A Victorian hospital and AFL club stand accused of being culturally unsafe for Indigenous people. New bullying allegations surface in the Labour Party as National exonerates Ufindell. Foreign Minister Mahuta faces an investigation into alleged nepotism. We’ll also discuss the latest developments in the New Zealand local and Victorian state elections. Join Tim Wilms and Dieuwe de Boer on Trad Tasman Talk.
During Australia’s day of mourning for the Queen anti-Australian protesters in major cities burnt the Australian flag and Victorian Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe dipped her hands in fake blood.
A Coronial inquest has confirmed that it was the Pfizer vaccine that caused the myocarditis death of NZ plumber Rory Nairn. Former Australian Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth has said further covid vaccine mandates could lead to more heart inflammation.
On the final sitting day of the Victorian Parliament before the state election campaign the Dan Andrews Labor Government dumped 52 reports. Health Minister Mary Anne Thomas has pledged to release an independent covid restrictions review before the election campaign after initially stating it wouldn’t be released until after the election.
Dan’s renaming of an upgraded Maroondah Hospital to Queen Elizabeth II Hospital has made the hospital culturally unsafe for Aboriginal patients by activists. It is worth noting Dan promised to upgrade the same hospital in 2018 so he is recycling unfulfilled election pledges. Seven pediatric deaths have occurred in Victorian emergency departments since April.
Dan is proposing new fines for bushwalking off government sanctioned tracks and swimming in lakes and rock climbing without a permit.
Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Government attempted to get rid of its bullying allegations by expelling the accuser Gurav Sharma MP. Now another Labour MP Anna Lorck has been accused of bullying. New National MP Sam Ufindell has been exonerated of adult bullying allegations by a secret report and has returned to caucus.
There is finally an investigation into Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta’s nepotism as she has been awarding various government contracts to family members.
Australian Treasurer Jim Chalmers has announced the forecast budget deficit will be $50 billion less because of a new commodity boom and less welfare paid post covid lockdowns. Interest rate rises in the UK and US have again prompted fears of a pending global recession.
The AFL Grand Final is back at MCG with Geelong vs Sydney. The lead up has been marred by a Hawthorn racism report where an Indigenous player alleged two coaches told him to get his girlfriend to have an abortion. The club initiated the report because of a joke that Club President Jeff Kennett made to the wife of Indigenous player Cyril Riolo about her ripped jeans. This season the AFL’s wokeness has continued to blow up its face.
Covid Zero continues to have deadly consequences in China with a quarantine bus crash killing 27. A tower caught fire in the locked-down city of Changsha. Despite its strict quarantine monkeypox has arrived in China along with new health advice for locals not to touch foreigners.
Indigenous protests erupt on Queen’s day of mourning – Rebel News
Covid-19 vaccine ruled as cause of heart condition that killed Dunedin plumber Rory Nairn – NZ Herald
‘We won’t be silenced’: Indigenous criticism of hospital name change grows as premier doubles down – The Age
Dan slammed for ‘nanny state’ rules in Victorian parks – news.com.au
Senior paediatricians call for probe over seven allegedly preventable child deaths in Victoria – Sky News Australia
Christopher Luxon continuing to refuse release of Sam Uffindell report – Newshub
Out but not down – expelled MP continues to menace Labour – RNZ
Bullying allegations: Labour MP Lorck says she’s working on it – RNZ
Probe launched into processes around awarding of contracts to Nanaia Mahuta’s family members – NZ Herald
Why Chalmers tried not to look happy about a $50b budget improvement – AFR
FAKE NEWS ALERT! Hawthorn’s “Racism Bombshell” Isn’t Racism At All – TU
Why Hawks legend Cyril Rioli has stayed away – The Age
China’s Deadly Quarantine Bus Crash Stokes Covid Zero Anger – Bloomberg
Don’t touch foreigners to reduce monkeypox risk, China health official says – Reuters