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QIMR says it is ‘natural home’ for Australian disease control headquarters

“This centre would draw together QIMR Berghofer’s existing strengths in infectious diseases, immunology, epidemiology and health economics,” Professor Mackay wrote. “It would collaborate with other Queensland-based, Australian and international research institutions … and it would recruit world-class experts to ensure Queensland’s response to the next pandemic will be immediate and …

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Queenslanders in big smoke butt out but ‘vaper’ trail is in the air

Associate Professor Coral Gartner, head of the Nicotine and Tobacco Regulatory Science Research Group at the University of Queensland, said the overall fall in the rate of smoking was good news, but more needed to be done. “The take-home message is that combustible cigarettes remain the main nicotine product used …

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Whitlam, Kerr and the chief justice … and the desperation of powers

In a reply 12 days later, Charteris noted “the Queen has read [the letter] with much interest”. In a handwritten note at the end of the letter, Charteris wrote: “P.S. I suppose you know Eugene Forsey’s book ‘The Prerogative of the Dissolution’? I believe he lays it down as a …

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How genomic sequencing gives authorities a ‘high resolution’ understanding of COVID-19 outbreaks

“That just means that in terms of community outbreak in NSW, that hasn’t come from within NSW,” he said. “It just means that we understand the nature of the problem there and that’s helping them get on top of that very quickly.” Loading Virologist Dr Megan Steain reiterated the PM’s …

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Blackrock warns US-China tensions primed to get worse

“Issues between US and China are structural and persistent and as such will continue regardless of who wins in November.” Chief investment officer at Platinum Asset Management, Andrew Clifford, agrees the relationship between China and the West has changed permanently, but believes the world is so globally intertwined that economic …

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Behind the scenes of tracing the Crossroads Hotel outbreak with the ‘war zone detective’

A hand-drawn mud map may sound low-tech, but Ms Musto said it’s faster to plot it all on a whiteboard than on a computer. Large street maps are also helpful, she said. “You could actually just visualise the spread of the virus,” she said. “Mapping just helps me see what’s …

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We’re walking through this together: please don’t take that away

We can put up with not hugging our parents if it may help them stay safe, which it’s certainly starting to feel like it could. We can even, as was suggested during our first lockdown rodeo, stop patting each other’s pooches, lest Fido’s coat becomes a vector – though the …

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St Kilda players’ medical files stolen in car smash-and-grab

He has been one of St Kilda’s club doctors since 1997, and was granted life membership in 2016 for his services to the organisation. Dr Stone, who also sees patients through private practice, has also been a member of the AFL Medical Officers Association Network, which offers treatment to former …

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Hotels debacle is biting Andrews

Both pollsters point out that the Victorian government is enjoying high ratings, just not as high as in other states, and warn that these are not party political surveys. But it does all point to Andrews and Labor having lost some paint, given the gravity of the hotels scandal, with …

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