Both Tasman nations are engaged in a numbers game but of different kinds. Australia is watching the daily new coronavirus case numbers, particularly in lockdowned Melbourne. In New Zealand they are counting down the days until the September election and crunching the electoral math. Dieuwe de Boer and Tim Wilms all this on the weekly Trad Tasman Talk.
Greater Melbourne is halfway through its second lockdown and one week into its new face-covering mandates. Up to this point, Premier Dan Andrews and the mainstream media have blamed anti-maskers and covidiots and a complacent public for Victoria’s second coronavirus wave. But it now becoming clear that its been quarantine breaches, lax PPE standards in age care, outbreaks in essential workplaces and various government failures that have spread the virus and led to deaths.
A Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney on Tuesday flopped after the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal deemed the gathering unlawful on public health grounds as the NSW Government fears a second coronavirus wave. The longtime Marxist activist organiser of the rally Paddy Gibson was arrested fined $1k by NSW Police with less than 20 people showing up.
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As Victoria’s Coronavirus curve remains in mid-hundreds Melbournians have been ordered to cover up their faces with a new mask mandate being enforced. Across the Tasman, New Zealand MPs would be better covering up downstairs given the week of sex scandals. Dieuwe de Boer and Tim Wilms discuss this latest news on Trad Tasman Talk.