Treasurer says 'safety' takes priority before borders can reopen
Josh Frydenberg also defended Australia's border closures, saying safety must take priority based on advice from medical experts.
On Tuesday night, the Treasurer revealed that the assumption was that borders wouldn't reopen until the middle of next year.
"The key factor, the central factor, the only factor for us - is what keeps Australians safe," he said from the Press Club. "It's not simply the rollout of the vaccine, that is a factor for the Chief Medical Officer in making decisions around borders.
"They also need to take into account what is happening with the virus globally, its transmissibility, new variants of the virus, and what it would mean for Australians health and safety.
"So I can only comment on the circumstances which we are in today, where there are more than 800,000 new cases, we have to be very careful and cautious, when it comes to opening up our country, we cannot, we cannot avoid the dangers that that may pose right now, and what we must seek to do is protect Australians, their health but also their economic recovery and that is why we will always follow the medical advice on these important matters."