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Holly Willoughby flaunts her figure in sequin skirt

By Lisa Mcloughlin For Mailonline

Published: 06:34 EST, 13 December 2017 | Updated: 06:34 EST, 13 D..

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By Lisa Mcloughlin For Mailonline

Published: 06:34 EST, 13 December 2017 | Updated: 06:34 EST, 13 December 2017

She faced backlash on Tuesday over her new slimeline look from an unlikely foe, Katie Price.

Despite the commentary, Holly Willoughby proved its all water off a duck's back as she danced in another dazzling ensemble for a fun-filled Instagram on Wednesday.

The 36-year-old This Morning host showcased her slender figure in a sequin Zara pencil skirt which skimmed her gym-honed thighs as she wiggled from side to side in her energetic Boomerang.

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Dazzling: Holly Willoughby proved its all water off a duck's back as she danced in another dazzling ensemble for a fun-filled Instagram on Wednesday

Dazzling: Holly Willoughby proved its all water off a duck's back as she danced in another dazzling ensemble for a fun-filled Instagram on Wednesday

The blonde bombshell's glittering green, navy and black number – which retails for £69.99 – featured a flirty fringe hem while the high-waisted silhouette highlighted her narrow waist.

She teamed the statement piece with a long-sleeved emerald green lightweight knit from Massimo Dutti.

Holly completed her enviable ensemble with a pair of pointed stillettos from Office as she moved her hips in the short clip.

Accentuating her natural beauty, she styled her trademark blonde locks into soft curl and worked a burgundy lip.

Facing off: She faced backlash on Tuesday over her new slimeline look from an unlikely foe, Katie PriceFacing off: She faced backlash on Tuesday over her new slimeline look from an unlikely foe, Katie Price

Facing off: She faced backlash on Tuesday over her new slimeline look from an unlikely foe, Katie Price

Energetic: The 36-year-old This Morning host showcased her slender figure in a sequin Zara pencil skirt which skimmed her gym-honed thighs as she wiggled from side to side in her energetic BoomerangEnergetic: The 36-year-old This Morning host showcased her slender figure in a sequin Zara pencil skirt which skimmed her gym-honed thighs as she wiggled from side to side in her energetic BoomerangEnergetic: The 36-year-old This Morning host showcased her slender figure in a sequin Zara pencil skirt which skimmed her gym-honed thighs as she wiggled from side to side in her energetic BoomerangEnergetic: The 36-year-old This Morning host showcased her slender figure in a sequin Zara pencil skirt which skimmed her gym-honed thighs as she wiggled from side to side in her energetic Boomerang

Energetic: The 36-year-old This Morning host showcased her slender figure in a sequin Zara pencil skirt which skimmed her gym-honed thighs as she wiggled from side to side in her energetic Boomerang

Shimmering: The blonde bombshell's glittering green, navy and black number - which retails for £69.99 - featured a flirty fringe hem while the high-waisted silhouette highlighted her narrow waistShimmering: The blonde bombshell's glittering green, navy and black number - which retails for £69.99 - featured a flirty fringe hem while the high-waisted silhouette highlighted her narrow waist

Shimmering: The blonde bombshell's glittering green, navy and black number – which retails for £69.99 – featured a flirty fringe hem while the high-waisted silhouette highlighted her narrow waist

Green with envy: She teamed the statement piece with a long-sleeved emerald green lightweight knit from Massimo DuttiGreen with envy: She teamed the statement piece with a long-sleeved emerald green lightweight knit from Massimo DuttiGreen with envy: She teamed the statement piece with a long-sleeved emerald green lightweight knit from Massimo DuttiGreen with envy: She teamed the statement piece with a long-sleeved emerald green lightweight knit from Massimo Dutti

Green with envy: She teamed the statement piece with a long-sleeved emerald green lightweight knit from Massimo Dutti

As usual Holly's 2.9million followers commented in their droves about her sensational look with many explaining how they 'love' the look.

One wrote: 'I need Holly’s wardrobe and figure'. While another shared: 'Wow love today's look'.

A fan posted: 'Holly you are one beautiful gorgeous lady and that skirt looks amazing'.

Her dance moves come after This Morning viewers were left stunned on Tuesday after Katie Price also passed comment on Holly's figure on live TV.

