Covid 19 coronavirus: Victorian Premier slams transtasman travel bubble disaster

Elias Hubbard
October 19, 2020

Have you travelled to Australia under the trans-Tasman bubble arrangement?

However, he conceded the state was now apart of the travel bubble, with the state's website detailing New Zealanders are free to enter without requiring to quarantine.

Andrews said they had managed to locate 23 of those people at 16 addresses, after receiving the list 12 hours after they arrived. The site notes the existence of the one-way trans-Tasman bubble, which only started operation on Friday.

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There are still 10 travellers who need to be contacted. Anyone who did may be detained on arrival in the state, the website said.

Conservative politicians in other states, and the federal government, have been increasingly critical of Andrews' centre-left government for maintaining the strict lockdown in Victoria, saying it was undermining national recovery efforts.

"This strategy is working and will continue to work", Andrews said. State officials say most of the bubble travellers are staying in private homes. Other Australian states are expected to sign up to the plan in the coming months. Travellers have also entered Tasmania. "That is the only option that we have got", Mr Andrews told reporters on Monday.

There were tearful reunions at Sydney International Airport last week as the first flights from New Zealand disembarked.

Acting immigration minister Alan Tudge on Sunday said Victoria's chief medical officer, Brett Sutton, was present at an Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) meeting last Monday where the possibility of arriving New Zealand travellers moving throughout the country was discussed.

But the timetable has frustrated Prime Minister Scott Morrison's federal government, which is pushing Melbourne to reopen in order to revive Australia's ailing economy.

During the weekend, a spokesperson for Morrison's government noted the September 18 decision required airlines to provide passenger records to state authorities, if requested for contact tracing.

According to the Andrews, Victoria had not wanted to be in a travel bubble with New Zealand.

"We would prefer better management of these arrangements but this is something that happened that was outside of our control", Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan said on Sunday.

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"None of us can change that", Mr Andrews said as he lashed the federal government.

"It now does and we will provide the best health advice because, despite the fact that we didn't want to be in the bubble, it seems like the bubble applies to every part of our country, not just those that said yes", he said.

They also extended from five to 25 kilometres the distance people could travel from their homes for several activities, including exercise, shopping for essentials, socializing and work in essential professions. "We can't control what the airlines do".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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