For scores of other asylum-seekers who have been held in Australian hotels, stifling conditions have stretched on for months and months.
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The self-governing island’s official name, Republic of China, has been downsized, although it remains on the cover in Chinese characters.
Homeowners are responding to incentives offered by state governments, a sharp drop in the price of solar panels and an increase in electricity rates.
The pandemic has fast-forwarded a looming reckoning for the city of Cairns, the main gateway to the reef.