The former deputy chief medical officer has labelled the quasi-elimination strategy in Australia a "false idol," putting further pressure on the Coalition to outline a plan to reopen international borders.
Nick Coatsworth argued Australians need to come to terms with the fact no new cases every day is not a sustainable long-term approach.
His comments added to pressure placed upon Prime Minister Scott Morrison by top doctors and business groups to set out a nationwide plan to gradually reopen borders.
However the latest Newspoll revealed 73 per cent of voters believe the border should remain shut until at least the middle of next year or until COVID-19 is under control globally.
Only 21 per cent of people said the opening of the international border should align with the completion of the vaccine rollout across the country.