Qantas flight from Delhi on 26 Oct for stranded Aussies

Cindi Du's studies in Adelaide have been disrupted by the COVID-19 border closures

Cindi Du's studies in Adelaide have been disrupted by the COVID-19 border closures

It comes as he announced special repatriation flights were being organised to get vulnerable Australians stranded overseas home from the UK, India and South Africa.

Most passengers will do their 14-day quarantine in the Northern Territory's Howard Springs facility at a cost of $2,500 each.

A National Cabinet meeting meant to discuss a "national reopening" and repatriating Australians stranded overseas has been dramatically derailed after Prime Minister Scott Morrison's RAAF jet suffered technical difficulties while in Cairns.

NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner is meeting with the PM this afternoon to finalise the agreement.

They will be offered interest-free loans or cash grants if they can not pay, Mr Morrison said.

That cohort will get first access to tickets on Qantas repatriation flights from the UK, India and South Africa.

Thousands of Australians stranded in the United Kingdom and India will be brought home with Qantas flights to Darwin.

Four return flights are operated from New Delhi, three from London and Johannesburg.

The first two flights will depart London on 22 October and New Delhi on 26 October.

Australia's Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge had acknowledged their plight in an interview with SBS Punjabi this week, saying, "We understand the difficulty that they are under, we absolutely do and we want to ensure that they get back to Australia as quickly as possible".

The eight return flights are excluded from the weekly limit of 5,000 worldwide arrivals.

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"Regular external audit of infection control practices will take place at Howard Springs", he added.

There are more than 29,000 Australians now registered with DFAT wishing to return to Australia.

"When it comes to Howard Springs, why hasn't the government acted before?"

Whilst more than 29,000 Australians still remain stranded overseas due to Australia's inflight lockdown since March as part of its coronavirus strategy, the largest majority remain stranded in India.

Mr Albanese also raised concerns about Mr Morrison's inability to return to the National Cabinet on Friday.

The RAAF just in question is said not to be the $250 million newest acquisition, the 100-seat jet dubbed "Shark One" by the Prime Minister, but one of the smaller craft.

"You've got to have realistic goals", Mr Morrison said.

A traffic light system for when Australia's global borders reopen to some countries is being developed by the expert medical panel.

Each flight will take 175 passengers, all excluded from the 5,000 weekly worldwide arrivals cap now in place in Australia.

He also announced that the Office of National Intelligence's director general Nick Warner will retire in December. There has been speculation that up two eight flights would be arranged, but government sources said the details had yet to be finalised.

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