The final week of the Australian parliament saw multiple battlefronts erupt in the gender wars. NZ is looking at abolishing gender altogether along with puffs of smoke. Join Tim Wilms and Dieuwe de Boer on his final Trad Tasman Talk for the year.
The Australian National Reopening Plan is still on track two weeks after the Omicron variant was discovered. Queensland, Tasmania, the NT will all open before Christmas. The TGA and ATAGI have approved Moderna as a booster vaccine and approved Pfizer for 5-11-year-olds to be rollout in January. Delta cases in NZ have dropped after the nation moved to the traffic light system, Jacinda lost her mask in Parliament so put on the used mask of her Deputy Grant Robertson while he was speaking.
Following on from nanny state covid response Jacinda’s Government now plans to ban any New Zealanders of the future from ever smoking cigarettes beginning with those who will turn 18 in 2025. Laws that would allow kiwis to self-select their gender and remove mother and father from birth certificates have passed the NZ parliament Leaked documents have shown that Ardern and her Cabinet ignored health advice to place most of NZ at Green.
Health authorities in both Tasman nations have cracked down on doctors proving people with covid vaccine exemptions. Patrick Gower did an expose on an NZ doctor giving out exemptions for $80 chasing her down the street.
The final week of Australia’s parliament saw feminist grievances take center stage. The Federal sex discrimination commissioner Kate Jenkins released the Set the Standard report which like the recent ABS data used loose definitions of sexual harassment to inflate the incidences of women experiencing it in their lifetimes to one in two. In the Senate, Liberal David Van was accused by Greens Sarah Hanson Young of growling at Jacqui Lambie. Green Lidia Thrope said to Liberal Hollie Hughes ‘at least I kept my legs shut’ which Hughes interpreted as a slur against her autistic son.
The cases of individual cruelty of Australian states covid zero policies have been back in the spotlight this week. The Melbourne-based parents of a Perth rugby player who committed suicide were denied a travel exemption to bring home their son’s body. A Perth-based marketer has satirized the cult of WA Premier Mark McGowan released a fruit loop-based cereal called State Daddy-Os. Queensland has made it legal for supermarkets to deny access to the unvaccinated who will also be denied a transplant at the state’s hospitals.
The Victorian Ombudsman released a report labeling the state’s border permit exemption process borderline inhumane. Premier Dan Andrews before leaving for his summer holiday has signed off on declaring a pandemic for when his new permanent pandemic powers come into effect and his state Labor Party engages in a preselection purge of his factional enemies. A woman in Melbourne’s west tried to set herself on fire over the state’s covid mandates and restrictions. The state’s lockdowns have seen the budget deficit blow out to $19.5 billion. The state government also announced a gender diversity mandate for the state’s construction industry who work on government projects.
In sports news, Australia has joined other western nations in participating in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games. The Communist Chinese Foreign Ministry has had a triggered response vowing ‘they will pay’. In media, news sacked Sky News Australia host Alan Jones is relaunching his weeknight show via streaming on social media direct to the people. In economic news inflation continues to see NZ house prices rise, supply chain issues could see Australia run short of beer and truck fuel very soon
Saint Jacinda’s war on fags – The Spectator
Birth Certificates – Biology or Ideology? Family First NZ
No Jab No Eat – XYZ
Implementing Victoria’s New Pandemic Framework – Victorian Premier
Investigation into decision-making under the Victorian Border Crossing Permit Directions – Vic Ombudsman
Heartbreak for grieving mother at WA’s closed border – 6PR
State Daddy O’s: Premier Mark McGowan responds to new cereal range – Perth Now
Alan Jones signs with Australian Digital Holdings and announces new program – Media Week
‘They will pay’: China threatens Australia over Olympics boycott – Fox Sports