POST 22: SHOULD THE MCGOWAN GOVERNMENT REASSESS ITS STATE TOURISM POLICIES?

Discussion

Population Research Post 18 laid out reasons for concern with the WA Labor government’s plan to negotiate flight connections direct from Shanghai to Perth. Post 18 discussed a significant migration problem with 92,071 Non-Irregular Maritime Arrivals arriving in Australia by plane (over the past 5 years) and applying for Protection Visas (PVs). Most are Chinese and Malaysian nationals. Following on from this there is now a very serious issue of a life threatening virus outbreak in Communist China.

There are now 17 people dead with coronavirus, which cause respiratory illness. And more than 500 sick as cases spread fast to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and even the US.[1] The coronavirus is a communicable disease, which is spread from one person to another.[2] This is why World Health Organisation has convened an emergency meeting to consider how big a threat the outbreak.[3]

The strain emerged in December in China’s central Hubei province, Wuhan.[4] The province sits 691 kilometres from Shanghai or 7.5 hours by car. The State Labor government hope to negotiate 3 direct weekly flights to Perth from Shanghai as a permanent fixture. This could result in 42,000 tourists per year arriving from Shanghai. Once again Population Research WA urges a more careful approach to West Australia’s tourism policy than is currently the case.

Comments

Due to economic growth it is becoming easier for people from lower income countries to visit advanced economies. But have public health standards in developing countries been able to keep pace with economic growth? There is research, which suggests population mobility between disparate health environments should inform government policy in tourism and migration..[5]

References

[1] Sherryn Groch, ‘What Is Coronavirus and How Worried Should We Be?’, WAtoday, 2020 <https://www.watoday.com.au/world/asia/what-is-coronavirus-and-how-worried-should-we-be-20200121-p53t9d.html> [accessed 23 January 2020].

[2] Theodore H. Tulchinsky MD, MPH, Elena A. Varavikova MD, MPH, PhD, ‘Communicable Disease – an Overview | ScienceDirect Topics’, 2014 <https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/communicable-disease> [accessed 23 January 2020].

[3] Groch.

[4] Groch.

[5] NLM and others, Migration, Mobility, and Health (National Academies Press (US), 2010) <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK45721/> [accessed 22 January 2020].

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