Allow S'poreans visa-free entry to Australia

While I welcome the multiple-year tourist visa Australia now extends to Singaporeans as part of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership inked recently ("S'pore, Australia ink pact taking ties to new heights"; May 7), much more can be achieved if Australia reciprocates Singapore's visa-free entry to Australians.

Singaporeans make up a significant proportion of Asean tourists who visit Australia.

Many of us also have close ties with Australia, either as a result of business or studies.

However, for me, the need to get a visa makes Australia less attractive to visit than other popular destinations nearby that offer visa-free entry.

Hoe Lye Soon