Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has condemned the failures that allowed a mysterious group of 17 New Zealanders to fly to the state on Friday, criticizing the Australian Border Force for delays in providing vital passenger information and writing to Scott Morrison to express disappointment. his.
Seventeen New Zealand who traveled to Sydney through the newly formed international travel bubble was allowed to fly to Melbourne Airport late in the afternoon, despite the state expressly excluding itself from the bubble adjustment.
The group left the airport shortly after arriving and state authorities had no power to stop them. The location of the group is still unknown, although they are believed to be in the Melbourne metropolis.
Andrews said something went wrong in this system, in that we are not supposed to be part of this deal.
There are many things the Victorian government can do and there are many things for which it was ultimately responsible, but getting on domestic flights at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport is not one of the things for which I am responsible, responsible or can to have any impact on, only others can do it, he said.
The Prime Minister had written to the Prime Minister expressing the disappointment of the states and publicly criticizing the Australian Border Force for the delays in obtaining passenger cards for New Zealanders.
Without those cards, Victoria had little information about their identity and status.
Alan Tudge, federal immigration minister, labeled Andrewss’s comments as a distraction. He said the possibility of New Zealand flying to Sydney and going elsewhere was raised on Australia’s main health care committee and Victoria did not raise any concerns.
The concept that people can reach NSW and then potentially go to other destinations was clearly raised in the meeting, Tudge said. And no official from any jurisdiction raised any concerns.
Andrews said the arrival posed little health risk, as New Zealand was without Covid and said there was no criticism of New Zealand’s actions.
But he criticized the lack of any warning, the decision to allow them to travel from Sydney and the delay in getting their passenger registers, saying surely our systems are better than that.
No warning is actually the exact opposite of what we recorded, Andrews said. It has happened now, it cannot be undone.
Andrews said there must have been a process when they arrived in Sydney to tell the Zealanders that Victoria and Melbourne were not part of the travel bubble.
I want to be clear about this that I wrote to the Prime Minister this morning and were disappointed that this happened since I had written to the Prime Minister on this issue the day before, saying at some point we will join him Travel bubble to Australia but not suitable right now, he said.
Andrews said the trip was possible because Victoria did not close the border, something the federal government had insisted on.
That is what the prime minister wants, he said. We have done that and now we see 17 people returning to our doorstep without any notice, without any structure and we still cannot get the cards from the Australian Border Force about who these people are and where they have gone.
Hopefully we will get it very soon. I have written this morning to make it clear, there are more flights coming on Sunday from New Zealand and we do not want a repeat of that.
Andrews said he hoped to have the passenger cards from ABF by the time he finished his press conference Saturday morning.
Some things have gone wrong here, we have made it clear that we did not want to be part of, we could not be part of the bubble arrangements at this point, he said.
The big work between the federal government and Victoria comes as the state registered only one new Covid-19 case in the last 24 hours.
Andrews said he did not want to close the border.
It has remained open, he said. I want us to play our part and an issue today and now active issues under 150. We are playing our part in opening borders across the country. We want nothing to endanger him.