January 28, 2023

Australia news live: Queensland to reopen border to NSW as Australia weighs up NZ travel bubble

Suspension of the NZ travel bubble is set to expire today, but fresh cases could...

Suspension of the NZ travel bubble is set to expire today, but fresh cases could delay its reopening as Jacinda Ardern’s Covid response rated world’s best. Follow the latest updates live

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10.44pm GMT

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern is giving a press conference in Wellington, and has been asked about the green zone travel bubble with Australia. Australia will decide today whether to extend or lift the 72-hour suspension of that bubble.

Ardern said:

I maintain the same position I always have which is confidence in our systems. I also totally acknowledge it is a decision for the Australians.

I have never given advice in that manner. All I have asked is that officials provide all the information that we have directly to officials in Australia so they can make their decisions. But we absolutely want them to have the confidence we have in our systems and we can do that by giving them good information…

I haven’t had any direct conversations in that regard and that is because of Border Force and their involvement. It is still a conversation I would need to have at a Federal level. We haven’t spoken to anyone directly.

10.26pm GMT

Christopher Pyne’s lobbyist firm has been engaged by a private defence contractor that was awarded tens of millions of dollars of government work while he was defence minister.

Pyne, through his firm Pyne and Partners, began working in December for Elbit Systems of Australia, a major supplier of military technology to the Australian defence force.

Related: Christopher Pyne’s firm hired by defence contractor awarded $98m in government work while he was minister

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