Melbourne has been rocked by protests and earthquakes, while Auckland is placated in its extended lockdown with McDonald’s and KFC take out. Join Tim Wilms and Dieuwe de Boer on this week’s Trad Tasman Talk live tonight at 6pm Melbourne time and 8pm Auckland time on YouTube and Odysee.
After five weeks of trying to flatten the Delta curve, Jacinda Ardern has moved Auckland from level 4 to level 3 lockdown. The only real difference is that Auckland residents no longer need to smuggle KFC and McDonalds back into the city and other “non-essential” purchases can be made. Melbourne is in week eight of lockdown six and set to overtake the Argentine capital Buenos Aries as the world’s most lock downed city after 245 days.
The rampaging constriction worker protests that took place in Melbourne in response to the vaccine mandate for the industry fizzled out on Thursday and Friday. Victoria Police deployed the riot squad, the special operations group to take back the city in which numerous examples of police brutality were captured on camera.
The Federal Australian Labor Opposition has cooled its support for the AUKUS nuclear submarine deal as former Labor Prime Ministers Paul Keating and Kevin Rudd came out to say they don’t believe China is a military and geopolitical threat to Australia. Prime Minister Scott Morrison is in Washington this week for the Quad Leaders meeting which includes the US, Japan, and India. New Zealand is not part of either grouping because of its “independent foreign policy”.
Overnight the Morrison Government pledged its support for net-zero emissions by 2050 with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg stating the reason for the sudden policy commitment was future sanctions by international capital markets. Even Nationals Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has stated his party will support it. Despite planes leaving a huge carbon footprint and international travel restricted for residents NZ Greens leader Jamie Shaw along with 14 advisers are traveling to Glasgow for the November Climate summit.
Cops bust men smuggling KFC chicken into city on strict lockdown – CNet
Calls for inquiry into Victoria’s far right, with fears fringe groups ‘are getting stronger’ – ABC News
Melbourne to overtake Buenos Aires as world’s most locked-down city on October 4 – Herald Sun
Police deploy counter-terror squad on construction workers in Melbourne – Rebel News Australia
Keating attacks Labor over China relations – Yahoo
Adopt net zero or pay a price, says Frydenberg – AFR
Shaw hasn’t secured MIQ spot for UK climate conference, only 1 of 14-person entourage has – MSN