The Informer: One Australian state capital gets set to welcome the world

One state capital gets set to welcome the world

Paris. London. Tokyo. Madrid. New York. Hobart?

Well, maybe. International flights are set to resume in Tasmania for the first time in more than two decades, with 130 direct flights with New Zealand planned for next year.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the plan today, with the first flights likely to touch down in late January.

Nearly $50 million in federal money will be spent getting the Hobart Airport up to scratch for international arrivals and departures.

Meanwhile, the battle of the borders continue, with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian putting even more pressure on Western Australia and Queensland.

And with COVID-19 cases staying very low in Australia, there's plenty of appetite to travel.

Jetstar said on Friday it sold about 25,000 tickets between NSW and Victoria in the first two days after the announcement the border between the two states would open on November 23.

It's looking good for Victoria, where the state has recorded an eighth day without a coronavirus case. Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to announce a further relaxing of restrictions on Sunday.

And yes, the US election result is still taking its time. But the country has recorded more than 1000 COVID-19 deaths for the fourth day in a row - a first since August.

Vote counting is continuing in key states - Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina - with neither Republican Donald Trump nor Democrat Joe Biden quite over the threshold.

Mr Trump, who has made accusations of widespread election fraud with no substantiating evidence, still looks set to lose as mail-in ballots favour his rival.

Mr Biden, speaking in Wimington, Delaware, said: "We're proving again what we've proved for 244 years in this country: democracy works. Your vote will be counted."

Watch this space.

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