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Australia Border bubble chaos as Kiwi travellers visit other Australian states

09:55  20 october  2020
09:55  20 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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But in the week since Kiwis were invited to start crossing the ditch, four other states have reported discovering returned overseas travellers trying to cross their borders without their knowledge. 

South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and now Queensland all raised concerns after New Zealanders arrived at their borders expecting access into the states.

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On Tuesday, South Australia joined the bubble 'effective immediately' after 12 people from New Zealand arrived in the state in the last three days alone.

Those people were placed into mandatory hotel quarantine but have since been released. 

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Queensland has taken a different approach to the two travellers who tried to slip past the state's rigid borders on Sunday and Monday. 

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said the pair flew from Sydney and have been placed in mandatory hotel isolation.

'There are currently two people in hotel quarantine in Queensland who travelled from New Zealand under the arrangements made by the Morrison government,' he told reporters on Tuesday.

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Mr Miles said there had been 'no further consideration' about the Sunshine State joining the travel bubble with New Zealand.

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Meanwhile Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews was criticised for his outrage when he learned 65 people caught connecting flights from Sydney to Melbourne.

Mr Andrews said his concern is not necessarily that these people will bring coronavirus into Victoria, but that the government wasn't made aware of their arrival. 

Given Victoria never closed its border to domestic travellers, Mr Andrews has no grounds to prevent travellers from arriving in his state.  

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan said on Sunday that 25 newly-arrived Kiwis, including a child, had flown into Perth overnight.

This number was revised down to 23 on Sunday evening by WA Police, and all have been put into hotel quarantine. 

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Western Australia is not part of the travel bubble arrangement and has tough border restrictions in place, with very few exemptions.

Mr McGowan said the situation was 'not ideal'.

'We would prefer better management of these arrangements,' he said. 

The Western Australian Government is considering sending the New Zealand travellers back, and is examining their personal circumstances.

Five New Zealand travellers were also found in Tasmania having flown from Sydney to Launceston via the Trans-Tasman bubble, and have been put into mandatory hotel quarantine.  

a group of people wearing military uniforms: 'We have people being allowed in from another country and we were the last ones to find out about it,' Mr Andrews said (pictured, ABF officer check a New Zealand passenger at Perth Airport on March 18) © Provided by Daily Mail 'We have people being allowed in from another country and we were the last ones to find out about it,' Mr Andrews said (pictured, ABF officer check a New Zealand passenger at Perth Airport on March 18)

How New Zealanders were able to slip into Victoria 

Victoria is the only state in Australia that hasn't introduced any domestic border closures for the duration of the pandemic.

While other states have banned Victorians from arriving and encouraged residents not to travel to the embattled state, domestic travellers have been able to fly into Melbourne. 

When New South Wales and the Northern Territory negotiated the first stages of the trans-Tasman bubble, it was agreed that anybody from New Zealand would be able to travel to those two regions without having to quarantine for two weeks on arrival.

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On Friday, the first three flights arrived at Sydney airport.

But by Saturday, Premier Daniel Andrews learned that 17 international travellers had then boarded a connecting flight onto Melbourne.

By Sunday, he was told that number was actually closer to 55.

So far, his team of contact tracers have found 23 of the passengers at 16 addresses in Victoria.

But he has also spoken to another passenger, who he was told boarded the flight to Melbourne, who swore she was actually in Byron Bay, prompting concerns that the information he received wasn't necessarily accurate.

Mr Andrews made it clear that he does not think the passengers legally did anything wrong, but said he was not informed that Victoria would be put in a position where they would receive international travellers.

He said on Sunday that he hopes to discuss the matter further and create an easier avenue for connecting with New Zealand nationals who are planning on travelling into Victoria. 

'I've got no power to stop them coming here. They will come... I think we can be confident that we will be having a chat with them and they will be welcomed,' he said on Sunday.

'It is just a matter of we have to go through a process and have visibility of who is coming. I don't think that's too much for us to ask.' 


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