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Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission boss Alan MacSporran resigns
Departure comes after parliamentary committee found he failed to ensure watchdog ‘acted independently and impartially’

Ben Smee

25, Jan, 2022 @9:03 AM

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NSW records 30 deaths, Victoria 20, Qld 10, SA three and Tasmania one – as it happened
Australia to scrap PCR test requirement for international arrivals; Triple J counts down Hottest 100. This blog is now closed

Ben Smee and Calla Wahlquist (earlier)

22, Jan, 2022 @6:54 AM

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Western Australia races to contain Perth Covid cluster as Greg Hunt declines to condemn border decision
New South Wales records 30 Covid deaths, Victoria 20, Queensland 10, South Australia three and Tasmania one

Ben Smee

22, Jan, 2022 @6:32 AM

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George Christensen ramps up conspiracy theory and anti-vaxx commentary as signs suggest possible media brand launch
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Ben Smee

21, Jan, 2022 @7:00 PM

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Sheet shortages and closed cafes: much-anticipated Queensland summer turns into ‘a fizzer’
The tourism sectors was banking on a strong holiday season once borders reopened, but cancellations and staff shortages have left many floundering

Ben Smee

15, Jan, 2022 @7:00 PM

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Queensland Covid update: border to open as state records deadliest day of pandemic
From 1am on Saturday, there will be no requirement for a border pass, or for evidence of negative Covid test or vaccination

Ben Smee

13, Jan, 2022 @2:47 AM

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Qld Covid update: chief health officer urges immediate halt to ‘pox parties’ aimed at spreading virus
State records 20,566 new cases amid reports of people deliberately trying to spread coronavirus to increase their immunity

Ben Smee

11, Jan, 2022 @4:32 AM

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Indigenous communities await wet season’s ‘natural gate’ as Covid creeps north
Floods and rain could be a circuit-breaker for remote Queensland communities – if it arrives before the virus

Ben Smee

06, Jan, 2022 @4:30 PM

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Novak Djokovic wins interim injunction against deportation; more than 72,000 new cases nationwide – As it happened
All the day’s news as it unfolded

Mostafa Rachwani and Tory Shepherd (earlier)

06, Jan, 2022 @8:39 AM

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Rapid antigen test importers say ‘frustrating’ regulatory delays are holding up kits for at-home use
Suppliers of kits already approved for at-home use are facing month-long delays, but regulator says it is prioritising tests

Christopher Knaus and Ben Smee

05, Jan, 2022 @4:30 PM

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Record 47,738 cases nationwide; ACCC to ‘name and shame’ on RAT prices – as it happened
Follow all the day’s news

Tory Shepherd, Cait Kelly, Michael McGowan and Luke Henriques-Gomes (earlier)

04, Jan, 2022 @7:18 AM

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Queensland defends anomaly that means Covid-free travellers must quarantine longer than infected locals
Covid-positives in the community only need to isolate for seven days while there is 14-day mandatory isolation for international arrivals

Ben Smee

04, Jan, 2022 @6:32 AM

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