The Today show's Karl Stefanovic can't resist cracking a dad joke every now and then and this morning was no exception, though he didn't quite get the reaction he probably wanted.
During a segment about Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews warning tourists they will need to be triple-jabbed - not double jabbed as Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed - to enter hospitality and entertainment venues in the state, Karl spoke with Queensland senator Matt Canavan and Stellar editor in chief Sarrah Le Marquand.
Karl asked Matt whether he believed Dan was "indirectly controlling our borders?" to which the senator responded: "Well, look, I think we've had enough Karl of being split up as a country into effectively six different nations through much of the last two years.
"It's time to come back together as one nation, we're getting out of this Coronavirus, we have high vaccination rates as does most countries in the world. We need a consistent approach here. You can't have a situation where someone wants to travel all the way from the other side of the world to come to Australia then I can't come to all the different places because what will happen then, is some people just won't turn up at all and that will hurt Queensland, it will hurt New South Wales, not just Victoria."
"I would have thought you were a little bit worried about One Nation," Karl quipped, referencing Pauline Hanson's One Nation party.
When the joke didn't receive the laughs he expected Karl yelled, "Come on!"
"You're getting all your dad jokes in early this year, Karl," Matt said as Sarah smiled.
"It's an election year, I'm excited!" Karl responded, before turning the conversation back to its original topic.
Matt continued, saying he believes the vaccine passport should be scrapped, adding, "I think that's where we're probably going to end up, but we certainly should have consistent rules for the whole country, not split in fiefdoms."
Sarah, meanwhile, compared the situation to a mother and father coming out with different rules for their kids.
Mark said the only way to remedy the situation is for the Prime Minister and state leaders to actually have these conversations before Scott Morrison goes straight to the media to make the announcement.
He added that the damage may already be done with tourists potentially seeing this news and deciding "Australia won't be on their list".
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