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Ciara Jones

Ciara Jones is a multi-platform journalist and producer in the ABC Brisbane newsroom. Before joining the ABC in 2021, Ciara worked as a commercial TV news reporter and chief of staff in regional Queensland. She tweets at @CiaraEJones

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Baggage handlers, ground crew threaten strike action prompting fears of further airport delays

Long queues, flight cancellations and baggage delays at major Australian airports could worsen, with "chronically overworked" ground crew threatening strike action over pay and working conditions. 
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'How many deaths are acceptable?': AMA calls on government to reinstate mask mandate

By Ciara Jones and staff
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says wearing masks indoors will help save lives, but neither she nor acting Chief Health Officer Peter Aitken are advocating a return to a full mask mandate. The AMA says mandates are "likely to be necessary" as recommendations alone don't change behaviour.
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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk speaking to reporters

Queenslanders urged to prepare for destructive winds and widespread rainfall in coming days

Wild winds and dangerous surf warnings are in place for much of Queensland's coastline, as an east coast low develops in the Coral Sea.
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A warning from lifeguards of dangerous conditions on a Gold Coast beach

What is tier one, tier two and tier three? Queensland's COVID hospital response explained

COVID-19 has put Queensland's health system under severe pressure, with many of the state's hospitals now reaching "tier three". But what exactly does that mean?
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Front of Toowoomba Hospital on Queensland's Darling Downs on December 18, 2021.

As Queensland nears record COVID deaths and hospitalisations, experts warn 'any gathering is potentially a superspreader event'

With 22 fatalities recorded over the past 24 hours and 921 people in hospital, Queensland is approaching its worst wave of the pandemic. 
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Crowd walk along displays at Brisbane's Ekka on People's Day in 2013.

Officers went in 'completely different direction' when asked to attend domestic violence call, inquiry told

Inquiry into domestic violence responses by Queensland police hears of "dehumanising" and "derogatory" comments about victims and female officers. 
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A policeman knocks on a front door while his partner checks a clipboard

COVID 'immunity' period slashed, Queensland hospitalisations tipped to outstrip first wave

Triage tents are being used outside some hospitals in south-east Queensland, with the number of people hospitalised with COVID-19 across the state likely to exceed 1,000 in coming weeks — the highest number of the pandemic so far, health authorities say.
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Man holds a tissue to his face to blow his nose.

Hai Ling tried to check into his flight home to Brisbane. He was shocked to find out it was delayed by three days

Brisbane Airport head of public affairs Stephen Beckett says weather disruptions in flood-ravaged New South Wales, and COVID and influenza-related staff shortages are contributing to flight delays and cancellations.
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Hai Ling Pole holding luggage after having his Sydney to Brisbane flight cancelled

Here's how to get your fourth shot of the COVID vaccine in Queensland

Queensland Pharmacy Guild branch president Chris Owen says there is "no shortage" of vaccines across the community pharmacy network.
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A sign outside a pharmacy reading 'Free Moderna COVID-19 Vaccination Available'.

'It could be higher': Queensland's COVID wave may become the worst yet

Queensland's Health Minister Yvette D'Ath says the ongoing COVID wave could be more severe than February's, when hospitalisations peaked, with 7 per cent of health workers off sick.
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Qld Health Minister Yvette D'Ath speaking to the media.

Police 'set up to fail' without domestic violence training as union calls for immediate action

Sue and Lloyd Clarke echo the sentiments of Police Union president Ian Leavers, calling for the coroner's recommendation for domestic-violence-focused police stations to be acted upon as quickly as possible. 
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Sue and Lloyd Clarke speak outside court

When Jashneil was told large cracks in his new home were 'within reason', he lost faith in the building watchdog

A damning report into the effectiveness of Queensland's building and construction watchdog recommends sweeping reforms to overhaul the troubled regulator after finding its organisational structure and processes were not fit-for-purpose.
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A large crack creeping up from a door frame.

