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Archive for November, 2018
RSPCA raids puppy farm in Queensland

The RSPCA has seized 110 Bull Terrier dogs and puppies living in atrocious conditions from a puppy farm in central Queensland. November 30, 2018 More than 100 Bull Terrier dogs and puppies living in “appalling conditions” have been seized after RSPCA raided a puppy farm in central Queensland. Inspectors raided a property north-west of Gladstone […]

Qld man gets life for murdering ex-lover

A Queensland man who murdered his former lover two weeks after she took a temporary protection order out against him will spend life in prison. November 30, 2018 A jealous Queensland man who cut his former lover’s throat two weeks after she was granted a temporary protection order against him will spend life in prison […]

Horror Queensland bushfire crisis rages on

Firefighters in Queensland are battling 140 fires across the state in “unimaginable conditions” with no end in sight; two houses and two cabins have been lost. November 30, 2018 There is no end in sight to the bushfire crisis in Queensland, with severe heatwave conditions forecast to spread across the state. Thousands of people have […]

Bushfires threatening Qld’s Broken River

Residents are evacuating as a large bushfire heads towards the town of Broken River, west of Mackay. November 29, 2018 Locals in Broken River have been ringed by fire for days but thought they’d be alright, because they didn’t think it would burn through the rainforest. Now they have been told to leave as wildfire races […]

Bushfires threatening Qld’s Broken River

Residents are evacuating as a large bushfire heads towards the town of Broken River, west of Mackay. November 29, 2018 Broken River has been ringed by fire for days but now residents are being told to leave as wildfire races towards the tiny Queensland community best known as a place to view platypus. The rural […]

Qld fruit growers stay to battle bushfire

A Queensland fruit grower and his staff are preparing to battle a massive bushfire at Deepwater as authorities urgently warn his neighbours to evacuate. November 28, 2018 A Queensland fruit grower is preparing to battle a massive bushfire racing towards his orchard at Deepwater as authorities urgently warn his neighbours they need to evacuate if […]

Qld heatwave decimates bat population

Flying foxes are dying by the thousands in far north Queensland as a record-breaking heatwave blasts the region. November 28, 2018 Thousands of heat-stressed bats are dropping from trees and creating a health hazard in far north Queensland, as a record-breaking heatwave blasts the region. About 3500 flying foxes are estimated to have perished since […]

Qld fruit growers stay to battle bushfire

A Queensland fruit grower and his staff are preparing to battle a massive bushfire at Deepwater as authorities urgently warn his neighbours to evacuate. November 28, 2018 A Queensland fruit grower is preparing to battle a massive bushfire racing towards his orchard at Deepwater as authorities urgently warn his neighbours they need to evacuate if […]

Qld Boxing Day spat ends in shotgun attack

Two Queensland brothers attacked a family on the Gold Coast after a Boxing Day dispute over a parked car escalated, a court has heard. November 27, 2018 Two Gold Coast brothers allegedly attacked a family with a shotgun and metal pole after a Boxing Day spat over a pink car parked in front of a […]

Evangelist raped choir girls: prosecutor

A church leader accused of abusing kids while they were at his home for choir practice has pleaded not guilty to 18 charges. November 27, 2018 A Queensland evangelist exploited his leadership position at a Pentecostal church to allegedly rape young choir girls in this care, a court has heard. Shartiel Nibigira, 43, has pleaded […]

Queensland’s north bakes in extreme heat

An extreme heatwave in Queensland’s north is expected to push temperatures much higher than average for the next week. November 27, 2018 Queensland’s north will continue to bake this week as temperature records topple. Proserpine recorded a record 44.9C on Monday – 13 above the November average. At Cairns airport the mercury hit a record […]

Flatmate recalls Annette Mason’s murder

A Queensland woman has recalled the night a Toowoomba teenager Annette Mason was murdered in 1989 at an inquest into her death. November 23, 2018 A Queensland woman has recalled the night 29 years ago when Toowoomba teenager Annette Mason was raped and brutally murdered. The 15-year-old victim was bashed across the face, possibly with […]

