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4:14pm Nov 22, 2021

live feedIndependent Senator Jacqui Lambie has blasted One Nation’s vaccine discrimination bill, accusing Pauline Hanson of thriving on discrimination.

Senator Lambie labelled the party as “the enemy of healthcare workers who would have to clean up after the outbreak”, after Senator Hanson proposed banning discrimination against unvaccinated people.”

One Nation wants autistic children to be taken out of public schools because, and I quote, they are a ‘strain’ on the rest of the class,” Senator Lambie said.

“One Nation wants a ban on any immigration from majority Muslim countries, even if the person isn’t Muslim.

“People don’t choose what country they are born in, that is discrimination.

Being held accountable for your own actions isn’t called discrimination, it’s called being – you wouldn’t believe it – a God damn, bloody adult.”

Another rescue has taken place in flash flooding in New South Wales as wild weather lashes three Australian states.

A person became trapped inside their car in floodwaters in Merriwa in the Hunter region this morning as rivers rose after being inundated with rain.

Merriwa Rescue crews were joined by NSW Police and Ambulance to save the person, sparking another warning for residents not to cross swollen rivers, or enter flood water.

Merriwa Rescue Squad said this was the second rescue this morning.

“Merriwa VRA Rescue Squad are asking everyone to stay safe and dry.”

NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) also carried out a rescue in Forbes yesterday when a motorist was cut off by floodwaters.

A new multi-agency taskforce in Sydney will face off against some of the world’s most feared criminal underworld organisations whose tentacles have sprawled into New South Wales and beyond.

South American and Mexican drug cartels, Chinese triads, Italian mafia and international bikie gangs are top of the Operation Phobetor hit-list, a joint operation linking Australian Federal Police (AFP), NSW Police and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC).

Based in Sydney, the team of 20 will develop intelligence on underworld gangs who are smuggling guns and huge consignments of illicit drugs into NSW, and laundering dirty cash in the billions.

By Sarah Swain and Richard Wood02:55

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said today she “made no apologies” for introducing mandatory PCR testing.

The state government’s roadmap stipulates new arrivals must be double-vaccinated and have had a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours before entering the Sunshine State.

But arrivals must pay $140 for a test.

Ms Palaszczuk and Acting Chief Health Officer Peter Aitken were also quizzed about “a loophole” in COVID-19 testing which could see people travel to hotspots and return to Queensland without being tested interstate.

By Marina Trajkovich02:54

Queensland’s new Chief Health Officer has been named as Dr John Gerrard.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Dr Gerrard had played a leading role in managing the COVID-19 pandemic as an infectious diseases expert at Gold Coast when she announced the new appointment today.

This comes after the shock resignation of Dr Krispin Hajkowicz, who was due to take on the role from Dr Jeannette Young, on November 1.

Two people have been arrested for allegedly grabbing cash after more than a million dollars in 20 and one dollar bills flew out of an armoured truck.

The truck was on its way to San Diego in California on November 20 when money fell out of it along Interstate Five in the Carlsbad area.

According to the Associated Press, traffic was stopped and people raced to grab the cash.

One woman posted a video on social media of people scooping up money off the road.

By Sonia Lal and Savannah Meacham02:35

Another rescue has taken place in flash flooding in New South Wales as wild weather lashes three Australian states.

A person became trapped inside their vehicle in floodwaters in Merriwa in the Hunter region this morning as rivers rose after being inundated with rain.

Merriwa Rescue crews were joined by NSW Police and Ambulance to save the person, sparking another warning for residents not to cross swollen rivers, or enter flood water.

Merriwa Rescue Squad said this was the second rescue this morning.

Acting CHO Charles Pain has confirmed a man in his 40s died inside the Howard Springs facility last night, saying the death was “completely unrelated to COVID”.

“That is clearly being investigated and I think at the moment it would be inappropriate to say anything more,” he said.

Acting Northern Territory CHO Charles Pain confirmed no new cases had been found in Binjari, however he said some people had concerningly left the community, which was in a hard lockdown.

Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker said about eight residents from Binjari left the town “late yesterday under the cover of darkness”.

He said the escapees walked through a backtrack and got to Katherine before they were caught.

Six adults were each given $5024 fines.

Mr Chalker said compliance from people in Binjari had been solid by the majority, urging anyone who neeed anything such as food to make contact with police and government staff on the ground.

Four of the 37 cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Territory are now in hospital, none are in intensive care.

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