sydney-based company said it sent the supplies in late January and early February because China “at the time, was the epicentre of the outbreak”.

“Greenland Australia also recognises that Australian people are currently at risk with the more recent and ongoing domestic spread of COVID-19, so the company is focused on helping people in this country through a similar effort that undertaken for China,” the company told The Daily Telegraph last night.


Sep 9, 2016
This just show how bad the situation in Aus is, they must hide serious number of cases there.

At the height of Wuhan outbreak China don't throw people into prison for exporting medical stuff.

But no surprise, since just like its master US, Australia is just another incompetent fail state, they could not even handle a natural fire, let along a highly infective virus.
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