More Promises from Prime Minister Morrison

Written By: - Date published: 1:03 pm, October 11th, 2021 - 14 comments
Categories: australian politics, covid-19, Economy, health, International, tourism - Tags:

So, the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is preparing for a November resumption of international air travel.

In a Facebook livestream yesterday. The prime minister said that he’s had discussions with New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet about bringing forward the start date of international travel for vaccinated people.

All he needs is for the home quarantine programme to be ready. There could not be a better live experiment for us to watch for a couple of months and see how it works out, because you know what the John Key crowd are going to do next: complain about why it’s happening over there first and in general why has New Zealand lost a comparative advantage for tourism. I strongly suspect that our South Island communities will not be so quick to take up the same approach: they like their current COVID-free status.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before in an Australia that existed before the catastrophic NSW and Victoria outbreaks this year but Morrison said yesterday:

We can’t live as a hermit kingdom on the other side of the world. If people are double vaccinated it makes complete sense for them to return to Australia in better settings than being cramped up in a hotel for two weeks.”

We will likely go through a series of debates here about all the differences that may exist in Australia’s approach to re-opening to the world, and all the systems that may contribute to enabling that, and in general what about them over there. This is what we need to do: stop the comparisons. New Zealand his its own health capacity, own people, own borders, own programme. We are where we are with this thing.

Every country is going to come out of this in a slightly different trajectory, and we are going to have to stop the perpetual comparisons. In COVID, each sovereign state is on its own.

14 comments on “More Promises from Prime Minister Morrison ”

  1. McFlock 1

    Ah, so he's waiting to build NSW cases up to a comparable level with the destination nations before opening up to them?

  2. Graeme 2

    But wasn't Scomo's "open borders" just for vaccinated Australian citizens? So Aussies who couldn't get MIQ could come home and self isolate, and allow Aussies go overseas and be able to get back. They had a prohibition on travel out of Australia.

    Will be interesting how the home isolation works out.

    Won't do a thing for for inbound tourism.

    • Tricledrown 2.1

      To many risks until we know no new variants .Don't Panic . Tourism is not as important as a over burdoned health system.

      • Graeme 2.1.1

        My comment about tourism was referencing how it's just assumed that's the reason for 'opening the borders'. Same as the Trans Tasman bubble, the only beneficiary of that was the visiting friends and family sector, tourism got absolutely nothing. All it did was scare the NZ market away.

        But it shows how Scomo is going after the expat vote by letting them come home without MIQ (well home isolation, yeah, right). Very much doubt many Aussies will be rushing off for overseas holidays.

    • McFlock 2.2

      It's funny, one refrain from antivaxxers is that the vaccines aren't perfect, but when people want to ditch public health standards apparently just making sure incoming passengers have a vaccine certificate everything will be fine.

      Just like pre-departure testing was supposed to be the thing that would help us out with the fishing fleet.

      And home isolation is a joke.

  3. Patricia Bremner 3

    Advantage. Jacinda Ardern going to remote areas to get vaccine numbers up

    A nasty journalist in the 4pm stand up implying she was "on an enjoyable jaunt and could others do that?"

    Wow, She is the Prime Minister showing she cares about keeping people safe.

    The journalist should check the list of opposition MPs who have travelled for surprising reasons… not many to support full vaccination. He is "pillock of the week" in my book.

  4. DS 4

    Australia's bungling basically means that we cannot have Quarantine-free travel with them (except poor old WA) for the foreseeable future. This time next year, they'll be as bad as Britain.

    • Graeme 4.1

      I'd love to see New Zealand do a quarantine free bubble with the State Government in Perth. Would be quite easy, Air New Zealand and Qantas have done direct flights for 40 years, and others from time to time.

      Of all the states they are the closest to New Zealand, with an equal distaste for eastern Australia. I lived there for a while in late 80's and secessionist sentiment was alive and well, they were of a similar mind to NZ regarding Federation in 1900, the eastern states underwrote the railway across the Nullabor which brought them in.