Flood victims still waiting for repairs to be done as insurance bill hits $4.8 billion

New Insurance Council of Australia figures reveal the damage bill from February's flood disaster in Queensland and New South Wales has reached $4.8 billion with builders saying repairs will take up to two years.  
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Tanya Ryall inside her flood-damaged home at Ashgrove in Brisbane.

Deadly varroa mite outbreak raises concerns for Queensland's native bee population

Authorities are closely monitoring any impact on Queensland's bee populations amid a "worrying" interstate detection of the deadly honey bee parasite, varroa destructor.
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A close-up of three Austroplebeia australis worker bees on honey.

'It will kill them': Silicosis cases rising in Australia with more industries impacted, experts call for updated silica standards

More than 500 stonemasons have been diagnosed with silicosis nationally, but experts say it's 'likely just the tip of the iceberg', with miners, quarry workers and others in the construction industry at risk. 
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Tony Kotlin leans against a vehicle at his rural property.

Why are generators withdrawing supply in the midst of an energy crisis?

Five of Queensland's state-owned power generators are currently not operating. Others are being turned off on purpose as blackouts threaten. 
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Sun shines through powerlines at dusk in town in south-east Queensland

Triple-0 calls from people experiencing a mental health crisis were the 'second-most frequent', committee finds

Harrowing evidence — from health services, advocates and people with lived experience of mental health issues — is heard by a parliamentary committee tasked with scrutinising Queensland's mental health system. 
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A Queensland paramedic stands at the back of an ambulance.

If you thought masks were a thing of the past — think again. Health authorities are staging their comeback

How effective are masks in keeping the flu at bay? What masks offer the most protection? What else can I do to avoid getting sick this winter? Your questions answered.
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Young woman wearing a mask in outdoor setting.

The household winter appliances costing you more than you realise

It's the third day of winter and temperatures are dropping to single digits, which means Queenslanders are firing up the heaters and bracing for an eye-watering power bill.  So how can you curb the cost?
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Glowing light bulbs hanging from ceiling.

Home to three key leaders, Queensland is sitting in the box seat

Queensland is home to the Treasurer, the Opposition Leader and the leader of the Nationals. What does that mean for Sunshine State and its issues? 
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Queensland MPs David Littleproud, Jim Chalmers, Peter Dutton

'We had already been underwater for 24 hours': Review reveals warnings issued too late in Brisbane floods

Brisbane flood victims say they're hopeful for government support to rebuild their homes, after a review into the February disaster recommends an overhaul of the city's current planning laws and "slow" emergency flood alert system.
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Karen Proctor stands in a room at her home at Red Hill in Brisbane

Greens determined to topple decades-long Labor dominance in marginal inner-Brisbane seat of Griffith

A three-way contest is likely for the marginal federal seat of Griffith in Brisbane, held by Labor’s Terri Butler since 2014. With the same cast as 2019 of Ms Butler, Greens candidate Max Chandler-Mather and the LNP’s Olivia Roberts, who will come out on top this time around?
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Lucy Ivers and Andrew Beecroft hugs with their baby on a house verandah.

'I don't enjoy coming home': What it's like living under two flight paths

Flight path and aircraft noise is emerging as a key federal election issue in inner-Brisbane electorates, with residents in dozens of suburbs complaining of excessive noise pollution from Brisbane Airport's new runway.
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Annerley residents Tony and Andrea Sticklen lean against the front fence of their house in Brisbane.

Nevaeh released from ICU days after being left on daycare bus

Nevaeh Austin is released from the intensive care unit in Brisbane but remains in hospital where she is recovering after being left for six hours on a daycare bus in Central Queensland.
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Navaeh Austin on a swing, wearing a pink dress.

'It happened in 2011 and we expect it to happen this year': Police prepare for rise in domestic violence

Queensland domestic and family violence services warn the south-east flood crisis has prompted a surge in the number of calls for help.
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Stacey Ross from the Centre for Women wears a black shirt that says stronger together while standing in front of a tree.

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