New Zealand has begun its living with covid red-light tyranny system complete with road checkpoints and even scanning vaxx passports at home. In Australia, the early federal election has begun but with the federation still fractured. Tim and Stephen catch up on this special midweek edition of Trad Tasman Talk.
Jacinda Ardern has now moved New Zealand from the lockdown alert level system to the Covid Protection Framework traffic light system. Auckland where most of the new daily cases emerge is red where according to Justice Minister Andrew Little you must vaxx scan pass visitors into your private home or risk being fined. According to Jacinda visitors to your home are allowed to use your toilet, Jacinda has vowed she will not rest until more are vaccinated and boosted.
Because the Northland region which has a significant Maori population is below 90% vaxxed roadblocks have been set up to block vaccinated Aucklanders coming up to protect those who chose not to protect themselves. Covid-19 Minister Chris Hipkins has said that government has the alert level lockdown system as a backup if a new variant arrives in New Zealand.
Although some state governments, namely South Australia got the jitters after the emergence of the omicron variant all states apart from Western Australia are proceeding with border reopenings and the further relaxation of restrictions. Mark McGowan has blamed US white supremacists for spreading vaccine hesitancy in remote Aboriginal communities as he believes they are doing this because they want Aboriginal people to die of covid.
Labor politicians and their mainstream and social media cheerleaders continue to be triggered by extreme freedom-loving politicians speaking out: George Christensen appeared on Alex Jones’ InfoWars program and Alex Antic appeared on Steve Bannon’s Pandemic War Room. These same people were also triggered by Andrew Laming staffer Barclay McGain dressing up as Kyle Rittenhouse for Halloween.
The breakdown of polling for the upcoming Australian federal and Victorian state elections shows that there is growing support for pro-freedom minor parties and independents. The Morrison Government continues to push for former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to run for the Federal seat of Warringah as despite the 107 day Sydney lockdown and ICAC hearings she is still considered a rockstar politician.
Road Block Law a Recipe for Disaster – The BFD
Northland’s iwi-led checkpoints prompts racism row after David Seymour calls those manning borders ‘thugs’ – Newshub
Alert levels a Plan B if new variant hits – Hipkins – Otago Daily TimesWA Premier Mark McGowan says US white supremacists are targeting remote communities – ABC News
Man charged after allegedly assaulting daughter of Victorian MP Andy Meddick on Melbourne street – 9News
Sending out an S.O.S. – Nation First by George Christensen
America Can Learn A Lot Of Lessons From What’s Happening In Australia – Bannon’s War Room
Andrew Laming staffer dresses as Kyle Rittenhouse for delayed Halloween party – The Guardian
‘Two weeks ago, it was no. Now, the door is ajar’: Berejiklian considers run in Warringah – The Age
ALP (55.5%) increases lead over the L-NP (44.5%) to the largest since the last election as Government splinters on ‘vaccine mandates’ – Roy Morgan