aerokiwi wrote:NZ6 wrote:https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/covid-19-coronavirus-queensland-refuse-to-join-transtasman-travel-bubble/6UUSY4FB57T4SI5Y2UQE7OXTBQ/
Australia has moved on. I said this a few weeks ago, they've now opened to domestic markets and very close to some Asia bubbles.
I think we can rule this out until vaccine plays a part in the 2nd quarter of calendar year 2021.
Huh? The Queensland premier has something like zero say on international borders and she is no friend to the federal government. I'm not even sure she's allowed to impose restrictions on flights arriving into Brisbane or Coolangatta, though perhaps there is some scope there.
Regardless, she's also just announced the opening of her own little kingdom to Victoria and NSW, meaning that the existing one way bubble allowing Kiwis into Australia quarantine free now envelops Queensland, or will do from 1 December. Even if she resists QLD airports opening up somehow, Kiwis will be well within their rights to transfer via MEL or SYD.
As per with that particular premier, it's inconsistent and lacks a sturdy logic. But it wouldn't surprise me if New Zealand does resist a border until a vaccine, given the government's ineptitude and painfully slow "effort" to date. I mean, aside from an occasional response to a media enquiry, are they even trying?
Qantas has exerted considerable pressure here to do away with internal borders quickly when it's safe by most reasonable measures. I wonder if Air NZ is going the same or if, as majority government owned and beholden to them for cash, they're keeping mum. Probably. Wonderful.
I'll think you'll find she can lock out Kiwis, I mean she locked out the rest of Australia so I can't see why she couldn't lock out foreign nationals. She may not be locking them out of "Australia" per say as that'll be a federal level decision, but she could prevent them entering Queensland as she has previously done.
It would be as simple as; if you've not been in NSW, ACT, NT, SA, WA for the last 14 days you cannot enter QLD. So if Kiwis want to go to NSW visit family for a fortnight then head on up, the welcome mat will be rolled out. That'll be the equivalent of self isolation.
Enforcing it on the ground could be a challenge, I mean is she going to continue with secure land borders just for some stray Kiwis? Or will it be deterred by hefty fines, arrest and no air links.
That aside, I didn't put much logical thought into it. The point of my post was highlighting what appears to be a changing view in Australia, by some parties at least. It wasn't too long ago Australia were crying out for Kiwi visitors now, well. I think it's clear to some we're not that serious or we're too scared so they're better off using their own home market and explore some safe places in Asia.
NZ I know are in a "Be ready" state but are predicting a 2nd quarter 2021 for any services at best.