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Iain Lee narrowly misses out on I’m A Celebrity title

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Published: 16:53 EST, 10 December 2017 | Updated: 16:57 EST, 10 D..

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Published: 16:53 EST, 10 December 2017 | Updated: 16:57 EST, 10 December 2017

Iain Lee was eliminated from I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! during Sunday night's final – placing him in third.

The radio host, 44, appeared far from disappointed however, as he immediately wished the final two a gracious congratulations upon his exit from camp.

His elimination left fan favourties Georgia 'Toff' Toffolo and Jamie Lomas battling it out for the title of King or Queen of the Jungle.

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Bronze medal: Iain Lee was eliminated from I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! during Sunday night's final – placing him in third

Gracious: The radio host, 44, appeared far from disappointed however, as he immediately wished the final two a gracious congratulations upon his exit from campGracious: The radio host, 44, appeared far from disappointed however, as he immediately wished the final two a gracious congratulations upon his exit from camp

Gracious: The radio host, 44, appeared far from disappointed however, as he immediately wished the final two a gracious congratulations upon his exit from camp

Twice as nice: His elimination left fan favourties Georgia 'Toff' Toffolo and Jamie Lomas battling it out for the title of King or Queen of the JungleTwice as nice: His elimination left fan favourties Georgia 'Toff' Toffolo and Jamie Lomas battling it out for the title of King or Queen of the Jungle

Twice as nice: His elimination left fan favourties Georgia 'Toff' Toffolo and Jamie Lomas battling it out for the title of King or Queen of the Jungle

Speaking to Ant and Dec after his elimination, the talkRADIO host admitted: 'I cannot believe I've come third, this is incredible. This has been a thrill, thank you for this opportunity.'

The episode had started with the final three reflecting on their journey in the jungle, and expressing their shock at being voted through by the public, following Jennie McAlpine's departure.

The MIC star, aware of her huge popularity, said in shock: 'Is this a dream? How on earth did I get here? Someone's totted up the votes wrong, how out of all those people am I here? How!'

Iain then admitted: 'Apart from the birth of my kids and meeting the pop group The Monkeys, this is the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me.'

Go girl: Toff kicked the evening of trials off by partaking in the famous John T-revolting challenge, in a bid to win the starters for herself and her camp matesGo girl: Toff kicked the evening of trials off by partaking in the famous John T-revolting challenge, in a bid to win the starters for herself and her camp mates

Go girl: Toff kicked the evening of trials off by partaking in the famous John T-revolting challenge, in a bid to win the starters for herself and her camp mates

While Jamie added: 'I'm absolutely made up I can't tell you. I never ever expected to get this far.'

All three contestants then had to participate in a final gruesome Bushtucker Trial, in order to win a three-course feast for their last night in Croc Creek.

Toff kicked the evening of trials off by partaking in the famous John T-revolting challenge, in a bid to win the starters for herself and her camp mates.

Stayin Alive! In the trial, Toff was placed in a mould of the famous Saturday Night Fever pose, with each compartment then filled with a different jungle critter Stayin Alive! In the trial, Toff was placed in a mould of the famous Saturday Night Fever pose, with each compartment then filled with a different jungle critter 

Stayin Alive! In the trial, Toff was placed in a mould of the famous Saturday Night Fever pose, with each compartment then filled with a different jungle critter

In the trial, Toff was placed in a mould of the famous Saturday Night Fever pose, with each compartment then filled with a different jungle critter.

The blonde was seen shrieking with fright as she endured ten minutes of critters, including spiders, green ants and cockroaches, being poured into the different compartments all over her body.

At one point, a spider hung precariously close to her face, causing her to shriek with fright, before she squirmed as the viscous green ants bit into her arms and legs.

