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Trans-Tasman travel on the agenda for NZ and Australian PMs meeting

DPA
Wellington
The possibility of making it easier to travel between their two countries will be on the agenda as New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern joins Australia’s national cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
At a press conference on Monday, Ardern confirmed she would join the meeting, which includes the Australian prime minister and all of Australia’s state and territory premiers and chief ministers, via video-link.
“Such a meeting is without precedent...As far as I am aware, a meeting like this has never been done before,” she added.
Ardern said she expected to formally discuss the “trans-Tasman travel bubble,” an idea that has been around since mid-April, which would allow Australians and New Zealanders to travel between both countries freely.
She warned travel between the countries would not happen “in the very very near short-term” but both countries could see the opportunities it offered.
“We need to lock in the gains we’ve achieved and ensure the health precautions are in place,” Ardern asserted.
On Monday, New Zealand recorded no new cases of COVID-19 over a 24-hour period for the first time since March 11, health authorities said.
Ardern said it was a cause of celebration that no new cases were confirmed for a full day but said it reflected the success of the country’s strict lockdown, which has since eased.

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