Finally, ScoMo Has An Update On The NZ-Aussie Travel Bubble & Looks Like We're Slowly Getting There
We've been waiting for an update on the whole 'trans-Tasman travel bubble' idea for a while now, and today's press conference with the PM sort of delivered. ScoMo basically said that we’ll have a firmer understanding of just when us Aussies will be allowed to travel to New Zealand, um, soon. Better than nothing, we suppose.
ScoMo says he’s been in regular contact – via text message it seems, cute – with the NZ PM Jacinda Ardern, and that while they are keen to have the NZ-Aus travel bubble, there’s more work to do before we can kick things off. He says he's speaking to the NZ PM today to discuss just what that work looks like.
"There is no imminent starting date [on the travel bubble],” he said. "There is still a lot more work to be done to get to a point of having a trans-Tasman safe travel zone.”
Damn. Jacinda Ardern did mention a few days back in an interview, though, that she would be keen to allow travellers from some states in Australia (SA for example), before others (VIC, for obvious reasons), but that Scott Morrison wanting to wait until every state is in a good position is obviously what's holding up travel to NZ.
"At the moment, Australia wants to move as a country rather than state-by-state, and obviously issues in Victoria are delaying that," the NZ PM told TVNZ. “We have a system that would work with a state-by-state approach or a whole country approach; if it’s whole country we’ll be waiting because obviously there is community transmission in Victoria and we can’t risk that.”
ScoMo’s update today implies that there could be some wiggle room around opening state by state, and that just maybe people from some states will be allowed to travel to NZ before people from other states, after all.
"We discussed that today at National Cabinet about what states and territories could or would participate in that so there is a bit more work to do there, obviously the Victorian situation, although it is isolated from the rest of the country's seven states and territories, would be in a position to be involved in that,” the PM said today.
"We will hear further from the New Zealanders. It is an issue of interest in terms of how we can engage again with the rest of the world, but I think we will have to be very patient about that," he said.
So, a few mixed messages and confusing lines from ScoMo, but we should hopefully have a better update soon, given that the two PMs are due to chat it through this arvo. Watch this space.
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