Australia’s new Labor government counters China’s blitz of the Pacific, and Jacinda Ardern touts gun control in America while South Auckland neighbourhoods get shot up daily. Join Tim Wilms and Dieuwe de Boer live tonight at 7pm Melbourne time and 9pm Auckland time on Trad Tasman Talk.
It’s LGBT Pride Month which could be a monkeypox superspreader event. Dieuwe provides his review of Matt Walsh’s Daily Wire documentary ‘What is a Woman?’ about transgenderism. The NZ Government has announced $4.7m to go to intersex and transgender services. Australian corporations ANZ and Coles have announced ‘gender affirmation’ leave for transgender staff members.
After securing a majority in the House of Representatives the full Albanese Ministry was sworn in last week with Clare O’Neil becoming the new Home Affairs Minister though Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus will be in charge of the Federal Police. There is also an Assistant Minister for the Republic which is Labor policy. New Opposition Leader and Nationals Leader David Litteproud announced their shadow frontbench. on Sunday.
Both leaders now give press conferences with the Australia, Aboriginal, and Torres Strait Islander flags behind them. Labor has pledged to hold a referendum on enshrining a First Nations Voice to the parliament in the Constitution, the details of which haven’t been worked out.
Anthony Albanese is in Indonesia this week and went bike riding with President Joko Widodo. Foreign Minister Penny Wong has had a victory in the Pacific signing an 8-year development partnership with Samoa and 10 Pacific nations rejected a proposed trade and security pact with Communist China. A Chinese military aircraft flew dangerously close to a RAAF conducting a freedom of navigation exercise in the South China Sea. This is despite China proposing a reset of relations with Australia.
NZ’s Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta is missing in action in the Pacific region seemingly too busy figuring out how to enrich her own family through the Three Waters reform program.
On her US trip, Jacinda Ardern spoke of her successful gun control policies in the wake of the Uvalde, Texas school shooting. But back in Auckland, the gangs are engaged in regular shootouts with 5 gang-related shootings occurring on the weekend. Sydney is experiencing a gangland war with 13 underworld figures slain over the past 18 months. The Australian Federal Police today announced they were targeting Italian mafia clans as part of Operation Ironside.
The Reserve Bank of Australia raised the official interest rate from 0.35% to 0.85% to counter rising inflation. Due to the floods in Queensland, the price of iceberg lettuces is now as high as $12. KFC announced they would be putting cabbage in their burgers to cut costs. Treasurer Dr Jim Chalmers has warned of a perfect storm will see an expensive winter mainly due to a man-made gas shortage in Australia.
Rebel News Australia Reporter Avi Yemini has had his most significant legal victory in all the lawsuits he’s launched with the Federal Court ordering Twitter to reveal the details behind the PRGuy17 account. The PR Guy appeared on Twitter in March 2020 and has been sycophantic in its defence of all of Dan Andrews’ pandemic polices and lockdowns.