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We are pausing the 9News.com.au live blog for Wednesday, April 20, 2022, for a couple of hours.

But we’ll return to take you through the first live debate between Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Labor Leader Anthony Albanese.

Taking place in Brisbane, it kicks off at 7pm AEST.

Check in then for all the updates.

Meanwhile, here’s what happened today so far:

Residents of New South Wales and Victoria will no longer be required to isolate for seven days if they are deemed a close contact of a COVID-19 case, as both states relax their rules.

Queensland leaders said they’re soon set to follow.

A hot air balloon has crash-landed on a Melbourne street, with dramatic footage capturing the passengers’ ordeal.Australian leaders say they’re “deeply disappointed” by a controversial security pact signed by the Solomon Islands and China, as the Prime Minister explained why he didn’t send the Foreign Minister there.

Radio presenter Ben Fordham clashed with NSW Treasurer Matt Kean over Liberal Warringah candidate Katherine Deves – while the state’s Premier backed her.

And WA Premier Mark McGowan is in isolation after a family member caught COVID-19.

Source: 9News

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