With all the polls suggesting Scott Morrison will lose the election in 8 days, he promises a gearshift if he is reelected. Victoria is set to ban public display of the swastika while in NZ race politics returns again. Tim and Stephen discuss on this week’s Trad Tasman Talk.
In international news yesterday Kim Jong-un has locked down North Korea over a single mystery case, overnight he fired 3 ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan and today turned up at Scott Morrison’s press conference in Melbourne to express his support for Gladys Lui in the seat of Chisholm. The continued Shanghai lockdown is contributing to a shortage of medications and medical supplies here in Australia.
The New Zealand international border will fully reopen on July 31. Covid-19 Minister Chris Hipkins this week announced that a new voluntary vaccine pass system will be rolled out on June 1st along with a personal vaccine journal for residents to record all their vaccines in the one place. NZ is still at orange level restrictions which means masks are mandated in retail, hairdressers, and beauty salons.
Scott Morrison has promised he will switch gears if re-elected and won’t be a ‘bulldozer’. The Channel 7 leaders’ debate on Wednesday was tamer than Channel 9’s on Sunday night. The ‘undecided’ voters 7 invited into pubs in marginal seats voted that Albo won the debate. The Teal Climate 200 independents could claim a major Liberal scalp in Kooyong held by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. Marginal Liberal MP Fiona Martin mistook her Labor opponent Sally Sitou for another Asian Labor member Tu Le.
Victoria’s hospital system is in crisis with clogged EDs and ambulance ramping as people differed care during lockdown which also made Victorians live more unhealthy and so are now sicker. The state Health Minister Martin Foley has blamed the Federal Government for not providing enough health funding even though the states run all the hospitals.
Victoria will ban the public display of Nazi swastika through the passage of a bipartisan bill. The maximum penalty will be 12 months in prison and/or a $22k fine. It will take effect one year from when it is passed by the Parliament. Two Nazis were arrested for stickering this past day. Victoria Police showcased their new CIRT secret training facility, CIRT officers were deployed during anti-lockdown protests.
The Maori Party has called ACT Leader David Seymour “worse than Don Brash because he has Maori whakapapa” over his alternative budget, which abolishes multiple demographic Ministries. Maori Party President Che Wilson says Maori Party will not stand in June’s Tauranga by-election because racism and hate speech in Tauranga made it not safe for Te Pāti Māori to campaign there. Greens MP Ricardo Menendez-March claims that moving away from low-skilled migrant labor equals a White New Zealand policy.
In sports news, it has been revealed that Australian Basketballer Liz Cambridge didn’t participate in the Tokyo Olympics because during a practice game with Nigeria told them to ‘go back to your third world country’. Former Collingwood player Heritier Lumumba has leaked private conversations with former Coach Nathan Buckley when he was falling out with the club over alleged racism and homophobia he claims he saw.