WA hard border: police ‘exploiting the privacy’ of travellers in emergency situations

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The privacy of people arriving at Western Australia’s hard border needs to be better protected, the head of Civil Liberties Australia has said, amid reports that travellers in emergency situations have been required to detail their personal circumstances, including mental health and family violence, in front of other travellers.Under WA’s border requirements, domestic travellers must apply for an exemption to enter the state prior to departure, and exemptions are only granted under limited circumstances.As part of the application, documents providing proof of the exemption reason and quarantine arrangements must be supplied to police. Those approved entry must undergo a Covid-19 test at the airport upon arrival and a second test at an approved hospital on day 11 of a 14-day quarantine period. Incoming travellers are also subject to questioning at the airport by police.A doctor returning to Western Australia after caring for an unwell relative in Adelaide told Guardian Australia that when she returned to Perth, she was concerned to see police “exploiting the privacy” of travellers questioned at the airport. “A solo mother with a toddler was asked to explain why she was entering WA, and this mother then had to explain in detail that …

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