Victoria signed off on New Zealand travel deal, minister says

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Performing Immigration Minister Alan Tudge has hit again on the Victorian Authorities, saying it knew about preparations that noticed 17 New Zealanders attempt to enter Melbourne on Friday.

Mr Tudge says the Victorian Authorities have been “represented” by Victoria’s chief well being officer Brett Sutton at a gathering that mentioned what ought to occur if New Zealanders flew from Sydney or Darwin (as a part of the trans-Tasman bubble) to a different Australian state.

“We further understand from The Age newspaper today that the Premier’s own department had in fact given authorisation to individuals who had arrived from New Zealand to Sydney to then travel on to Victoria,” Mr Tudge informed reporters.

“So the Victorian Government was present when it was discussed, they were made aware that this was going to occur, they raised no objections in the meetings, and furthermore, expressly authorised individuals who were arriving into Sydney from New Zealand to be able to travel on into Victoria.”

Mr Tudge requested Premier Daniel Andrews to “reveal” the emails that “show, clearly and demonstrably, that they authorised the people to come into Victoria”, which might “completely clear this up”.

Yesterday, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews mentioned he was “very disappointed” 17 travellers from New Zealand have been capable of enter Victoria, regardless of the state not participating within the journey bubble that began on Friday.

The passengers, who flew into Sydney and didn’t must enter resort quarantine underneath the new trans-Tasman travel bubble arrangements.

Beneath the deal between the 2 nations, New Zealanders are permitted to journey quarantine-free into each NSW and the Northern Territory, underneath the proviso they’ve not been in a COVID-19 hotspot within the 14 days main as much as their journey.

However the 17 travellers have been stopped in Melbourne after attempting to enter the state on Friday.

Mr Andrews mentioned he had written a letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison over the incident.

He mentioned his workplace nonetheless was not capable of acquire journey playing cards from the Australian Border Drive as to “who these people are and where they have gone”.

“We are still waiting for Australian Border Force to provide us with the passenger cards for each of those 17 people,” he mentioned.

“We will be visiting each of those people and making sure that they are fully up to date, as it were, when it comes to the rules, the regulations, the structures that we have in Victoria.

“I can’t tell you whether they are New Zealand or Australian citizens. I know where they came from and how they got here. I don’t know how they got here in a policy sense.

“We’re disappointed this has happened given that I had written to the Prime Minister on this very issue the previous day, saying at some point we will join that New Zealand/Australia travel bubble, but it is not appropriate now.

“We don’t want anything at all to undermine the amazing job that Victorians have done and are doing. Some things have gone wrong here. We are very much at the end of that, not necessarily part of it. We made it clear that we didn’t want to be part – could not be part of the bubble arrangements at this point.”

Mr Andrews mentioned it was “not fair” when Victorians can’t freely transfer round their very own state to have folks arriving from one other nation, “without us knowing”.

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