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'Cars, distractions' behind steep rise in truck driver deaths

Wed, 2020-05-20 16:39

The number of truck drivers who died on Australian roads more than doubled last year, prompting calls for improved driver education campaigns for all motorists.

Australia's largest cattle company turns its finances around, but uncertain times lay ahead

Wed, 2020-05-20 16:34

Australia's largest cattle company may be back in the black, but the road ahead includes the fallout from COVID-19 and trade troubles with China.

University of Queensland student facing possible expulsion walks out of hearing

Wed, 2020-05-20 15:43

A University of Queensland student walks out of a closed disciplinary hearing to decide whether he should be expelled, calling it a "kangaroo court."

Lobbyists thwart Government levy plan designed to tackle pests and diseases

Wed, 2020-05-20 15:13

After more than a year of lobbying by cement, minerals and freight industry groups, the Federal Government abandons a promise that would raise millions of dollars to protect Australian farmers from pests and diseases.

Mystique the humpback dolphin presents items to volunteers as visitors stay away

Wed, 2020-05-20 15:10

Mystique the humpback dolphin from Tin Can Bay has been bringing volunteers a treasure trove of unusual items as tourists stay away due to travel restrictions.

Palaszczuk says Queensland border to stay closed indefinitely

Wed, 2020-05-20 13:29

Queensland tourism bodies say their industry is facing disaster unless the state's borders reopen sooner rather than later, but both the Premier and the Chief Health Officer are standing their ground.

Latest cassowary chick death prompts new calls for road upgrades

Wed, 2020-05-20 12:45

Wildlife conservationists worry relaxed coronavirus travel restrictions will result in more cassowaries dying on roads due to an increase in traffic.

Beekeepers' dire warning if starving bees don't make it through winter

Wed, 2020-05-20 12:25

The Queensland Beekeepers' Association says many honey producers have been forced to hand feed their insects to keep them alive after an unprecedented combination of drought and bushfires.

Graziers call for more research into grasshoppers after two year of damage

Wed, 2020-05-20 09:44

Western Queensland graziers are still looking for answers to control grasshoppers after two years of widespread damage to pastures.

Brisbane woman with COVID-19 'most likely' caught it in India two months ago

Wed, 2020-05-20 09:18

Health authorities in Queensland are trying to understand how a woman in Brisbane acquired COVID-19 because she tested positive two months after returning from overseas.

Coalmine can go ahead as long as it pays to protect koalas and gliders

Wed, 2020-05-20 07:51

A proposed new open-cut mine will generate more than $5bn in royalties for the Queensland Government, but conservationists say if it gets built it will destroy thousands of hectares of wildlife habitat.

WTO tariff action on barley won't be easy — just ask the sugar industry

Wed, 2020-05-20 07:46

Australian barley growers pinning their hopes on a tariff resolution with China through the World Trade Organization could face a frustrating process, as the sugar industry has found.

Mothers rejoice and prepare to reconnect as antenatal classes restart

Wed, 2020-05-20 07:27

Expectant mums feel relieved they can better prepare for births as some antenatal classes resume in South Australia.

'Feeling helpless and hopeless': Youth suicides spur 19yo to found two support groups

Wed, 2020-05-20 06:37

Riley Pustak says a lack of services to help young people experiencing mental health issues in his rural Queensland town inspired him to start Green Space and Youthinc Emerald 1825.

Miners partner with government to send royalties to Queensland regions

Wed, 2020-05-20 06:24

The Queensland Government and a group of mining companies have partnered to provide $100 million over three years for regional projects like skate parks, bike paths and pools.

Dirty Darling reaches mighty Murray for first time in two years, so what now?

Wed, 2020-05-20 06:00

If you are on the coast you could be forgiven for being distracted but there is a pretty big deal trickling its way through the desert. Get caught up.

New mums describe 'terrifying' experience being pregnant during global health emergency

Wed, 2020-05-20 05:47

The Stillbirth Centre of Research Excellence hopes to survey 10,000 new mums around the world to examine the cracks they might fall through when pregnant during a health emergency.

Referees standing firm against the NRL as deadline looms

Tue, 2020-05-19 17:31

Silvio Del Vecchio says the NRL restart will go ahead next week, but not before the Fair Work Commission decides the role referees will play.

Court hears some members of 'close-knit family group' grew $20 million cannabis crop

Tue, 2020-05-19 17:18

A north Queensland man who cultivated a large-scale cannabis crop acknowledges he "messed up big time".

Police video of 8,000 cannabis plants found near Mackay

Tue, 2020-05-19 17:18
The plants, worth upward of $20 million, were found at Calen and destroyed by police.