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Archive for February, 2019
Qld man ‘disappears’ in Egyptian prison

A Brisbane man held without charge in a Cairo prison was due to be released but failed to appear, his family say. February 22, 2019 Concern is growing for a Brisbane man who’s not been seen since Egyptian authorities agreed to free him from a Cairo prison, where he has been held without charge for […]

Four Qld teens ill from unknown drug

Four teenagers at a Gold Coast high school have taken ill from an unknown substance, requiring paramedics to be called three times during the same day. February 15, 2019 Paramedics were called to a Gold Coast high school three times in one day after four girls became ill from an unknown prescription drug. It’s not […]

Coalmine dust victims want support fund

A victims’ group has protested at BHP’s Brisbane office to push for a fund to help workers suffering from diseases caused by dust from coal mines. February 15, 2019 Queensland mineworkers have protested outside BHP’s Brisbane offices to demand more assistance for black lung and silicosis sufferers. The Mine Dust Diseases Victims Group wants a […]

Queensland lawyer lied under oath to ASIC

A Queensland lawyer has pleaded guilty to misleading the corporate watchdog while under oath during an investigation into a failed takeover bid. February 15, 2019 A Queensland lawyer has admitted she misled the corporate regulator while under oath during an investigation into Gold Coast childcare giant G8 Education. Mary-Anne Greaves, of Cairns, pleaded guilty in Brisbane Magistrates’ Court […]

Coalmine dust victims want support fund

A victims’ group has protested at BHP’s Brisbane office to push for a fund to help workers suffering from diseases caused by dust from coal mines. February 15, 2019 Queensland mineworkers have protested outside BHP’s Brisbane offices to demand more assistance for black lung and silicosis sufferers. The Mine Dust Diseases Victims Group wants a […]

Coalmine dust victims want BHP fund

A victims group will visit the BHP Billiton office in Brisbane as it pushes for a fund to help workers suffering from diseases caused by dust from coal mines. February 15, 2019 Coalmine dust disease victims are planning to confront BHP to ask for a fund to be established for black lung and silicosis sufferers. […]

Queensland floods decimate native wildlife

North Queensland’s massive floods have decimated livestock but on grazier Harry Batt’s property, it’s the native wildlife that’s been hit hardest. February 15, 2019 Cattleman Harry Batt has been belted harder than most by north Queensland’s devastating floods. But it’s not the death of 70 per cent of his cattle that’s shocked the lifelong grazier most. […]

Coalmine dust victims want support fund

A victims’ group has protested at BHP’s Brisbane office to push for a fund to help workers suffering from diseases caused by dust from coal mines. February 15, 2019 Queensland mineworkers have protested outside BHP’s Brisbane offices to demand more assistance for black lung and silicosis sufferers. The Mine Dust Diseases Victims Group wants a […]

A flood so vast it creates its own weather

Queensland’s flooded Flinders River is so wide it’s generated a thunderstorm. February 14, 2019 North Queensland’s once-in-a-century flooding has caused death, disease and heartbreak, now the vast inland sea has triggered a violent thunderstorm. Luckily the freakish storm formed in an isolated area about 200 kilometres south of Normanton and ran out of puff before it hit […]

Qld floods, carcasses elevate disease risk

Queenslanders in flood-affected areas are being warned of the risks of infection from thousands of cattle carcasses and soil-borne bacteria. February 14, 2019 Hundreds of thousands of putrefying cattle carcasses and a soil-borne bacteria stirred up by heavily contaminated floodwaters have ramped up the disease risk in north Queensland. One woman has died and nine people […]

A flood so vast it creates its own weather

Queensland’s flooded Flinders River is so wide it’s generated a thunderstorm. February 14, 2019 North Queensland’s once-in-a-century flooding has caused death, disease and heartbreak, now the vast inland sea has triggered a violent thunderstorm. Luckily the freakish storm formed in an isolated area about 200 kilometres south of Normanton and ran out of puff before it hit […]

Disease risk grows after Qld floods

Queenslanders in flood-affected areas are being warned to be careful due to the risk of infection from thousands of cattle carcasses and a soil-borne bacteria. February 13, 2019 One woman has died and nine people remain seriously ill after receding floodwaters following Queensland’s once-in-a-century monsoonal deluge exposed people in Townsville to disease. With the flood […]

