Premier says 55 Kiwis travelled to Victoria

Marco Green
October 19, 2020

Kiwis arriving in Australia have been forced into quarantine after travelling outside the specified states included in the transtasman bubble.

Victoria, Australia's second-most populous state, is home to a quarter of its 25 million people and accounts for 25% of economic output, but because of the prolonged lockdown, it makes up now 40% of Australia's effectively unemployed, according to government data.

"I know and understand that not everything everybody wanted is in the announcement I have made today", Andrews told a news conference.

However, it appeared the information on the list was not completely accurate.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has attacked Australia's federal government for allowing travellers from New Zealand who arrived in Sydney into the state of Victoria.

"They've done extraordinarily well and we're hopeful that we might be able to lift that border restriction with New Zealand when it's safe to do so".

Andrews said there were now authorised officers based at Melbourne Airport as a result of the incident.

After days of protest, the Victorian government today acknowledged that New Zealanders were free to Victoria from other states and did not need to quarantine upon arrival.

SBS reported that at least 90 New Zealand travellers have flown to Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania after arriving in Sydney.

"So the very fact that we have done what the Prime Minister wants us to do and keep our border open, then we get asked, do you want to be in a New Zealand bubble and we say no, and now we find we are, so, we would actually be better off if we had done what the Federal Government has criticised every day and twice on Sundays for months, close our borders", he said.

No permits or approvals are now required to enter Victoria from another state.

The number of new daily coronavirus cases in Victoria has fallen to low single digits for the past several days, after running at up to several hundred in August.

But the Victorian government has said it did not expect to receive global travellers as a result of New South Wales making a travel bubble arrangement with New Zealand.

During Sunday's press conference, Andrews again disputed this, reiterating that they had made it clear they didn't want worldwide arrivals.

However, he conceded the state was now a part of the travel bubble.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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