Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the only reason Australian tourists aren’t spending up in Queentown right now is the New Zealand Government.
Morrison was asked about the National Party’s new position that New Zealand should open immediately to travellers from Australia, provided they can show a negative test.
Australia itself is mostly reopening itself to quarantine-free travel for New Zealanders from Friday morning.
Morrison said it was a matter for the New Zealand Government, and it was totally up to them.
“If the New Zealand Government doesn’t wish Australians to visit New Zealand and spend money in Queenstown or Wellington or other parts of the country, that’s a matter for them. It’s always been a matter for them,” Morrison said.
It should be s non brainer that Australians who have been vaccinated should be allowed to travel here without quarantine. It is the whole point of vaccinating.
There is a massive backlog for MIQ places and such a move would free up capacity.