The 39-year-old former glamour model – who is a UK size 6 – dropped jaws when This Morning cut to Loose Women for a live link and Katie made a dig about her weight.

Shocking: Katie was slammed for making a dig about Holly's size on Tuesday during a live TV segment, insisting the star needed to eat cake as she was 'too thin'Shocking: Katie was slammed for making a dig about Holly's size on Tuesday during a live TV segment, insisting the star needed to eat cake as she was 'too thin'Shocking: Katie was slammed for making a dig about Holly's size on Tuesday during a live TV segment, insisting the star needed to eat cake as she was 'too thin'Shocking: Katie was slammed for making a dig about Holly's size on Tuesday during a live TV segment, insisting the star needed to eat cake as she was 'too thin'

Shocking: Katie was slammed for making a dig about Holly's size on Tuesday during a live TV segment, insisting the star needed to eat cake as she was 'too thin'

Talking about what they had lined up for on the show, Ruth Langsford told Holly and Phillip: 'We have something interesting to try, Christmas cake with cheese.'

Keen to be centre of attention, Katie said: 'I don't really like Christmas cake, but I'll try it.'

Bizarrely, she then decided to target the blonde TV presenter, saying: 'But Holly I think this is for you because you're losing too much weight.'

Clearly taken back by the remark, the 36-year-old host – who is thought to be a size 10 – said through a grin: 'Thanks!'

Holly's slim physique has been the hot topic of conversation over the past year or so – with some fans claiming she's lost too much weight – but she's adamant she's healthy and has managed to drop a few pounds because she has more time for herself now.

Let her eat cake: During a Loose Women link to This Morning, Katie insisted that Holly should be eating the Christmas puddings they were testing – much to Holly's surprise

Slim picking: Clearly taken back by the remark, the 36-year-old host - who is thought to be a size 10 - said through a grin: 'Thanks!'Slim picking: Clearly taken back by the remark, the 36-year-old host - who is thought to be a size 10 - said through a grin: 'Thanks!'

Slim picking: Clearly taken back by the remark, the 36-year-old host – who is thought to be a size 10 – said through a grin: 'Thanks!'

Awkward: Holly tried to quickly moved on from the apparent jibe, as fans quickly took to social media to slam her commentAwkward: Holly tried to quickly moved on from the apparent jibe, as fans quickly took to social media to slam her comment

Awkward: Holly tried to quickly moved on from the apparent jibe, as fans quickly took to social media to slam her comment

'Blatantly jealous': Viewers flocked to Twitter to accuse Katie of 'bodyshaming''Blatantly jealous': Viewers flocked to Twitter to accuse Katie of 'bodyshaming'

'Blatantly jealous': Viewers flocked to Twitter to accuse Katie of 'bodyshaming'

Difference: Holly - who has three children; Harry, eight, Belle, six, and Chester, three - has sported a much more streamlined look in recent months (L - 2017, R - 2014)Difference: Holly - who has three children; Harry, eight, Belle, six, and Chester, three - has sported a much more streamlined look in recent months (L - 2017, R - 2014)Difference: Holly - who has three children; Harry, eight, Belle, six, and Chester, three - has sported a much more streamlined look in recent months (L - 2017, R - 2014)Difference: Holly - who has three children; Harry, eight, Belle, six, and Chester, three - has sported a much more streamlined look in recent months (L - 2017, R - 2014)

Difference: Holly – who has three children; Harry, eight, Belle, six, and Chester, three – has sported a much more streamlined look in recent months (L – 2017, R – 2014)

Holly – who has three children; Harry, eight, Belle, six, and Chester, three, with her husband Daniel Baldwin – said recently: 'I think you sort of get – the children are a little bit older, so I've got a little bit more time for myself. And I'm always one of those people that if you feel happy and healthy that's all that matters.'

It's believed she does Pilates at home with her personal trainer but Holly refuses to divulge too much information regarding her fitness regime and healthy eating plans because she doesn't want to encourage eating disorders.

She said: 'I don’t want to encourage eating disorders. I try not to focus too much on my appearance. As long as I’m being healthy, that’s good enough for me.'

Holly proved exactly where she gets her good looks from as she shared a rare selfie with her stunning lookalike mother Lynne and glamorous nan on Tuesday.

The This Morning host, 36, who wowed fans with her festive red sweater earlier in the day, beamed as she cosied up to her youthful mum, 69, over a Christmas lunch.

