Christian Porter quits politics; Probable sixth case of Omicron variant identified in NSW; Three people “escape the quarantine facility” early in the morning; Hundreds of people evacuated from homes in Queensland floods; Victoria and NSW record rise in COVID-19 cases

That concludes today’s 9News live news blog for Wednesday, December 1. Here is what happened :

A sixth case of the Omicron variant has been confirmed in New South Wales.

Christian Porter announced in a Facebook post that he would retire from politics and not contest Pearce’s seat in next year’s federal election.

Health Minister Greg Hunt is expected to announce his retirement from politics tomorrow, as his colleagues paid tribute to him today.

Victorians are being warned to beware of thunderstorm asthma as severe thunderstorms are expected to hit parts of the state.

Two other crew members of a flight arriving in London have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Northern Territory in the past 24 hours.

South Australia Police have launched a Major Crimes Task Force to investigate at least three unsolved murders and others that may look like drug overdoses.

A British aerospace engineer claims to have located the precise coordinates where Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crashed and fell to the bottom of the Southern Indian Ocean.

The median value of an Australian home has risen by over $ 126,000 in the past 12 months as buyer demand and low mortgage rates have boosted the property market.

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