Jungle jane! Toff completed her last ever trial with a full house, as she and her campmates all took part in the separate challengesJungle jane! Toff completed her last ever trial with a full house, as she and her campmates all took part in the separate challenges

Scary: Toff was competing to earn starters for her and camp-mates Iain and Jamie as well as a drink and treat for herself

She's got nerve: The blonde was seen wincing as she endured five minutes of critters, including spiders, green ants and burrowing cockroaches, being poured all over her bodyShe's got nerve: The blonde was seen wincing as she endured five minutes of critters, including spiders, green ants and burrowing cockroaches, being poured all over her body

She's got nerve: The blonde was seen wincing as she endured five minutes of critters, including spiders, green ants and burrowing cockroaches, being poured all over her body

While she cried out in pain at the ants' bites, Toff distracted herself by thinking of her meal that evening, in her usually witty style.

She said: 'Just think of the belting meal we're going to have! I'm thinking a big, big burger, with chips AND a lobster', leaving Ant and Dec in stitches.

As 15,000 cockroaches were poured into her right leg however she soon returned to reality, crying out: 'No they're the pits! That's just feral isn't it.'

Help: At one point, a spider hung precariously close to her face, causing her to shriek with frightHelp: At one point, a spider hung precariously close to her face, causing her to shriek with fright

Help: At one point, a spider hung precariously close to her face, causing her to shriek with fright

Ouch! She later squirmed as the viscous green ants bit into her arms and legsOuch! She later squirmed as the viscous green ants bit into her arms and legs

Ouch! She later squirmed as the viscous green ants bit into her arms and legs

Before adding to the delight of viewers: 'Whoever thinks this s***t up is warped.'

The last leg of the challenge saw yabbis and crabs added to her left leg, before burrowing cockroaches and spiders soon swarmed around her head.

Clearly struggling, the blonde was heard almost breaking down in tears – but continually uttered the words 'Be strong', until her 10 minutes came to an end.

With the trial over, Toff laughed with glee as she waltzed away from the clearing with a full house of stars – causing Dec to quip: 'What a nutter!'

Leading lady: However, the beauty off held her nerve in the trial and took home all five stars - earning the first course of the feast as well as a drink and treat for herself Leading lady: However, the beauty off held her nerve in the trial and took home all five stars - earning the first course of the feast as well as a drink and treat for herself 

Leading lady: However, the beauty off held her nerve in the trial and took home all five stars – earning the first course of the feast as well as a drink and treat for herself

Toff's campmate Iain next faced the infamous Bushtucker bonanza, where he chowed down on a variety of jungle favourites.

As if that was not horrifying enough, Iain also fought the temptation to enjoy some delicious dishes such as a roast dinner, apple crumble and a cheeseboard, in order to win a luxurious dinner for camp.

The TV presenter, competing to win main courses for him and his campmates as well as a drink and treat for himself, was first faced with turkey testicles, in true festive spirit.

However he remained positive as he embarked on the challenge, musing to Ant and Dec's delight as he chowed down on the testicle: 'See, I'm chewing but they're not getting any smaller!'

Delicious? Toff's campmate Iain next faced the infamous bushtucker bonanza, where he chowed down on a variety of jungle delicaciesDelicious? Toff's campmate Iain next faced the infamous bushtucker bonanza, where he chowed down on a variety of jungle delicacies

Delicious? Toff's campmate Iain next faced the infamous bushtucker bonanza, where he chowed down on a variety of jungle delicacies

'They're not getting any smaller!': The TV presenter, competing to win main courses for him and his campmates, was first faced with turkey testicles, in true festive spirit'They're not getting any smaller!': The TV presenter, competing to win main courses for him and his campmates, was first faced with turkey testicles, in true festive spirit

'They're not getting any smaller!': The TV presenter, competing to win main courses for him and his campmates, was first faced with turkey testicles, in true festive spirit

Not nice: He was then faced with two dead scorpions, which he proceeded to crunch with his eyes closed - comparing them to eating your own fingernails, as well as 'a***holes'Not nice: He was then faced with two dead scorpions, which he proceeded to crunch with his eyes closed - comparing them to eating your own fingernails, as well as 'a***holes'

Not nice: He was then faced with two dead scorpions, which he proceeded to crunch with his eyes closed – comparing them to eating your own fingernails, as well as 'a***holes'

Concerns: Maintaining his humour however, he asked Ant and Dec through mouthfuls: 'Have they still got poison in? Could you find out?'Concerns: Maintaining his humour however, he asked Ant and Dec through mouthfuls: 'Have they still got poison in? Could you find out?'

