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Live breaking news: Australia nears huge pandemic milestone; NSW has 13,026 new virus cases, 27 deaths; 50,000 air purifiers for Victorian schools; Coalition voter support slumps – 9News

Welcome to the 9News.com.au live blog for Monday, January 31, 2022. A further 27 people with COVID-19 have died in New South Wales as the state clocked 13,026 new infections today. Victoria's cases have continued to fall, with 10,053 new infections recorded today as students return to classrooms. And support for the Coalition has fallen to the lowest level in nearly three years, a Newspoll released today showed.
Hospitalisations increase as NSW records 13,026 new COVID-19 cases, 27 deaths
Victoria's COVID-19 cases fall again as students return to school
Scott Morrison facing election defeat, latest Newspoll shows
That concludes today's live news blog.
Here's what happened:
The Australian athlete who tested positive to COVID-19 ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games on the weekend has now tested negative twice.
The first RAAF flight carrying vital food and supplies to the flood-wracked town of Coober Pedy in outback South Australia has taken off from Adelaide.
Victoria's daily COVID-19 cases continued to fall, with 10,053 new infections recorded today as students returned to classrooms.
Queensland recorded 7462 new COVID-19 cases and three new deaths.
While a further 27 people with COVID-19 died in New South Wales as the state clocked 13,026 new infections.
Parents of primary school students in New South Wales are being offered a back-to-school sweetener, with the state government offering vouchers to cover before-and after-school care.
We'll return tomorrow.
In the meantime, keep up to date with the latest breaking news at nine.com.au and 9news.com.au.
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The Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) will be investigated in a formal Commission of Inquiry for the first time in the body's 30-year history.
The CCC has recently been under increasing scrutiny, with chair Alan MacSporran resigning last week after fraud charges imposed by the corruption watchdog were dropped against several former Queensland councillors.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the inquiry came off the back of a tabled report by the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee (PCCC) and would probe its "enormous" investigatory and charging functions.
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A rescue operation is underway after a child was swept off the rocks at a beach in Sydney's south-east.
The nine-year-old was reportedly washed into the water at Little Bay while fishing with an adult.
The child was airlifted to a nearby golf course where emergency services are attending.
New South Wales Treasurer Matt Kean has taken another shot at the Federal Government for refusing to chip in for a new business support package.
Mr Kean wrote to Federal Treasurer Joshua Frydenberg yesterday calling for more support, claiming the NSW economy will contract by four per cent if case numbers rise over the next quarter.
"This is such a huge burden that will be borne by our small and medium businesses," Mr Kean said today.
READ THE FULL STORY HERE.
A Brisbane Christian school is facing a growing backlash after sending out new enrolment contracts for families to sign which condemn homosexuality and any identification with non-biological genders.
An online petition protesting the contract sent out by Citipointe Christian College has so far attracted more than 40,000 signatures.
"Citipointe has recently sent out an amended enrollment contract which states that they can terminate a child's enrollment based on sexual orientation, gender identity or sexual activity," the petition states.
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A coronial inquest into the death of Northern Territory man Patrick Moriarty will recommence in April as police continue to investigate his suspicious disappearance.
The 70-year-old was last seen at dusk on December 16, 2017, after leaving the Larrimah Hotel, a tiny highway pub about 500 kilometres south-east of Darwin, on a quad bike with his kelpie dog Kellie.
Despite extensive searches and an initial inquest, the disappearance of the man remains a mystery and there has been no trace of him or his dog since.
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Ms D'Ath has urged parents not to take their children to school if they are unwell, saying they will be given priority access to a RAT at a Queensland Health clinic.
RAT kits have been given to schools only to be used if a staff member or a child becomes ill while at school.
Ms D'Ath told parents not to come to school to receive a RAT kit if they need one.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has said that Tony Fitzgerald has been appointed as head of a Commission of Inquiry into aspects of Queensland's Crime and Corruption Committee (CCC).
It is the first time that the CCC has been investigated in 30 years.
The inquiry will last six months.
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