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11.04pm GMT

Annastacia Palaszczuk is giving a press conference in Cairns about the reopening of the border to NSW.

She says Queensland recorded one new case in hotel quarantine overnight, no new locally acquired cases.

10.56pm GMT

Joel Fitzgibbon has told Guardian Australia that Labor should consider changing the rules governing its leadership selection.

What a busy morning the member for Hunter has had.

Fitzgibbon told Guardian Australia on Thursday there was a case for overhauling the rules imposed by the former prime minister Kevin Rudd in an effort to stabilise the party’s “coup” culture. He characterised the current leadership selection process as “flawed”.

“I wouldn’t want to conflate this with current speculation about leadership but I think the rules are flawed in that they have the potential to allow someone to be the leader without the majority support of the caucus, and I think that’s very untidy,” Fitzgibbon said.

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