Auckland gets the Red Light as Melbourne gets the Green Light. A vaccine passport system has been announced for New Zealand as Australia starts to open up to the world. Join Tim Wilms and Dieuwe de Boer on Trad Tasman Talk
An earthquake interrupted Jacinda Ardern’s announcement of New Zealand’s Traffic Light Roadmap to live with covid when the nation reaches a 90% vaccination target. Auckland’s lockdown is now in its 10th week with cases in the country now exceeding more than 100 per day. Pastor Brian Tamaki was arrested for a second time for attending an anti-lockdown protest.
The cost of New Zealand’s strict pandemic response is now being felt with international supply disruptions and rising inflation. In Australia, the most significant price rise has been petrol hitting $1.80 per liter.
In Australia, most of the states and territories are now finally learning to live with covid. Melbourne and Victoria came out of lockdown today even though the state is recording nearly 2k new cases per day. Home visits are now permitted even between unvaccinated Victorians but many stupid rules like outdoor masks remain until the state reaches 80% double vaccinated.
NSW, Victoria, and the ACT will become one zone on November 1 with free domestic and international travel for those who are double vaccinated. Queensland and Tasmania will reopen to the states living with covid before Christmas. Western Australia will not open before Christmas with Premier Mark McGowan now pursuing a mandating the vaccine for essential workers, following Victoria and the Northern Territory. As Australia opens up after being a lock downed police state it must repair its international reputation. US Conservative commentator Candace Owens suggested that the US military invade and liberate Australia.
With these vaccine mandates and the increasing use of vaccine passports, the major supermarkets in Australia are now mandating the vaccines for their staff. After two supermarket stabbings in NZ this year one occurred in Melbourne this week which saw Woolworths remove all knives from their shelves. Dieuwe was written an article exploring if the vaccines as some Christians claim are the mark of the beast. He concludes that it’s not the vaccines themselves that are the issue but the government mandates which are satanic.
The Australian federal government has released draft legislation on establishing an Australian Digital identity program. It is feared this along with vaccine passports and QR check-ins is steering the nation further towards a Chinese Communist Party-style social credit society.
ICAC in NSW has begun its hearings into former Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s lobbying for a grant on behalf of her disgraced ex-boyfriend and former MP Daryl McGuire. The second week of IBAC hearings into Victorian Labor Party branch stacking has seen a local Labor Mayor resign.
Halloween is just over a week away with the scariest costume one can wear in the covid era is one that shows a human face not masked.
NZ Traffic Light COVID-19 Protection Framework
Statistics New Zealand says the Consumers Price Index rose 2.2% in September quarter – Interest
Violent protests are not working – AFIPN
Conservative host Candace Owens calls for US to invade Australia to free people from ‘tyranny’ – news.com.au
Rory McAuley charged with Brunswick shopping centre stabbing – news.com.au
Coles and Woolworths announce mandatory vax policy – Market Herald
Australian Digital Indenity
Is The Vaccine The Mark Of The Beast? – Right Minds NZ
Terrifying New Halloween Mask Depicts A Human Face Not Wearing A Mask – The Babylon Bee