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How Australia became the world's most luxurious prison

Convict past is key to understanding the country's overseas travel ban

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Protesters throw pot plants at mounted police during an anti-lockdown rally in Sydney on July 24.   © AAP/Reuters

Ian Lloyd Neubauer is a freelance journalist based in Southeast Asia.

Four to five years. That has always been my answer when people in Asia ask me how long I think Australia will remain closed and prevent its own citizens from traveling abroad since the country enacted one of the world's toughest border restrictions at the start of the pandemic.

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