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An attention-grabbing story from my colleague Mostafa Rachwani this morning, in case you missed it. In Australia, the Northern Territory chief minister, Michael Gunner, has hit again at US senator Ted Cruz who criticised the Northern Territory’s vaccine coverage, telling the firebrand Texan conservative “you understand nothing about us”.

The spat started when the US Republican shared a video of Gunner saying the territory’s wide-ranging vaccine mandate for staff.

Cruz lamented the “Covid tyranny of their [Australia’s] present authorities,” which he mentioned was “disgraceful and unhappy”.

“Particular person liberty issues,” Cruz declared, including he had thought-about Australia the “Texas of the Pacific”.

Gunner didn’t recognize the suggestions, responding on Twitter with a press release sharing a “few details about Covid down right here” and tagging Cruz. “We don’t want your lectures, thanks mate,” the chief minister started.

“Almost 70,000 Texans have tragically died from Covid. There have been zero deaths within the Territory. Do you know that?

“We’ve accomplished no matter it takes to guard the Territory. That’s stored us secure and free. We now have been in lockdown for simply eight days in 18 months. Our companies and college are all open. Do you know that?”

Gunner went on to say that Cruz is aware of nothing about Australia, and criticised his stance on vaccination.

Associated: Northern Territory chief minister and US senator Ted Cruz in Twitter spat over Covid vaccines