The new Australian Parliament sat this week with MPs resuming their political theatre show and inflated sense of importance. Outside of the political bubble inflation surges again as do rainbows and monkeypox. Join Tim Wilms and Stephen Berry tonight to review the past fortnight on Trad Tasman Talk.

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Both Australia and NZ are at the peak of their Omicron BA5 wave. NZ is now reclassifying covid deaths as those dying exclusively from covid which has seen the official death tally drop by a third. ABS data released today stated that of all covid-related deaths in Australia 86% of them covid was the main contributing factor over other comorbidities.

Australia’s CMO Paul Kelly has declared monkeypox a communicable disease incident of national significance. ATAGI has recommended those currently most at risk, 98% of cases in the western outbreak are men who have sex with men, are given access to the 3rd generation sterilizing smallpox vaccine JYNNEOS.

In the new Australian Federal Parliament Labor, the Greens, and the Teals were wearing masks but Coalition MPs were largely unmasked. Pauline Hanson walked out when new Senate President Sue Lines opened proceedings with the indigenous welcome to the country, this was to also protest Lines’ plans to fly the indigenous flag permanently in the Senate. The new Father of the House Bob Katter also took aim at Lines’ other idea to ditch the Lord’s prayer at the beginning of Senate proceedings.

NRL Team the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles lost against the Sydney Roosters 10-20 and likely won’t make the finals after they did not allow seven Pacific Islander players to take part because they refused to wear rainbow pride jerseys. In Melbourne, the Shrine of Remembrance will be lit up in Rainbow lights on Sunday to recognize LGBTQ defense force members.

The Tenants Action Wellington is protesting outside property management company Quinovic’s Kent Tce office on Thursday with a list of 10 absurd demands. These include landlords providing evidence they are addressing repairs one week after being notified by tenants, all rents being permanently lowered to 25 percent of the lowest benefit, a minimum tenancy of five years with tenants able to exit earlier, abolishing flat inspections, one year notice before selling or reoccupying the house, a ban on evictions during winter months and emergencies and pets being allowed in all flats.  

Austalia’s inflation rate was 6.1% in the past year, fruit and vegetables prices rose by 7.3%, inflation grew by 1.8% in the last quarter. Treasurer Jim Chalmers stated inflation is projected to peak in December at 7.75%. The RBA meets next Tuesday with interest rates to rise by between 50 and 75 bases points. The Biden Administration is trying to redefine recession after the second quarter of negative growth for the US. The NZ Government is spending $14 million on ensuring 160,000 New Zealanders eligible for a cost of living payment have their bank account details up to date.

In the aftermath of their police state lockdown enforcement Victoria Police has had to apologize to Avi Yemini for false arrest and detainments, they have dropped incitement charges against Monica Smit, Solihin Millin, and Jamal Aabazi. They have paid compensation paid to Age photographer Luis Ascui for pepper spraying him when he was covering an anti-lockdown protest. The NSW Government has forced children to work off lockdown fines which were disproportionately given to children from disadvantaged areas.

Covid-19 death reporting to change – ministry – 1 News
COVID-19 Mortality in Australia: Deaths registered until 30 June 2022 – ABS
TVNZ’s hiring processes ‘need to be enhanced’, Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson says – Newshub
The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan was the early epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic – Science
Chief Medical Officer’s statement declaring monkeypox a Communicable Disease Incident of National Significance
Pauline Hanson Defies “Welcome To Country” & Leaves Chamber – XYZ
Religious belief persecution continues as parli’ prayers ban proposed – Bob Kennedy
New data confirms inflation is high and rising – Jim Chamlers
Cost of living payment: Jacinda Ardern urges Kiwis to ensure IRD has bank details, David Seymour calls Govt ‘incompetent’ – Newshub
Pride jersey stirs nationwide debate in Australia – Rebel News
The Sin of Gambling? – Caldron Pool
Manly releases updated, less offensive pride round jersey – The Shovel
AM hosts slam renters group’s list of demands including drastic rent reductions, winter eviction ban – Newshub
Victoria Police APOLOGISE to Avi Yemini over ‘Unlawful Arrests’ – Rebel
Victoria Police DROP incitement charges against Monica Smit
Victoria Police FORCED TO PAY journalist pepper-sprayed by cops
Hundreds of NSW children paid off COVID-19 fines through ‘work orders’ – SMH
The Sydney suburbs where the most children received COVID-19 fines – SMH

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Tim Wilms is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, he is the Host of the WilmsFront live show, and co-host of The Brawler and the Brain and Trad Tasman Talk shows. He based in Melbourne, Australia where he also conducts field reports.
Tim Wilms is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, he is the Host of the WilmsFront live show, and co-host of The Brawler and the Brain and Trad Tasman Talk shows. He based in Melbourne, Australia where he also conducts field reports.