Leggy lady! Holly had showed off her slender pins during Tuesday's episode of This Morning as she dazzled in a black polka dot dress that she teamed with ankle boots and tights Leggy lady! Holly had showed off her slender pins during Tuesday's episode of This Morning as she dazzled in a black polka dot dress that she teamed with ankle boots and tights 

Leggy lady! Holly had showed off her slender pins during Tuesday's episode of This Morning as she dazzled in a black polka dot dress that she teamed with ankle boots and tights

Blonde bombshell: Even in her winter warmers Holly still looked phenomenal as she pounded the pavements whilst filming segments of the daytime show outside in the coldBlonde bombshell: Even in her winter warmers Holly still looked phenomenal as she pounded the pavements whilst filming segments of the daytime show outside in the coldChic: Holly looked incredibleChic: Holly looked incredible

Blonde bombshell: Even in her winter warmers Holly still looked phenomenal as she pounded the pavements whilst filming segments of the daytime show outside in the cold

It takes two: Holly and Phil seemed in great spirits as they posed together outside on the dayIt takes two: Holly and Phil seemed in great spirits as they posed together outside on the day

It takes two: Holly and Phil seemed in great spirits as they posed together outside on the day

Two's company: The pair seemed in high spirits as they laughed along together on the outing Two's company: The pair seemed in high spirits as they laughed along together on the outing 

Two's company: The pair seemed in high spirits as they laughed along together on the outing

Loving life: The duo struggled to contain their giggles as they presented the show Loving life: The duo struggled to contain their giggles as they presented the show 

Loving life: The duo struggled to contain their giggles as they presented the show

Like mother, like daughter: Holly  proved exactly where she gets her bombshell looks from as she shared a rare selfie with her stunning lookalike mother LynneLike mother, like daughter: Holly  proved exactly where she gets her bombshell looks from as she shared a rare selfie with her stunning lookalike mother Lynne

Like mother, like daughter: Holly proved exactly where she gets her bombshell looks from as she shared a rare selfie with her stunning lookalike mother Lynne

The family resemblance as clear to the see in the snap, which Holly captioned: 'Christmas lunch with the gals… #family #mummy.'

And the shot sent fans wild, with many declaring that the pair looked so similar they had to be sisters rather than mother and daughter.

'I keep saying she's not old enough to be your mum! Surely a sister?' One baffled fan wrote.

'Can see where you get your gorgeousness from,' another added, while a third wrote: 'Good genes in your family.'

Lady in red: She sent fans wild earlier in the day with her impeccable fashion sense, as the TV presenter slipped into an all-red ensemble for her turn on Monday's This MorningLady in red: She sent fans wild earlier in the day with her impeccable fashion sense, as the TV presenter slipped into an all-red ensemble for her turn on Monday's This Morning

Lady in red: She sent fans wild earlier in the day with her impeccable fashion sense, as the TV presenter slipped into an all-red ensemble for her turn on Monday's This Morning

Family affair: Holly also posted a beaming selfie with her glamorous grandmother, writing: 'And the chief girl of the family... my nan! #family #grandma'Family affair: Holly also posted a beaming selfie with her glamorous grandmother, writing: 'And the chief girl of the family... my nan! #family #grandma'

Family affair: Holly also posted a beaming selfie with her glamorous grandmother, writing: 'And the chief girl of the family… my nan! #family #grandma'

Can't believe it: And the shot sent fans wild, with many declaring that the pair looked so similar they had to be sisters rather than mother and daughterCan't believe it: And the shot sent fans wild, with many declaring that the pair looked so similar they had to be sisters rather than mother and daughter

Can't believe it: And the shot sent fans wild, with many declaring that the pair looked so similar they had to be sisters rather than mother and daughter

Holly also posted a beaming selfie with her glamorous grandmother, writing: 'And the chief girl of the family… my nan! #family #grandma.'

The blonde beauty often talks about her blissful childhood growing up in Sussex with parents Lynne and Terry and her older sister Kelly.

Not only do the two look alike, but Holly has spoken about how close the pair are.

The This Morning host and mother-of-three told The Mirror that she talks to Lynne 'a few times a day'.