Concerns: Maintaining his humour however, he asked Ant and Dec through mouthfuls: 'Have they still got poison in? Could you find out?'

He was then faced with two dead scorpions, which he proceeded to crunch with his eyes closed – comparing them to eating your own fingernails, as well as 'a***holes'.

Maintaining his humour however, he asked Ant and Dec through mouthfuls: 'Have they still got poison in? Could you find out?'

While the hosts advised him to think of the meal that evening, Iain simply quipped: 'I won't be hungry, I'll be in intensive care!'

Next up was a camel's brain and a glass of blended cockroaches, crickets and mealworms – which he chugged down with ease, before turning to Ant and Dec and declaring: 'How about that you b******s!'

Knock it back: Next up was a camel's brain and a glass of blended cockroaches, crickets and mealworms - which he chugged down with easeKnock it back: Next up was a camel's brain and a glass of blended cockroaches, crickets and mealworms - which he chugged down with ease

Knock it back: Next up was a camel's brain and a glass of blended cockroaches, crickets and mealworms – which he chugged down with ease

Easy: He turned to Ant and Dec after the drink and declared: 'How about that you b******s!'Easy: He turned to Ant and Dec after the drink and declared: 'How about that you b******s!'

Easy: He turned to Ant and Dec after the drink and declared: 'How about that you b******s!'

Success: Iain rounded off his jungle meal with a pig's vagina, which despite its vile taste, he managed to chomp down - also earning him five stars for camp Success: Iain rounded off his jungle meal with a pig's vagina, which despite its vile taste, he managed to chomp down - also earning him five stars for camp 

Success: Iain rounded off his jungle meal with a pig's vagina, which despite its vile taste, he managed to chomp down – also earning him five stars for camp

Saving the worst for last, Iain rounded off his jungle meal with a pig's vagina, which despite its vile taste, he managed to chomp down – also earning him five stars for camp, and proving himself after giving up on two trials previously on the series.

The Bushtucker Bonanza is no stranger to an appearance in the I'm A Celebrity final, with Ferne McCann shocking fans by chowing down on a live water spider in 2015, and Gino D'Campo eating a fermented duck egg in 2009.

Jamie was last to complete his Bushtucker trial, in order to win the trio's dessert course, as well as his own drink and treat.

Terrified: Jamie was last to complete his Bushtucker trial, in order to win the trio's dessert course, as well as his own drink and treatTerrified: Jamie was last to complete his Bushtucker trial, in order to win the trio's dessert course, as well as his own drink and treat

Terrified: Jamie was last to complete his Bushtucker trial, in order to win the trio's dessert course, as well as his own drink and treat

Help! However, the actor, 42, perhaps faced his worst fear during his Panic Pit challenge, which saw him locked in an underground chamber with forty snakesHelp! However, the actor, 42, perhaps faced his worst fear during his Panic Pit challenge, which saw him locked in an underground chamber with forty snakes

Help! However, the actor, 42, perhaps faced his worst fear during his Panic Pit challenge, which saw him locked in an underground chamber with forty snakes

Locked up: The soap star was strapped on his back to the floor in the tiny, dank tunnel - and told he had to remain there for 10 minutes, in order to win the delicious feast for campLocked up: The soap star was strapped on his back to the floor in the tiny, dank tunnel - and told he had to remain there for 10 minutes, in order to win the delicious feast for camp

Locked up: The soap star was strapped on his back to the floor in the tiny, dank tunnel – and told he had to remain there for 10 minutes, in order to win the delicious feast for camp

However, the actor perhaps faced his worst fear during his Panic Pit challenge, which saw him locked in an underground chamber with forty snakes.

The soap star was strapped on his back to the floor in the tiny, dank tunnel – and told he had to remain there for 10 minutes, in order to win the delicious feast for camp.

While Jamie handled the claustrophobic side of the challenge with ease, things soon went awry when the terrifying jungle pythons were dropped into his chamber.

