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National launches trans-Tasman petition

The National Party has launched a petition calling on the Government to get a move on with the trans-Tasman travel bubble, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

"There’s no good reason why we can’t have quarantine-free travel with Australia right now. Australia did it for New Zealanders last October, but our Government won’t return the favour.

"Australia has proven it can be done safely, but after nine months and 12 rounds of talks our Government still hasn’t moved."

People arriving from Australia would be required to show evidence of a negative pre-departure test within 72 hours of travel, but not have to go into isolation on arrival in New Zealand, Collins says.

"Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he’s keen for Australians to come to New Zealand and support our tourism sector, so what are we waiting for?

"Our tourism industry is on its knees, a bubble would be the lifeline they need.

"Managed isolation is overrun with long delays because 40 per cent of places are being taken up by Kiwis returning from Australia where there is little, if any, risk of COVID-19

"A bubble will free up space, meaning more room for Kiwis abroad trying to get home and our critical workers.

"New Zealanders deserve a travel bubble with Australia and the benefits it brings. There’s no reason for the Government to continue to delay.

"Like New Zealand, Australia has done a great job at eliminating COVID-19.

"It’s time the Government takes the next step and opens up the trans-Tasman bubble."

Inside Tourism has reached out to Minister of Tourism Stuart Nash for comment.
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