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State-federal tensions rise over Trans-Tasman travel bubble

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A war of words has erupted between the states and federal government over the Trans-Tasman travel bubble.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan claim they have been kept in the dark by federal authorities about the implications of opening a one-way travel bubble with New Zealand.

Mr Andrews lashed out at the Morrison government after 55 people travelled from New Zealand to New South Wales and then made the onward journey to Melbourne.

"We get asked do you want to be in the New Zealand bubble and we say no and now we find we are . I've got a bit on at the moment but apparently I should add to what I do and monitor every single person at Sydney airport," he said.

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Immigration Minister Alan Tudge has pushed back in the wake of Mr Andrews' outburst, pointing out the COVID threat posed by New Zealand residents is extremely low.

He also claimed the Andrews government "expressly authorised individuals who were arriving into Sydney from New Zealand to be able to travel into Victoria".

The Western Australian Premier has made a similar complaint after 25 people who arrived in Sydney from New Zealand also made the onward journey to Perth.

19. lokakuuta 2020 0:17:42 Categories: Sky News Australia

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