Terrifying: While Jamie handled the claustrophobic side of the challenge with ease, things soon went awry when forty snakes were dropped into his chamberTerrifying: While Jamie handled the claustrophobic side of the challenge with ease, things soon went awry when forty snakes were dropped into his chamber

Terrifying: While Jamie handled the claustrophobic side of the challenge with ease, things soon went awry when forty snakes were dropped into his chamber

Not a fan: The actor was seen freezing with fear as the pythons slithered all over his face and torsoNot a fan: The actor was seen freezing with fear as the pythons slithered all over his face and torso

Not a fan: The actor was seen freezing with fear as the pythons slithered all over his face and torso

Bad to worse: However, the chamber was then plunged into complete darkness with two minutes to goBad to worse: However, the chamber was then plunged into complete darkness with two minutes to go

Bad to worse: However, the chamber was then plunged into complete darkness with two minutes to go

Not a fan: Meanwhile a snake simultaneously dropped onto his face from the ceiling - causing Jamie to scream out in terrorNot a fan: Meanwhile a snake simultaneously dropped onto his face from the ceiling - causing Jamie to scream out in terror

Not a fan: Meanwhile a snake simultaneously dropped onto his face from the ceiling – causing Jamie to scream out in terror

Triumph: Yet, the star managed to face his fears front on and lasted the whole ten minutes, meaning he was returning to camp with all five starsTriumph: Yet, the star managed to face his fears front on and lasted the whole ten minutes, meaning he was returning to camp with all five stars

Triumph: Yet, the star managed to face his fears front on and lasted the whole ten minutes, meaning he was returning to camp with all five stars

With the snakes slithering all over his face and torso, the actor was seen freezing in fear as he attempted to ignore the creatures and focus on the task at hand – joking: 'They seem to like my head these snakes'.

However, the chamber was then plunged into complete darkness with two minutes to go – at which point a snake simultaneously dropped onto his face from the ceiling, causing Ant and Dec to gasp with fright.

Terrifyingly the python began to wrap itself around Jamie's face, leaving the hosts noticeably concerned – and warning him to stay very still for his own safety.

However, the star managed to face his fears front on and lasted the whole ten minutes, meaning he was returning to camp with all five stars.

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Australia: Scott Morrison saga casts scrutiny on Queen’s representative

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In the past fortnight, Australia has been gripped by revelations that former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison secretly appointed himself to several additional ministries.

The move has been labelled a “power grab” by his successor as prime minister, and Mr Morrison has been scolded by many – even his own colleagues.

But the scandal has also dragged Australia’s governor-general into the fray – sparking one of the biggest controversies involving the Queen’s representative in Australia in 50 years.

So does Governor-General David Hurley have questions to answer, or is he just collateral damage?

‘Just paperwork’

Governors-general have fulfilled the practical duties as Australia’s head of state since the country’s 1901 federation.

Candidates for the role were initially chosen by the monarch but are now recommended by the Australian government.

The job is largely ceremonial – a governor-general in almost every circumstance must act on the advice of the government of the day. But conventions allow them the right to “encourage” and “warn” politicians.

Key duties include signing bills into law, issuing writs for elections, and swearing in ministers.

Mr Hurley has run into trouble on the latter. At Mr Morrison’s request, he swore the prime minister in as joint minister for health in March 2020, in case the existing minister became incapacitated by Covid.

Over the next 14 months, he also signed off Mr Morrison as an additional minister in the finance, treasury, home affairs and resources portfolios.

Mr Morrison already had ministerial powers, so Mr Hurley was basically just giving him authority over extra departments.

It’s a request the governor-general “would not have any kind of power to override or reject”, constitutional law professor Anne Twomey tells the BBC.

“This wasn’t even a meeting between the prime minister and the governor-general, it was just paperwork.”

But Mr Morrison’s appointments were not publicly announced, disclosed to the parliament, or even communicated to most of the ministers he was job-sharing with.

Australia’s solicitor-general found Mr Morrison’s actions were not illegal but had “fundamentally undermined” responsible government.

But the governor-general had done the right thing, the solicitor-general said in his advice this week.

It would have been “a clear breach” for him to refuse the prime minister, regardless of whether he knew the appointments would be kept secret, Stephen Donaghue said.

