New Zealand extends pre-departure tests to all arriving passengers

17 countries exempted; effective January 25; $1000 fine from February 8, 2021 Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins (RNZ Picture by Samuel Rillstone)   All travellers to New Zealand from anywhere in the world other than 17 countries in the ‘Exempt List’ will be required to undergo pre-departure testing at the place of their departure, the New Zealand government announced today.…

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Despite everything else, Aussies keep faith in government

Australian PM Scott Morrison with Donald Trump (SBS TV Image)   Through recent natural disasters, global upheavals and a pandemic, Australia’s political centre has largely held. Australians may have disagreed at times, but they have also kept faith with governmental norms, eschewing the false allure of populism beguiling voters elsewhere. Broad public confidence Our Federal and State governments enjoy broad…

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