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LIVE – Updated at 07:38 Follow the day’s updates live. What we learned: Friday, 20 January 07:38 With that, we will wrap up the blog

for this fine Friday. Have a great weekend, the live blog will be back first thing in the AM to cruise through another day of news. Here were Friday’s major

developments: Olympian sprinter Peter Bol has defended his innocence after failing a doping test in October. He was suspended by Athletics Australia effective from 10

January and said he was in “total shock” when informed of the results. Almost 90,000 students each year are failing to meet minimum Naplan reading or numeracy standards,

according to the Productivity Commission. After years of trade tensions, a meeting between the Australian trade minister and his Chinese counterpart is a step closer

after talks in Davos overnight. Australia’s assistant trade minister, Tim Ayres, met with China’s vice-minister of commerce, Wang Shouwen, on the sidelines of the World Economic

Forum. South Australia is set to have a voice to parliament by the end of the year. The Labor government has pledged a state-based Uluru statement from the heart would

go ahead, regardless of what happens with the federal government’s referendum. Queensland Police has issued an apology to LGBTIQ+ communities and its past and present

police members for historical mistreatment. Commissioner Katarina Carroll delivered the statement of regret, acknowledging the “profound pain” inflicted by the service on the

community by enforcing laws criminalising homosexuality.