Wright MP Scott Buchholz welcomes Prime Minister Scott Morrison's plan to close Australian borders in coronavirus fight

Good move: Wright MP Scott Buchholz has welcomed a plan to close Australia's borders.

Good move: Wright MP Scott Buchholz has welcomed a plan to close Australia's borders.

Wright MP Scott Buchholz has welcomed the government's plan to close the country's border from tonight to control the coronavirus spread.

Mr Buchholz said he welcomed the decision by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, which would protect Australians' health.

"Earlier today the Prime Minister announced further action the Australian Government is taking to control the spread of coronavirus, to protect Australians and save lives," he said.

"These are uncharted times and difficult decisions to make. I welcome and support the PM's announcement to implement border restrictions.

"Our focus is and remains on slowing the virus and protecting Australians. Given the volume of cases that have been contracted outside of Australia or from having contact with those returning to Australia from overseas, this is the right decision.

"The situation continues to evolve and change and our government will continue to act on the best advice.

"I would urge residents from my community, who are overseas, to come home if they're able to do so. If anyone is unable to return - follow the relevant local advice from that country's authorities.

"Together, we will get through this."

The entry ban takes effect from 8pm Queensland time, with exemptions only for Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family, including spouses, legal guardians and dependants.

New Zealand citizens who live in Australia as Australian residents are also exempt, as are New Zealanders transiting to New Zealand.

Exemptions for Pacific Islanders transiting to their home countries will continue to apply.

Australian citizens and permanent residents and those exempt from our entry restrictions will continue to be subject to a strict 14 days self-isolation.

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