Critics push for investigation

Ultimately, Mr Hurley had to sign off on Mr Morrison’s requests, but critics say he could have counselled him against it and he could have publicised it himself.

But representatives for the governor-general say these types of appointments – giving ministers the right to administer other departments – are not unusual.

And it falls to the government of the day to decide if they should be announced to the public. They often opt not to.

Mr Hurley himself announcing the appointments would be unprecedented. He had “no reason to believe that appointments would not be communicated”, his spokesperson said.

Emeritus professor Jenny Hocking finds the suggestion Mr Hurley didn’t know the ministries had been kept secret “ridiculous”.

“The last of these bizarre, duplicated ministry appointments… were made more than a year after the first, so clearly by then the governor-general did know that they weren’t being made public,” she says.

“I don’t agree for a moment that the governor-general has a lot of things on his plate and might not have noticed.”

The historian says it’s one of the biggest controversies surrounding a governor-general since John Kerr caused a constitutional crisis by sacking Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in 1975.

Prof Hocking famously fought for transparency around that matter – waging a lengthy and costly legal battle that culminated in the release of Mr Kerr’s correspondence with the Queen.

And she says the same transparency is needed here.

The Australian public need to know whether Mr Hurley counselled the prime minister against the moves, and why he didn’t disclose them

The government has already announced an inquiry into Mr Morrison’s actions, but she wants it to look at the governor-general and his office too.

“If the inquiry is to find out what happened in order to fix what happened, it would be extremely problematic to leave out a key part of that equation.”

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – Mr Morrison’s predecessor – has also voiced support for an inquiry.

“Something has gone seriously wrong at Government House,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“It is the passive compliance along the chain… that did undermine our constitution and our democracy… that troubles me the most. This is how tyranny gets under way.”

PM defends governor-general

Prof Twomey says the criticism of Mr Hurley is unfair – there’s was no “conspiracy” on his part to keep things secret.

“I don’t think it’s reasonable for anyone to expect that he could have guessed that the prime minister was keeping things secret from his own ministers, for example.

“Nobody really thought that was a possibility until about two weeks ago.”

Even if he had taken the unprecedented step to publicise the appointments or to reject Mr Morrison’s request, he’d have been criticised, she says.

“There’d be even more people saying ‘how outrageous!'” she says. “The role of governor-general is awkward because people are going to attack you either way.”

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has also defended Mr Hurley, saying he was just doing his job.

“I have no intention of undertaking any criticism of [him].”

A role fit for purpose?

Prof Hocking says it’s a timely moment to look at the role of the governor-general more broadly.

She points out it’s possible the Queen may have been informed about Mr Morrison’s extra ministries when Australia’s parliament and people were not.

“It does raise questions about whether this is fit for purpose, as we have for decades been a fully independent nation, but we still have… ‘the relics of colonialism’ alive and well.”

Momentum for a fresh referendum on an Australian republic has been growing and advocates have seized on the controversy.

“The idea that the Queen and her representative can be relied upon to uphold our system of government has been debunked once and for all,” the Australian Republic Movement’s Sandy Biar says.

“It’s time we had an Australian head of state, chosen by Australians and accountable to them to safeguard and uphold Australia’s constitution.”

But Prof Twomey says republicans are “clutching at straws” – under their proposals, the head of state would also have been bound to follow the prime minister’s advice.

“It wouldn’t result in any changes that would have made one iota of difference.”

 

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Australia election: PM Morrison’s security team in car crash in Tasmania

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A car carrying the Australian prime minister’s security team has crashed in Tasmania during an election campaign visit.

Four police officers were taken to hospital with “non-life threatening injuries” after the car and another vehicle collided, authorities said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was not in the car, but the accident prompted him to cancel the rest of his campaign events on Thursday.

The other driver involved was not hurt.

Tasmania Police said initial investigations suggested the second car had “collided with the rear of the police vehicle, while attempting to merge”. It caused the unmarked security vehicle to roll off the road.

The two Tasmania Police officers and two Australian Federal Police officers were conscious when taken to hospital for medical assessment, the prime minister’s office said.

“Family members of the officers have been contacted and are being kept informed of their condition,” a statement said.

