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Top bureaucrat resigns over Melbourne hotel quarantine scandal

SA’s former top bureaucrat has resigned as head of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrew’s office after phone records revealed he spoke to the head of police as the state’s hotel quarantine program – held responsible for a second wave of COVID-19 infections and deaths and forcing Melbourne into months-long shutdown – was hastily set up.

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Opinion

Canberra needs collaboration, not conflict

Australians are poorly served by the bitter partisan politics dominating Parliament. Leadership, vision and informed policy are sorely needed to restore faith in the system and address the issues and challenges now and ahead, argues Michael O’Neil.