Race on to bury Qld flood cattle carcasses

Hundreds of thousands of dead cattle carcasses pose a health risk to rural communities following Queensland’s once-in-a-century floods. February 13, 2019 Receding floodwaters following Queensland’s once-in-a-century monsoonal deluge have left authorities racing to dispose of hundreds of thousands of dead animals that are posing a health risk. Cattle, sheep and wildlife perished in the unprecedented two-week […]

Qld man jailed for fatal punch on father

A Queensland man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for unlawfully striking his father and causing his death in Brisbane in 2016. February 13, 2019 It took just 10 seconds for Morgan Alexander Isles-English to end his abusive father’s life with a single blow to the head after his dad didn’t recognise him. […]

Qld floods kills third person, one missing

The once-in-a-century floods in north Queensland have claimed another life, as authorities race to dispose of hundreds of thousands of dead animals. February 12, 2019 Queensland’s once-in-a-century monsoonal deluge has claimed another life. In Townsville, where floodwaters inundated thousands of homes and businesses, melioidosis has infected 10 people, killing one, Queensland Health says. The disease stems from […]

Stock losses could sink Qld graziers

Flooded Queensland graziers fear they may go under financially after a once-in-a-century monsoonal deluge swamped stations killing thousands of head of cattle. February 12, 2019 Exhausted graziers have been left with a grizzly clean-up after receding floodwaters in north Queensland left behind hundreds of thousands of rotting cattle carcasses. But it’s not the bodies lying […]

Clues to woman’s gun death elude Qld cops

Police investigating the suspicious shooting death of a woman south of Brisbane has been unable to establish when she was killed or find the weapon. February 11, 2019 Detectives are no closer to solving the suspicious death of a woman who was shot in the head at a property south of Brisbane. Police found the […]

No bail for Qld hoax airport bomb suspect

A man who allegedly pulled out a knife and made a bomb threat at the Brisbane International Airport, causing it to be evacuated has appeared in court. February 11, 2019 A man who allegedly caused the evacuation of Brisbane International Airport after whipping out a knife and claiming he had a bomb has been remanded […]

Concern grows for Qld man held in Egypt

The family of a Queensland man held without charge for more than a year in appalling conditions in an Egyptian prison fear for his health. February 10, 2019 When Brisbane man Hazem Hamouda landed in Egypt for a dream holiday with his Australian-born family, he never imagined it would land him in prison. The devoted […]

North Queensland flood damage bill rising

Waterlogged Townsville is cleaning up as graziers come to grips with massive cattle losses after flooding devastated large swathes of Queensland. February 9, 2019 Mopping up after Queensland’s once-in-a-century deluge is well underway in flood-ravaged Townsville but inland, communities remain cut off by the water. The unprecedented two-week weather event has dumped more than a year’s […]

Police probed over deaths of father, bub

It’s been revealed police intercepted a Queensland man on the same day he and his baby son were reported missing. Both were found dead days later. February 8, 2019 A Queensland man found dead in a car with his baby boy was pulled over by police on the same day the child’s mother reported them […]

Flooded Qld graziers face massive losses

Floodwaters have swamped vast swathes of northwest Queensland, killing cattle in their thousands and leaving entire herds isolated and facing starvation. February 8, 2019 Drought-ravaged Queensland graziers could lose half their herds after a once-in-a-century monsoon dumped three years of rain in just ten days. Floodwaters have swamped properties from Mount Isa to Charters Towers and […]

Qld floods leave hundreds homeless

Homeless Queensland families could face months of waiting for their flood-damaged homes to be repaired following 10 days of catastrophic flooding in Townsville. February 8, 2019 Hundreds of people remain holed up in Townsville evacuation centres as authorities race to find emergency accommodation for families whose homes were destroyed by floods. Elsewhere in the north Queensland […]

Townsville damage bill $124m and rising

The damage bill from Townsville’s floods is $124 million and rising, with 250 homes uninhabitable so far and more than 700 others severely damaged. February 7, 2019 The cost of catastrophic flooding in Townsville continues to rise with 250 houses uninhabitable and another 750 severely damaged. Some 200 people were still in evacuation centres on […]

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