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The Squiz Quiz – 4 December, 2020

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1. Which coronavirus vaccine did the UK regulator green light this week that could see a vaccination program begin next week for high-risk groups in that country?

Reuters
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UK PM Boris Johnson was upbeat but said the nation couldn’t get "carried away with over optimism or falling into the naive belief that our struggle is over".

2. By how much did Australia’s carbon emissions fall in the 2019-20 financial year?

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That was due to the initial COVID-19 lockdown, the ongoing drought, and more renewable energy coming online.

3. Activist and Hongkonger Joshua Wong was jailed this week for 13.5 months for his involvement in pro-democracy protests in June last year. What political organisation did he lead before its disbandment earlier this year?

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At just 24yo, he’s Hong Kong's best-known pro-democracy activist internationally.

4. US Attorney General William Barr said what this week about outgoing President Donald Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud in last month’s election following an investigation by the Justice Department?

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Barr’s been a Trump loyalist, but this didn’t go down well in the White House…

5. What happened to Australia’s economy in the July to September quarter?

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It didn’t just grow, it was up by 3.3% - the largest quarterly increase since 1976. But the recovery will take some time.

6. Who did Iran blame for the killing of its top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in an ambush last week?

Iranian defence ministry
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Iran vowed to retaliate.

7. Last weekend was super sizzlin’ across a lot of Australia. Which city broke a couple of temperatures?

AAP
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Sydney had its hottest November night and the hottest consecutive November days in the city on record.

8. PM Scott Morrison took to what social media platform to deliver a message to Chinese-Australians this week?

AP
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Defending Australia’s handling of claims that several elite soldiers were involved in war crimes in Afghanistan, his post was soon removed.

9. Edward ‘Teddy’ Sheean was posthumously awarded Australia’s highest military honour - the Victoria Cross - this week after a long campaign by his family and supporters. What war did he fight and die in?

Sean Davey
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It’s the first VC to be awarded to a member of the Royal Australian Navy.

10. US infectious diseases expert Dr Anthony Fauci said what about Santa’s clearance to work this Christmas?

AP
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Not even Santa escapes scrutiny in this complicated old year…

Squiz Quiz - 4 December 2020

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