Peter Dunne: Government bowing to pressure from Australia on travel bubble

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Publish Date
Sun, 21 Mar 2021, 5:00PM
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Peter Dunne: Government bowing to pressure from Australia on travel bubble

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 21 Mar 2021, 5:00PM

Pressure from Australia is likely to be behind the move from our Government to make a move on the trans-Tasman bubble. 

Anticipation is building ahead of Cabinet's discussion around a two-way trans-Tasman travel bubble with Australia.

Ministers are expected to meet tomorrow to talk about a potential start date, and it is understood it could be put in place between mid to late April.

Public pressure over the last week has been seen by some as being a factor in pushing the Government towards this move. 

Former Minister and United Future leader Peter Dunne agrees that will be a factor, but he told The Weekend Collective that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's comments criticising the Government's slowness, and reports about the country looking for a Singapore bubble instead, will have a bigger factor. 

"I think Australia to some extent has forced New Zealand to come to the party sooner than we might have expected."

He says Australia has very effective Covid-19 controls, and given there is "clear air" there is no reason why we shouldn't go ahead. 

Dunne expects families will benefit from the bubble at first - but the idea of travelling internationally might draw people overseas instead of going around New Zealand. 

"That might be something our industry will find a little hard to take."

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