Happy: The blonde beauty often talks about her blissful childhood growing up in Sussex with parents Lynne and Terry and her older sister KellyHappy: The blonde beauty often talks about her blissful childhood growing up in Sussex with parents Lynne and Terry and her older sister Kelly

Happy: The blonde beauty often talks about her blissful childhood growing up in Sussex with parents Lynne and Terry and her older sister Kelly

Thick as thieves: Holly has previously spoken about how close she and Lynne are, admitting they talk 'a few times a day'Thick as thieves: Holly has previously spoken about how close she and Lynne are, admitting they talk 'a few times a day'

Thick as thieves: Holly has previously spoken about how close she and Lynne are, admitting they talk 'a few times a day'

She said: 'I still run everything past her. If I'm about to buy a pair of shoes I'll go, 'Mum, do you think I should be doing this?'

'It's silly, I'm a fully grown woman, of course I can buy shoes, but I like to talk to her about everything.'

Her parents have also joined her for TV appearances in the past, with Lynne joining Holly on Mrs Browns Boys in March.

Lynne left viewers in hysterics after sharing a memory from Holly's childhood, revealing she had a penchant for the macabre with her 'freaky' arts and crafts.

Close: She said: 'I still run everything past her. If I'm about to buy a pair of shoes I'll go, Close: She said: 'I still run everything past her. If I'm about to buy a pair of shoes I'll go,

Close: She said: 'I still run everything past her. If I'm about to buy a pair of shoes I'll go, "Mum, do you think I should be doing this?" '

'She used to make brilliant bird boxes. It was a bit freaky when she made this eight foot cross, she stapled all these rhododendrons to it,' Lynne recalled, as an embarrassed Holly laughed and hid her face.

'She tapped on the window to show us. We thought, "This is a bit weird." So we had to drag it up the road to the church.'

Meanwhile, Holly has been impressing fans with her impeccable fashion sense, and once again sent them into a frenzy in an all-red ensemble for her turn on Monday's This Morning.

Lady in red: Meanwhile, Holly stunned in her chic red number on Monday's This MorningLady in red: Meanwhile, Holly stunned in her chic red number on Monday's This Morning

Lady in red: Meanwhile, Holly stunned in her chic red number on Monday's This Morning

'You've left us in the lurch!' While Holly's fans praised her chic style, there were those who hit out at her slimmed-down figure'You've left us in the lurch!' While Holly's fans praised her chic style, there were those who hit out at her slimmed-down figure

'You've left us in the lurch!' While Holly's fans praised her chic style, there were those who hit out at her slimmed-down figure

The 36-year-old star looked seriously festive in a crimson jumper and skirt, though that didn't stop some of her fans lamenting the star's slimmed-down figure.

The stunning blonde hugged her curves in a form-fitting oxblood jumper with contrasting red cuffs that boasted delicate bow detailing.

The top was the perfect accompaniment to Holly's sophisticated pencil skirt, which enhanced her shape with its high-waisted fit.

Sharing details of her outfit on Instagram, she enthused: 'Morning Monday… today's look on @thismorning knitwear by @hobbslondon skirt by @karen_millen and shoes by @sjpcollection #hwstyle.'

Once again, Holly was inundated with messages of praise from her fans, though there were many who also blasted the star's recent weight loss.

'You look so beautiful!' Holly wowed in an equally festive look on Thursday'You look so beautiful!' Holly wowed in an equally festive look on Thursday

'You look so beautiful!' Holly wowed in an equally festive look on Thursday

One lamented: 'Holly you are very beautiful but who can I now worship as a beacon for girls with curves?

'You have trimmed down to the 'MUST have tv body shape' and left us in the lurch!'

'Still stunning buts where's the curves gone!' another bemoaned.

However, there were those who were quick to praise Holly's This Morning style, with one fan gushing: 'Holly smashing it every time!! I love every single outfit.'

Another commended: 'Very Christmassy, Holly!'

Others took a moment to compliment Holly's physique, with one gushing: 'Wow you look in fantastic shape holly Have a lovely day.' (sic)

'You were a beacon for girls with curves!' Some fans moaned that Holly's curves have disappeared since the TV presenter adopted a healthier lifestyle'You were a beacon for girls with curves!' Some fans moaned that Holly's curves have disappeared since the TV presenter adopted a healthier lifestyle

'You were a beacon for girls with curves!' Some fans moaned that Holly's curves have disappeared since the TV presenter adopted a healthier lifestyle

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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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