      Also nothing poor about the place, money flows are quite strongly eastward, the place could function just as well, if not better on it's own.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Ministers visit Hawke’s Bay to grasp recovery needs
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon joined Cyclone Recovery Minister Mark Mitchell and Transport and Local Government Minister Simeon Brown, to meet leaders of cyclone and flood-affected regions in the Hawke’s Bay. The visit reinforced the coalition Government’s commitment to support the region and better understand its ongoing requirements, Mr Mitchell says.  ...
    6 hours ago
  • New Zealand condemns malicious cyber activity
    New Zealand has joined the UK and other partners in condemning malicious cyber activity conducted by the Russian Government, Minister Responsible for the Government Communications Security Bureau Judith Collins says. The statement follows the UK’s attribution today of malicious cyber activity impacting its domestic democratic institutions and processes, as well ...
    12 hours ago
  • Disestablishment of Te Pūkenga begins
    The Government has begun the process of disestablishing Te Pūkenga as part of its 100-day plan, Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills Penny Simmonds says.  “I have started putting that plan into action and have met with the chair and chief Executive of Te Pūkenga to advise them of my ...
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend COP28 in Dubai
    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will be leaving for Dubai today to attend COP28, the 28th annual UN climate summit, this week. Simon Watts says he will push for accelerated action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement, deliver New Zealand’s national statement and connect with partner countries, private sector leaders ...
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand to host 2024 Pacific defence meeting
    Defence Minister Judith Collins yesterday announced New Zealand will host next year’s South Pacific Defence Ministers’ Meeting (SPDMM). “Having just returned from this year’s meeting in Nouméa, I witnessed first-hand the value of meeting with my Pacific counterparts to discuss regional security and defence matters. I welcome the opportunity to ...
    1 day ago
  • Study shows need to remove distractions in class
    The Government is committed to lifting school achievement in the basics and that starts with removing distractions so young people can focus on their learning, Education Minister Erica Stanford says.   The 2022 PISA results released this week found that Kiwi kids ranked 5th in the world for being distracted ...
    1 day ago
  • Minister sets expectations of Commissioner
    Today I met with Police Commissioner Andrew Coster to set out my expectations, which he has agreed to, says Police Minister Mark Mitchell. Under section 16(1) of the Policing Act 2008, the Minister can expect the Police Commissioner to deliver on the Government’s direction and priorities, as now outlined in ...
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand needs a strong and stable ETS
    New Zealand needs a strong and stable Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) that is well placed for the future, after emission units failed to sell for the fourth and final auction of the year, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says.  At today’s auction, 15 million New Zealand units (NZUs) – each ...
    2 days ago
  • PISA results show urgent need to teach the basics
    With 2022 PISA results showing a decline in achievement, Education Minister Erica Stanford is confident that the Coalition Government’s 100-day plan for education will improve outcomes for Kiwi kids.  The 2022 PISA results show a significant decline in the performance of 15-year-old students in maths compared to 2018 and confirms ...
    3 days ago
  • Collins leaves for Pacific defence meeting
    Defence Minister Judith Collins today departed for New Caledonia to attend the 8th annual South Pacific Defence Ministers’ meeting (SPDMM). “This meeting is an excellent opportunity to meet face-to-face with my Pacific counterparts to discuss regional security matters and to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the Pacific,” Judith Collins says. ...
    4 days ago
  • Working for Families gets cost of living boost
    Putting more money in the pockets of hard-working families is a priority of this Coalition Government, starting with an increase to Working for Families, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says. “We are starting our 100-day plan with a laser focus on bringing down the cost of living, because that is what ...
    4 days ago
  • Post-Cabinet press conference
    Most weeks, following Cabinet, the Prime Minister holds a press conference for members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery. This page contains the transcripts from those press conferences, which are supplied by Hansard to the Office of the Prime Minister. It is important to note that the transcripts have not been edited ...
    4 days ago
  • Lake Onslow pumped hydro scheme scrapped
    The Government has axed the $16 billion Lake Onslow pumped hydro scheme championed by the previous government, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says. “This hugely wasteful project was pouring money down the drain at a time when we need to be reining in spending and focussing on rebuilding the economy and ...
    5 days ago
  • NZ welcomes further pause in fighting in Gaza
    New Zealand welcomes the further one-day extension of the pause in fighting, which will allow the delivery of more urgently-needed humanitarian aid into Gaza and the release of more hostages, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said. “The human cost of the conflict is horrific, and New Zealand wants to see the violence ...
    1 week ago
  • Condolences on passing of Henry Kissinger
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today expressed on behalf of the New Zealand Government his condolences to the family of former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who has passed away at the age of 100 at his home in Connecticut. “While opinions on his legacy are varied, Secretary Kissinger was ...
    1 week ago
  • Backing our kids to learn the basics
    Every child deserves a world-leading education, and the Coalition Government is making that a priority as part of its 100-day plan. Education Minister Erica Stanford says that will start with banning cellphone use at school and ensuring all primary students spend one hour on reading, writing, and maths each day. ...
    1 week ago
  • US Business Summit Speech – Regional stability through trade
    I would like to begin by echoing the Prime Minister’s thanks to the organisers of this Summit, Fran O’Sullivan and the Auckland Business Chamber.  I want to also acknowledge the many leading exporters, sector representatives, diplomats, and other leaders we have joining us in the room. In particular, I would like ...
    1 week ago
  • Keynote Address to the United States Business Summit, Auckland
    Good morning. Thank you, Rosemary, for your warm introduction, and to Fran and Simon for this opportunity to make some brief comments about New Zealand’s relationship with the United States.  This is also a chance to acknowledge my colleague, Minister for Trade Todd McClay, Ambassador Tom Udall, Secretary of Foreign ...
    1 week ago
  • India New Zealand Business Council Speech, India as a Strategic Priority
    Good morning, tēnā koutou and namaskar. Many thanks, Michael, for your warm welcome. I would like to acknowledge the work of the India New Zealand Business Council in facilitating today’s event and for the Council’s broader work in supporting a coordinated approach for lifting New Zealand-India relations. I want to also ...
    1 week ago
  • Coalition Government unveils 100-day plan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has laid out the Coalition Government’s plan for its first 100 days from today. “The last few years have been incredibly tough for so many New Zealanders. People have put their trust in National, ACT and NZ First to steer them towards a better, more prosperous ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand welcomes European Parliament vote on the NZ-EU Free Trade Agreement
    A significant milestone in ratifying the NZ-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was reached last night, with 524 of the 705 member European Parliament voting in favour to approve the agreement. “I’m delighted to hear of the successful vote to approve the NZ-EU FTA in the European Parliament overnight. This is ...
    2 weeks ago

Page generated in The Standard by Wordpress at 2023-12-08T07:13:10+00:00