There has been a lot of talk in recent months about the possibility of a travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand, which would allow residents to freely travel between the two countries without the need to quarantine. And, according to The Australian, the idea could be a reality within a matter of days.
The publication is reporting that Prime Minister Scott Morrison is mere days away from announcing the start of the trans-Tasman bubble, which would kick off with South Australia and New South Wales being the first states to welcome New Zealanders, without travellers having to enter hotel quarantine at a cost to themselves.
“I hope very soon to see New Zealanders coming and holidaying in Australia,” the PM told the Press Club in Canberra on Thursday. “I can’t tell you Australians will be able to holiday in New Zealand, but that’s their problem. I’m happy for Kiwi tourists to come here and spend money in NSW and South Australia. They’re very, very welcome.”
In other Covid-related news, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced this morning that the Sunshine State will reopen its borders to New South Wales from November 1. The premier revealed that several restrictions will be eased in the coming weeks, including being able to stand up to eat and drink in a licensed venue across the state.
“Now, the reason we can ease the restrictions is because Queenslanders have done a brilliant job,” Palaszczuk said. “I want to thank all of the families out there, all of Queenslanders, for doing the right thing. Keep up the great work!
“But just remember, too, if you’re sick – stay at home and get tested. So, what does that mean? So from 4:00 this afternoon, in some great news and in breaking news, you will be able to stand up inside and outside, whether it’s at a cafe, restaurant or a bar, and have a drink.”
Meanwhile Victoria is edging ever closer to step three of Daniel Andrews’ roadmap to recovery, with metropolitan Melbourne’s 14-day rolling average now sitting at 12.8. That comes after the state recorded just seven new cases of the virus over the past 24 hours, along with a further two deaths.
And finally, Prince Harry and Meghan have been at it again, as the couple took part in a video interview with the Evening Standard from their lavish home in Montecito, California. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were speaking about structural racism within the UK, and Harry opened up about his own “awakening”.
“Because I wasn’t aware of so many of the issues and so many of the problems within the UK and also globally as well. I thought I did but I didn’t,” he said.