Well being Minister ‘just a little confused’ by Victorian response to New Zealand arrivals

“And the truth that NSW has at all times been the gateway to the remainder of the world, and the gateway the remainder of Australia is strictly what Victoria did know. So, hopefully Victoria can kind out their points.”


An identical sentiment was expressed by federal appearing Immigration Minister Alan Tudge, who claimed to Ray Hadley on 2GB earlier within the morning that Victorian Chief Well being Officer Brett Sutton and his deputy have been each on two videoconference conferences the place the difficulty was mentioned final week.

Mr Tudge mentioned it might be a “actual Diedre Chambers coincidence” if Professor Sutton and his deputy, Professor Allen Cheng, have been each absent from the conferences on Monday and Tuesday when this precise circumstance was mentioned, referencing the 1994 movie, Muriel’s Wedding ceremony.

Talking at his personal press convention on Monday, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews reiterated that he had declined the choice to hitch the journey bubble. He mentioned his well being division’s web site had been up to date to replicate that accepting travellers was the “solely possibility we have now acquired”.

“I am not gonna be quarantining folks that got here from a low virus group, and we simply need to make one of the best of this,” he mentioned.

Mr Andrews mentioned he had spoken to Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan, whose state has equally experienced unexpected New Zealand arrivals.

“They’d completely no thought … folks may flip up or would flip up,” he mentioned.

The Victorian Premier mentioned it was “unreasonable” responsible the Victorian authorities for travellers turning up within the state after he explicitly instructed Prime Minister Scott Morrison they might not be part of the trans-Tasman bubble.


Mr Tudge mentioned inner borders have been a matter for state governments. He believed individuals who had tried to board a flight to Queensland, the place there’s a onerous border in place with NSW, would have been stopped on the airport.

“[New Zealand arrivals] go round to the home terminal they usually bounce on a flight as a result of the Victorian authorities has made no restrictions on journey from Sydney to Melbourne,” he mentioned.

Mr Tudge and Mr Hazzard each careworn that there can be no medical grounds to lock out Kiwis from Victoria.

“The dangers of an individual coming from New Zealand [are] decrease than an individual who has been in Sydney for just a few weeks,” Mr Tudge mentioned, including he had been instructed Victorian officers at Melbourne Airport made a willpower to not quarantine the abroad arrivals as a result of they didn’t imagine that they had a cause to take action.

“Their very own web site expressly says this, and for this reason I am perplexed as to why Daniel Andrews, the Victorian Premier, launched such an aggressive assault on us over the weekend.”

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