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Victoria set for billion-dollar jackpot as governments play ‘pass the parcel’ with students

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International university students may soon be welcomed again in Victoria despite Sydneysiders still being shut out.

The Australian reports Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will approach National Cabinet with a proposal to create a separate quota for student arrivals within the state’s hotel quarantine system.

The industry is worth $40 billion nationally, and $8 billion in Victoria alone.

International Education Association CEO Phil Honeywood told Joe Hildebrand while Mr Andrews has floated the idea, no-one knows when or if it’ll eventuate.

He pointed out NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian had proposed a similar scheme but later backed down when the northern beaches cluster emerged.

“There’s a bit of a game of pass the parcel going on between the federal and state governments.

“Because the Prime Minister has indicated that quarantine is a state government responsibility, and that the chief medical officers in each state have suddenly become de-facto premiers in many cases, then … unfortunately the federal government can, when they choose to, wash their hands of this.”

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