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One nation or 8? COVID fuels Australian power shift toward states

Temporary internal border closures seen affecting country's identity after pandemic

Australian states' individual responses to COVID-19 have shown they "have a lot more power than we probably realized," one expert told Nikkei Asia.   © Reuters

MELBOURNE -- Australian states' tough internal border policies to fight COVID-19 have, at times, arguably split the nation into multiple mini-countries.

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