“The PM is always extremely grateful for the protection provided by his security team and extends his best wishes for their recovery and to their families.”

Australians go to the polls on 21 May. Mr Morrison – prime minister since 2018 – is hoping to win his conservative coalition’s fourth term in office.

Polls suggest the opposition Labor Party, led by Anthony Albanese, is favoured to win. However, Mr Morrison defied similar polling to claim victory at the last election in 2019.

Mr Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition holds 76 seats in the House of Representatives – the minimum needed to retain power.

Political observers say the cost of living, climate change, trust in political leaders, and national security will be among key issues in the campaign.

In recent weeks, the prime minister has faced accusations of being a bully and once sabotaging a rival’s career by suggesting the man’s Lebanese heritage made him less electable. Mr Morrison has denied the allegations.

Mr Albanese stumbled into his own controversy this week when he failed to recall the nation’s unemployment or interest rates.

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Sydney airport warns delays could last weeks on third day of travel chaos

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Long queues at Sydney airport’s domestic terminals have continued for a third day, with some passengers missing international connections, as the airport warns delays resulting from a surge in travellers and a shortfall in security staff could continue for weeks.

Chaotic scenes were reported in the departure halls as early as 4.30am on Saturday, with some frustrated travellers, many of whom heeded the pleas of airport chiefs to arrive at least two hours before their domestic flight was due to take off, claiming only one security line was operating.

While the queues that formed early on Saturday are understood to have cleared later in the morning, the airport apologised to affected travellers.

“Traffic numbers are picking up and the close contact rules are making it hard to fill shifts and staff the airport. We appreciate your patience,” Sydney airport said on its Twitter account.

A wave of families travelling as the term two school holidays begin this weekend, combined with close contact rules that are understood to be taking out about 20% of security shifts in any given day, are driving the problem.

Certis, the company that Sydney airport contracts for its security operations, is desperately trying to recruit personnel, while the airport has reallocated back office, IT and retail workers to the departure hall to comb queues so they can prioritise passengers at risk of missing their flight.

“We are working around the clock to resolve these issues and have teams in the terminals bringing passengers forward in order of priority,” a Sydney airport spokesperson said.

He added that the airport is “anticipating it will [be] busy right through the school holiday period and peak over the Easter and Anzac Day weekends, in some cases at 90% of pre-Covid passenger levels”.

“We’re deeply grateful to passengers for their ongoing patience and we’re sorry to everyone who has been inconvenienced,” the spokesperson said. “We would also like to thank passengers for getting to the airport early and treating staff and each other with kindness and respect.”

The Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce was forced to clarify comments he made on Friday that passengers were “not match fit” and that those forgetting to remove laptops and aerosols from their bags at the security check contributing to the delays.

“Just to be clear, I’m not ‘blaming’ passengers,” Joyce said. “Of course it’s not their fault,” he said.

Qantas shed thousands of staff during the pandemic, and outsourced ground crews in a decision that was challenged in court.

On Saturday, Qantas also apologised to a Melbourne family left stranded in Sydney, after domestic flight delays caused them to miss an international trip.

Javiera Martinez, her partner Daniel Capurro and their three children were supposed to be flying to Chile on Friday to visit relatives they had not seen in three years.

But after their 8am Qantas flight from Melbourne was delayed by half an hour, baggage handling and airport transfer delays in Sydney meant they couldn’t make their 11.30am LATAM Airlines flight to Santiago.

Martinez said the airline’s procedures at the airport were chaotic.

“We think Qantas didn’t behave appropriately. I got berated by the person at the counter – they never apologised, they never assumed any responsibility at all,” she said. “It was a rude conversation. We have been mistreated badly I would say.”

The PCR tests they need to travel have now expired and they will have to take them again as they wait for seats on the next flight to Santiago from Sunday.

The airline has apologised and paid for a night’s accommodation in Sydney.

“We sincerely apologise that the family missed their connecting flight on another airline due to delays moving through Sydney airport on Friday,” a Qantas spokesperson said.

The family is among many affected by hold ups amid the busiest travel period in two years, with Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports warning passengers to arrive two hours before domestic flights.

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