Daniel Andrews slams New Zealand travel bubble disaster

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has unleashed after 65 travellers from New Zealand descended on the state, despite it opting out of the New Zealand travel bubble.

Mr Andrews said his state had now effectively been forced into accepting the arrangement.

“I can confirm that there are 65 people that have travelled from New Zealand and ultimately arrived in Victoria. 55 of those have been door knocked and we have just taken them through all the different rules that are in place just to update them, make sure that they know what is going on,” Mr Andrews said.

“About 55 of those we have been able to find and speak to, so there is still 10, that may not be 10 addresses, it may be less than that, but 55 of those people have been door knocked. There’s still a few more to do today which we will do. There are 17 flights into Melbourne today that could possibly have New Zealand passengers that have arrived via Sydney.

“We are not particularly pleased that we were asked the question, do you want to be in a bubble, and it turns out that even though we said no, we are, but that is the fact of the matter, that is what we faced.”

Mr Andrews said 25 New Zealanders also snuck into Western Australia while a “small number” also arrived in Tasmania.

“We have updated our advice, our website made no mention of this prior to about 8:30pm last night, it now does and we will provide the best health advice because despite the fact that we didn’t want to be in the bubble, it seems like the bubble applies to every part of our country, not just those that said yes,” he said.

Mr Andrews took aim at the federal government over the bubble confusion.

“Ultimately, we are in the bubble, whether we like it or not…We can’t stop these people coming here, unless of course the prime minister and (Alan) Tudge and whoever else has been wheeled out to apparently blame me for what happens at Sydney Airport, Perth Airport, Hobart airport, you know, come on – stopping the Federal Government is in charge of the borders.

“They (the federal government) are in charge of the borders and the bubble and the bubble was supposed to be… we are in this discussion because the Commonwealth government stubbornly refused to accept that this is not what was signed up to.

“We all accept it now because that is what is happening, and short of closing the border which I don’t think would be a good thing to do and it is not something that the Prime Minister would support, and Alan Tudge can say whatever he likes.”

Mr Andrews’ spray comes as the state recorded four new coronavirus cases in the state overnight and one death, with the state’s 14-day rolling average now 7.2 in metro Melbourne and 0.5 in regional Victoria.

A slew of rules have also been relaxed from 11.59pm last night, when the Victorian capital ditched its controversial time limits on exercise.

The hated 5km rule has also been replaced with a new 25km zone, and tennis clubs, outdoor pools, hairdressers and the real estate industry are set to open up again.

In regional Victoria, two people, plus dependants, are now able to visit other people’s homes today, with hospitality businesses now able to boost capacity to 70 patrons outside and 40 inside.

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NSW residents will gain even greater freedoms as extra coronavirus restrictions ease on Friday.

From October 23, the limit on outdoor public gatherings will rise from 20 people to 30.

Restaurants and other venues will also be able to accept bookings for up to 30 people per table, up from 10.

And from December 1, 300 guests will be permitted to attend weddings the limits on weddings subject to distancing requirements.

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has unleashed after 65 travellers from New Zealand descended on the state, despite it opting out of the New Zealand travel bubble.

“I can confirm that there are 65 people that have travelled from New Zealand and ultimately arrived in Victoria. 55 of those have been door knocked and we have just taken them through all the different rules that are in place just to update them, make sure that they know what is going on,” Mr Andrews said.

“About 55 of those we have been able to find and speak to, so there is still 10, that may not be 10 addresses, it may be less than that, but 55 of those people have been door knocked. There’s still a few more to do today which we will do. There are 17 flights into Melbourne today that could possibly have New Zealand passengers that have arrived via Sydney.

“We are not particularly pleased that we were asked the question, do you want to be in a bubble, and it turns out that even though we said no, we are, but that is the fact of the matter, that is what we faced.”

Mr Andrews said 25 New Zealanders also snuck into Western Australia while a “small number” also arrived in Tasmania.

“We have updated our advice, our website made no mention of this prior to about 8:30pm last night, it now does and we will provide the best health advice because despite the fact that we didn’t want to be in the bubble, it seems like the bubble applies to every part of our country, not just those that said yes,” he said.

Mr Andrews took aim at the federal government over the bubble confusion.

