Jacinda Ardern to join Australian national cabinet on Tuesday

(Stuff NZ) — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will join Australia’s national cabinet meeting on Tuesday to discuss Covid-19.

The national cabinet meeting takes in the prime minister and all of Australia’s state and territory premiers and chief ministers.

According to Australian media, Morrison invited her to join the call last Thursday. She will phone in to the meeting.

The pair are expected to discuss a mooted “trans-tasman bubble” that would allow Kiwis and Australians to freely travel between countries.

It’s understood Ardern will discuss the meeting at her post-cabinet press conference at 4pm on Monday.

They will also discuss the CovidSafe app, a version of which NZ is also adopting, according to Australian media.

Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said he is very keen on the idea of the trans-tasman bubble as both countries are “beating the crap” out of the disease.

Peters said it would only make sense if the 14-day quarantine requirements were lifted for Australians, as well as the general ban on all entry for non-Kiwis.

Health Director General Ashley Bloomfield said on Monday he was in constant contact with his Australian counterparts.

Bloomfield said he had been providing advice to Ardern ahead of the call.