Twin global news cycle peaks have also infected the Tasman nations with a new scariant in Omicron’s son and more canceling of Russia. Tim and Dieuwe discuss on the return of Trad Tasman Talk.
After only three months as NZ Opposition Leader Chris Luxon has put the National Party in an election-winning lead in the polls. With her popularity waning Jacinda Ardern has announced the border reopening with Australia will be fast-tracked to early April. Vaccine passports are predicted to be scrapped with National also lobbying for all covid restrictions to go. Ardern has agreed to meet with farmers’ rights group Groundswell despite her government previously calling them racist and anti-vax.
Former National Party Leader Simon Bridges has announced he will be retiring from Parliament as the Member for Tauranga. Bridges has criticized the decision of Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta for delaying the return for the City of Tuauraga holding council elections until 2024. The city will continue to be run by a government-appointed commissioner.
Morrison’s own Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet embarrassed him with the release of their Women’s Network logo which looked like a cock and balls. Morrison’s Government has also been criticized for only granting disaster relief payments in the Northern NSW floods to those in LGAs in a National Party-held seat. NSW Liberal MLC Catherine Cusack resigned in protest over this decision.
In Victoria, another infectious disease Gonorrhoea has hit the outer suburbs of Melbourne. With the state election at the end of November, the Guardian launched its new Victorian news website with an interview with both Premier Dan Andrews and Opposition Leader Matthew Guy. Dan claimed that homeownership is not important to young people, he also announced this week a causal sick pay trial.
Other scandals Dan’s Government is facing is 12 Victorians who died while waiting for Triple Zero emergency assistance. There has also been the revelation over 1000 Victoria Police officers have been working since 2015 without proper authority due to a swearing-in bungle.
The South Australian state election is tomorrow with the Labor Opposition predicted to return to government after just one term in Opposition. This state election is unique in that Liberal Premier is a social progressive while Labor leader Peter Malinauskas is a social conservative. It is the last state election until the Federal election which will be held on a Saturday in May. The Labor Federal Opposition is also leading in the polls with leader Anthony Albanese also trying to position himself as a centrist.
National calls for phasing out of most Covid-19 restrictions – RNZ
National overtakes Labour in latest 1News Kantar Public Poll – 1News
Jacinda Ardern will meet Groundswell leaders after group called ‘racist, anti-vax’ – Stuff
Bridges retires – Kiwiblog
Mahuta cancels Tauranga elections – Kiwiblog
Government Apologises For Controversial Women’s Network Logo, Vows To Add Bulging Cock Veins – The Betoota Advocate
Disaster relief payments at last for flooded Northern NSW LGAs after MP Catherine Cusack quits in protest – ABC News
Gonorrhoea ‘epidemic’ hits city’s outer suburbs – SMH
Twelve Victorians die, including four children, after waiting for triple-zero to pick up – The Age
Government warned of triple-0 problems years before deaths – The Age
Victoria Police swearing in error will not allow criminals to walk free en masse – 9News