Member since 22 May 2020
Total posts 1
The current standoff between the Premiers of QLD and NSW is doing little to help the tourism industry nor those of us who love to travel.
If state borders are to remain closed is there another?
QLD population approx 5 mil
NZ population approx 4.8 mil
QLD total Covid cases 1060
NZ total Covid cases 1500
QLD active cases 12
NZ active cases 28
QLD current hospital cases 5
NZ current hospital cases 1
Above numbers are approx but close enough for this.
So QLD and NZ are roughly equal on population and success at containing Covid.
Both are in need of stimulating their economies.
Can you guess where this is going?
Open the border between QLD an NZ. Allow business and tourist travel between the two and maybe we can both benefit from having done so well at containing Covid 19.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 21 Jan 2014
Total posts 286
I won't hold my breath, the morons who run Qld won't even allow intrastate travel, just blatant stupidity that the people of Nth Qld can't even travel around their own region and not one active case for weeks.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 07 Dec 2014
Total posts 54
The town of Tweed Heads/Coolangatta is cut in half by the NSW/QLD border. They are essentially the same town. Which is why the State border closure is so idiotic.
As for the idea floated, QLD has no say on reopening to NZ - that is for the Federal Government (though presumably QLD can impose extra restrictions on international travellers that arrive at QLD airports).
Member since 06 Aug 2017
Total posts 178
Community transmission of COVID-19 (as opposed to returned travellers in quarantine) in Victoria is incredibly close to zero (at most, a few new cases every day). In NSW it's even lower. Everywhere else in Australia it's non-existent.
Even if the other states wait for community transmission in NSW and Vic to reduce to zero, I simply don't understand why QLD, TAS, NT, WA and SA don't at least open their borders to each other. In fact it seems so totally irrational that I must be missing something. But what am I missing?
Member since 08 Feb 2018
Total posts 186
Gladys' border war doesn't actually have much to do with travel. It's a political ploy to make the premiers of labour states look like they don't know what they're doing. There's a qld election this year so she's just laying the boot after after the liberals have managed the virus pretty well (I hate saying that!). She's also trying to show that the qld government isn't managing it well, despite all states actually managing the whole thing well. I don't like Gladys but she's very clever politically, she's made an issue where there isn't one!
What's wrong with Nsw people holidaying in nsw and qld people holidaying in qld for a few more months? it's the same number of tourists and same number of destinations
Member since 06 Mar 2015
Total posts 256
Given the constant chopping and changing of new cases being detected of Covid-19 it seems fruitless to continue to guess or hope for border re openings in Australia.
Even the Premiers can't agree on a formula and rather they all seem hell bent on protecting their political future rather than the well being of this Country both physically and financially.
Short of a vaccine being discovered really soon I cannot see ALL of the borders in this country opening for at least another 6 months, maybe one or two but WA will remain stuck in it's sandpit for a long time.
The prospect of a vaccine soon does not seem very likely so I guess we will just have to try and sit this out difficult as it is.
Our country desperately needs it's airlines flying fully again and people travelling unhindered as soon as possible as it's a very big part of the economy.
Fingers crossed for this elusive vaccine!!!!
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