It doesn't really matter what Australia does, as long as New Zealand remains buttoned up. On my OZ/NZ cruise, I found NZ to be the more interesting country. Most of the itineraries include both countries. With the cost and length of flights from the US to Oceania, very few people are going to fly there just to see half the cruise.
Here in NZ we are bemused as to why some people, and media, find that the policies and leadership of such a small but successful country so threatening.
Given covid, we are in extraordinarily good health, economically, government debt a near world leading low of about 35% of GDP. Unemployment fallen to 3.4%.
And healthwise, life expectancy during the pandemic actually went up, compared to the US where it declined 2 years from an already far from world leading amount.https://www.bmj.com/content/375/bmj-2021-066768
We have achieved a lot in addressing past injustices to our more marginalised people, and are continuing good progress here
Our international border will probably reopen after our next holiday season Q2 next year.
Opening earlier is increased risk for very little economic gain given that the local holiday accomodation is most likely to be stretched just to satisfy pent up local demand.
Is it just we have a very able progressive young female leader who continues our fiercely independent foreign policies that old middle aged conservatives find so threatening? Her very success constitutes a threat.