“Ultimately, we are in the bubble, whether we like it or not…We can’t stop these people coming here, unless of course the prime minister and (Alan) Tudge and whoever else has been wheeled out to apparently blame me for what happens at Sydney Airport, Perth Airport, Hobart airport, you know, come on – stopping the Federal Government is in charge of the borders.

“They (the federal government) are in charge of the borders and the bubble and the bubble was supposed to be… we are in this discussion because the Commonwealth government stubbornly refused to accept that this is not what was signed up to.

“We all accept it now because that is what is happening, and short of closing the border which I don’t think would be a good thing to do and it is not something that the Prime Minister would support, and Alan Tudge can say whatever he likes.”


Alexis Carey

There have been zero new locally transmitted coronavirus cases in NSW overnight.

There have been four new overseas-acquired cases.

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Victoria Police have intercepted five people in a vehicle in the Yarra Ranges who admitted they had been watching the football at a friend’s address.

All five were from different households and were 5km away from their home address, and each received a fine, along with four people who had gathered at a house in Melbourne to celebrate a birthday.

In the last 24 hours, officers have issued a total of 125 fines to individuals for breaching the Chief Health Officer directions, including 13 for failing to wear a face covering when leaving home for one of the four approved reasons and eight at vehicle checkpoints.

Police have checked 14,819 vehicles at the vehicle checkpoints and conducted 1,110 spot checks on people at homes, businesses and public places across the state.


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NSW Police have issued 20 Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) following a number of alleged coronavirus breaches over the weekend.

Officers from Richmond Police District were working at a Ballina sports ground on Saturday when they grew concerned about increasing crowd numbers.

Cops noticed people weren’t being counted as they entered the ground and after it was estimated that more than 1000 were in attendance, event organisers were directed to reduce the crowd size.

Play was suspended for a short time while the crowd was reduced by half and club officials were slapped with a $5000 PIN for failing to adhere to venue operation laws.

In another example, a 26-year-old man was stopped at the Tocumwal border checkpoint as he attempted to return to Queensland without a permit allowing him to travel through NSW. He was refused entry and given information on how to apply for a permit – before being caught trying to cross the border again the following day, and slapped with a $1000 fine.

Officers from Lake Macquarie Police District were also called to a home on on Saturday night following reports of a large party, and found more than 100 young people gathered.

As police attempted to disperse the crowd, they became hostile and threw bottles, rocks, and other projectiles before damaging property, including fences, trees and street signs.

The crowd was eventually dispersed and investigations into the incident are continuing, while officers issued a 47-year-old woman at the property with a $1000 PIN.

Another large party – this time in Bondi – also ended in $1000 fines to guests after police found more than 35 people inside.

The group scattered and attempted to run from the area after police arrives and in total, 17 people were spoken to, some of whom were found hiding in a stairwell.


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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is due to give his daily coronavirus update at 11am this morning.

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein is also set to announce whether NSW residents will be permitted to enter the state.

From October 26, residents from Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and the ACT will be able to visit without quarantining.


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Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant has shared her own tried and tested tricks for dealing with stress during the pandemic on Twitter.

Dr Chant said for her, it all came down to “tea, tea and more tea”.

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Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services has spoken to all 55 travellers who recently arrived in Victoria from New Zealand.

In a statement released on Sunday evening, the DHHS confirmed the travellers – some in family groups and most staying in private homes – were provided with information about COVID-19 and the current Victorian health directions.    

According to the statement, three of the travellers did not cross the border into Victoria and remain in NSW, and one who was in Victoria returned to NSW today.   

Twenty-one of the 55 travellers arrived at Melbourne Airport on Friday and Saturday. The remainder arrived using other modes of transport.  

DHHS Authorised Officers continue to meet incoming flights at Melbourne Airport and provide information to arriving passengers.


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Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young has confirmed Queensland has recorded no new COVID-19 cases overnight.

Speaking on ABC News Breakfast this morning, Dr Young also urged residents to come forward for testing.

“It’s a concern that we could have a case of COVID-19 in the community that we don’t know about and that person can affect other people,” she said.

“If you’re unwell, go get tested.”


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Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley has told 3AW a child in the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne’s oncology ward has tested positive to coronavirus.

He said authorities were not sure how the child contracted the virus.

“It doesn’t appear to have come from the family, nor does it appear to have come from the rest of the unit,” Mr Foley said.

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