Camera IconJacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison have spoken ahead of New Zealand announcing a trans-Tasman bubble. Credit: AAP
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison is likely to be one of the first Australians to skip New Zealand’s quarantine queue when the long-awaited trans-Tasman bubble is finally launched.
On Tuesday afternoon, NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will announce a start date for quarantine-free travel for Australians to visit NZ.
Given all Australian states save WA are already open to NZ visitors, this will effectively open the trans-Tasman bubble.
With the bubble will come the resumption of tourism, the reuniting of families, and the return of business-as-usual diplomacy.
The trans-Tasman PMs meet formally at the start of each year for the Australia-NZ Leaders’ Meeting, and it is Aotearoa’s turn to host in 2021.
Rather than hold the meeting virtually, both countries have deferred the talks to allow for an in-person gathering.
“We were due to have our leader-level meeting at the beginning of the year. Our hope had been to do that face-to-face,” she said in Wellington on Tuesday morning…