Morrison says work underway for Singapore travel bubble

The Prime Minister wants a travel bubble opened between Australia and Singapore but warns it may be "some time" away.

Morrison says work underway for Singapore travel bubble

Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants a travel bubble opened between Australia and Singapore but warns it may be "some time" away.

Mr Morrison revealed work to create a passage between the two nations after he met last night with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

"I welcome the fact that we will now work together to put the infrastructure in place, to put the systems in place to enable us to open up in a similar way that we've been able to open up to New Zealand from Australia, when we're both in a position to do so," Mr Morrison said in a joint address following the sixth Singapore-Australia Leaders' Meeting.

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"There is still some time before we reach that milestone, but there is nothing impeding us, as we've discussed today, from getting on with the job of putting systems in place that will enable such a bubble to emerge between Singapore and Australia as it does now occur between Australia and New Zealand."

Additionally, priority will be given to students from Singapore "to be able to return to Australia to complete their studies", Mr Morrison said.

Mr Morrison is on his way to the UK for the G7 summit.

His stop in Singapore is understood to be the first of a foreign leader in the country since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

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As well as travel between Australia and Singapore, Mr Morrison also praised qualities the two nations shared.

"We share history, we share trust, most significantly, we share ambition, and that ambition I think is reflected in the comprehensive strategic partnership we have that is now being demonstrated in the many granular agreements and memorandums that have been completely in so many parts in this relationship.

"Whether it's what we're doing together in defence, in technology, in addressing climate change, and importantly working together to ensure the stability of our region that all of our prosperity, all of our safety depends."

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