Evidence mounts in Qld murder inquest

An inquest has heard that a man watched Queensland teenager Annette Mason’s rape and murder from a cupboard in her bedroom in 1989. November 23, 2018 Annette Mason’s unsolved rape and murder in 1989 was watched from a Toowoomba cupboard, a Queensland inquest has heard. The 15-year-old was raped and fatally bashed after a night […]

Qld woman suspected lover of Mason murder

A Queensland woman says she always suspected her former lover was involved in teenager Annette Mason’s brutal murder 29 years ago. November 23, 2018 The former lover of a Queensland man who is a person-of-interest in the Annette Mason murder investigation always suspected he was involved, an inquest has heard. Annette was raped and brutally […]

Dreamworld emergency stop button ‘a risk’

The former head of the Dreamworld engineering department says an emergency stop button that completely shut the ride could be a hazard. November 22, 2018 Dreamworld’s former engineering boss has questioned whether a single emergency stop button should have been installed onto a ride that later killed four people.  Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, her brother […]

No room for backup: Dreamworld engineer

The former head of the Dreamworld engineering department didn’t bother fitting a backup water pump for the Thunder River Rapids ride, an inquest has heard. November 22, 2018 Dreamworld’s former engineering boss did not consider installing a backup water pump on a ride that later killed four people despite other theme parks doing it for their […]

Dreamworld top engineer didn’t see problem

The former head of Dreamworld’s engineering department didn’t consider modifications to the Thunder River Rapids ride conveyor a safety risk. November 22, 2018 The former “oracle” of Dreamworld’s engineering department didn’t consider major modifications to the Thunder River Rapids ride a safety risk, an inquest into four deaths on the attraction has been told. The […]

Prime suspect to appear at Mason inquest

A man alleged to have repeatedly confessed to fatally bashing Queensland teenager Annette Mason is expected appear at an inquest into her death. November 22, 2018 A man accused of drunkenly confessing to fatally bludgeoning a Queensland teenager 29-years ago is to appear at an inquest into her death. Annette Mason, 15, was bashed across […]

McQueen had blood on his clothes: witness

An inquest into the death of Queensland teenager Annette Mason has heard a man who allegedly confessed to killing her turned up with blood on his clothes. November 21, 2018 A man who allegedly made multiple confessions to fatally bashing Queensland teenager Annette Mason was seen with blood on his jeans around the time of […]

Inquest told of Annette’s last hours

An inquest into the death of Queensland teen Annette Mason has heard a man who allegedly confessed to killing her was with her hours before. November 21, 2018 A Queensland man alleged to have repeatedly confessed to bashing Annette Mason was with the teenager the night she died in 1989, an inquest has heard. A […]

Some like it hot but not hogs: study

Tropical heat is no good for pigs’ love lives, a new study has found, and it could have an enormous impact on global food security. November 21, 2018 Hot steamy nights may be great for human sex lives but they’re bad for pig breeding, with a new study finding heat stress can lead to a […]

Baby’s Qld beach death autopsy expected

The autopsy results for a baby girl found lifeless on the beach at Surfers Paradise are expected to be completed, with her homeless parents in police custody. November 20, 2018 Details of the final moments of a nine-month-old girl whose body was found on a Gold Coast beach should become clearer when autopsy results are […]

Qld body donors’ graves left derelict
Qld body donors' graves left derelict

A Queensland woman says more respect needs to be shown for bodies donated to science after discovering her mother was buried in a derelict unmarked grave. November 19, 2018 A Queensland woman who searched for her mother’s remains for more than 40 years before finding them in a derelict unmarked grave says more respect needs […]

Fresh lead in hunt for Qld beach killer

Homicide detectives investigating the death of Toyah Cordingley say they have fresh leads after searching a Cairns suburb on the weekend. November 19, 2018 Police investigating the slaying of slain Queensland woman Toyah Cordingley say they have fresh leads after searching a Cairns suburb. The young pharmacy worker was last seen at Rusty’s Markets in the […]

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