Australian ministers to fly to the US for China talks. Picture: Graham Crouch/The Australian
Australian ministers to fly to the US for China talks. Picture: Graham Crouch/The Australian

Aussie MPs to fly to US despite pandemic

Two members of the Morrison government will fly to the US today, despite the country having more than four million COVID-19 cases.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defence Minister Linda Reynolds will travel to Washington today to speak with the US government, becoming the first ministers to leave Australia since the international travel ban was put in place.

Nine reports the ministers will meet with US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, with China set to be the main topic of discussion.

Health Minister Greg Hunt told the news outlet the government officials would have to go into quarantine for 14 days when they return.

Executive director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Peter Jennings, told Nine the fact they were meeting during a pandemic was "important" and that the main topic of discussion would likely be China.

"It's acceptable for both Washington and Canberra if we kind of to steer our own courses on this issue," he said.

"It's not smart for Australia to look like we're just in American's coattails."



More severe storms on the way

Premium Content More severe storms on the way

More wild weather on the way after severe storms batter southeast

Fast and furious: Gympie’s most brazen police chases

Premium Content Fast and furious: Gympie’s most brazen police chases

From a man who got bogged trying to escape police, to a man whose two-year crime...

Should politicians take a leaf out of New Zealand’s book?

Premium Content Should politicians take a leaf out of New Zealand’s book?

GYMPIE STATE ELECTION: Candidates reveal if they think there is something to be...