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Appointing Smith a positive move for Australia: Maxwell

Mon, 2014-12-15 17:04

Steve Smith's elevation to the captaincy is to be applauded, writes Jim Maxwell.

Titans to sack Carter after second drink-driving charge

Mon, 2014-12-15 14:35

Young hooker Paul Carter will be sacked by Gold Coast after being caught drink driving for the second time this year.

NZ students to hold Anzac service at Fraser Island shipwreck

Mon, 2014-12-15 14:35

Seven New Zealand school students and the rusting hulk of a Fraser Island shipwreck are set to embody the spirit of Anzac during next year's centenary commemorations.

Shark kills teenager off Port Douglas in far north Queensland

Mon, 2014-12-15 14:18

Queensland teenager Daniel Smith dies after being bitten on his arm and leg by a shark off Port Douglas in the state's far north. He had just completed year 12 in Mossman.

'Flushable' wipes clogging Queensland's sewage systems

Mon, 2014-12-15 12:07

A toiletry product is causing havoc on Queensland sewage systems, with utility groups asking people to remember the three P's of pee, poo and paper.

Queensland upgrades police presence amid Sydney siege

Mon, 2014-12-15 12:05

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart says officer presence has been increased amid the Sydney siege situation, but there is no direct threat to Queensland.

Steve Smith named Australia's next Test captain

Mon, 2014-12-15 10:20

Cricket Australia has named Steve Smith Australia's next Test captain in the wake of Michael Clarke's hamstring injury.

Man accused of Mackay murder remanded in custody

Mon, 2014-12-15 10:11

A teenager accused of murdering a 72-year-old Mackay man is remanded in custody.

Man's body found after suspicious Gladstone house fire

Mon, 2014-12-15 07:13

A man's body is found in a home destroyed by a suspicious fire in central Queensland late on Sunday night.

Wandering mud crab sparks intruder alarm in Brisbane home

Mon, 2014-12-15 06:47

A Brisbane teenager is left red faced after mistaking a mud crab for an intruder and calling the police in the early hours of the morning.

Adam Scott denies putting problems after failing to seal PGA win

Sun, 2014-12-14 20:48

Adam Scott has denied his long-handled putter is at fault after a frustrating Australian PGA playoff loss.

Solarium ban to begin within weeks after cancer campaign

Sun, 2014-12-14 18:20

Commercial solariums will be banned from December 31 in South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales.

Teenager charged with murder over roadside attack on elderly man

Sun, 2014-12-14 18:03

A 72-year-old Mackay man who was left unconscious on the side of the road by a teenager who allegedly threw a rock through the windscreen of his four-wheel drive on Saturday dies in hospital.

Greg Chalmers wins Australian PGA title on seventh playoff hole

Sun, 2014-12-14 17:53

Greg Chalmers has won the Australian PGA title at Royal Pines, beating Adam Scott and Wade Ormsby in a playoff.

Qld Labor announces puppy farm crackdown

Sun, 2014-12-14 15:00

The Queensland Opposition says it will crack down on illegal puppy farms by introducing a rigorous registration scheme for breeders.

Native noisy miners cause more damage than introduced species: study

Sun, 2014-12-14 14:12

The native noisy miner is causing more damage than the invasive, introduced species of myna bird, new research shows.

Wade Ormsby leads PGA with Scott, Chalmers in pursuit

Sun, 2014-12-14 14:04

South Australian golfer Wade Ormsby leads the Australian PGA with nine holes left, with Adam Scott a shot behind.

Christmas gifts delivered to Queensland families in need

Sun, 2014-12-14 11:33

Christmas is coming early for hundreds of families across Brisbane and surrounding areas today, with hundreds of special deliveries arriving from the Smith Family.

Family say police targeting wrong person over child deaths

Sun, 2014-12-14 10:04

The mother of four boys at the centre of a murder and attempted murder investigation north of Brisbane say police are trying to build a case from something that does not exist.

Winners and grinners as Brisbane turns on Christmas light displays

Sun, 2014-12-14 09:40

Pockets of Brisbane are putting on massive light displays as they do more than their fair share to spread the Christmas cheer.