The Friday the 13th edition of Trad Tasman Talk is a spooky one to say the least. Australia has just banned non-essential mass gatherings due to the coronavirus outbreak. New Zealand is also set to mark one year since the Christchurch massacre. Tim and Dieuwe report on very different environments in each Tasman nation.
Toilet paper factories have been working long hours in both nations as panic buying spreads. In New Zealand, its Reserve Bank has announced it is not taking any economic measures until March 25th at the earliest. In Australia, a massive stimulus package has been announced as sports events are canceled and large non-essential gatherings are to be banned from Monday.
The first anniversary of the Christchurch mosque shootings are set to be remembered, but had at the time of the show airing not yet been canceled due to coronavirus fears. [UPDATE: All commemoration events have now been canceled or downscaled.]
The lead-up to this event has led to a flurry of “antifa” activity, including various exposes on Action Zealandia, a small white nationalist group who has seen several of its members arrested: one on military espionage charges, another on refusing to comply with a police search, and a third for leaking a classified police memo to banks.
New Zealand’s descent into clown world continued, with Vinny Eastwood, an alt-media journalist, receiving a 6th police visit this week, although they refused to tell him why. A day later, armed police responded to reports of gunshots and screaming, only to find a teen playing Fortnite.
Coronavirus is likely to get much worse and consume the news cycle for weeks, if not months to come as both nations react to global and local events to ensure that hospitals are not overwhelmed and economies do not collapse.
Coronavirus stimulus package: Who gets a share in $17.6b and how to get it – 7News
Coronavirus in Australia: Peter Dutton tests positive, Scott Morrison urges public events, overseas travel be cancelled – news.com.ah
Action Zealandia member arrested for threat – Newsroom
Armed police respond to gunshot reports – only to find teen playing Fortnite – Stuff