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Archive for December, 2019
Two dead, five missing as Australia burns

Australia’s military has been called in to help with evacuations in devastated areas of Victoria as two people died fighting bushfires in NSW. December 31, 2019 A father and son have died and five people are missing as deadly bushfires force thousands of people to shelter on beaches and the military is called to help […]

Two dead, five missing as bushfires rage

The deaths of a father and son trying to defend their home on the NSW south coast takes the national bushfire toll to 13. December 31, 2019 With Robyn Wuth A father and son have died and another five people are still missing as catastrophic bushfires rage across the country, spreading “faster and further” than […]

Fire crews brace for extreme NYE fire risk

As more than 150 bushfires continue to rage in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, firefighters brace for another day of extreme fire conditions. December 31, 2019 Firefighters across southern Australia are bracing for another day of extreme fire conditions with gusty winds and scorching temperatures predicted for New Year’s Eve. More than 150 bushfires […]

Firefighters face wall of flame

A firefighting emergency is gripping southern Australia as bushfires continue to burn out of control, with multiple emergency warnings in place. December 30, 2019 Fire crews are battling catastrophic fire dangers in Victoria with flames leaping 20 metres into the air and massive smoke columns creating thundery lightning storms. Multiple emergency alerts have been issued […]

Man bitten by shark on Great Barrier Reef

A man is being treated for minor injuries after being bitten by a shark off an island in the Great Barrier Reef. December 30, 2019 A shovelnose shark attack in shallow waters on the Great Barrier Reef has sent a man to hospital. The man, aged in his 30s, suffered minor injuries to his right hand […]

Eels winger Sivo barred from leaving Fiji

Parramatta Eels winger Maika Sivo has been granted bail by a Fiji court but banned from leaving the country after an alleged incident at a hotel in Nadi. December 30, 2019 Parramatta Eels winger Maiko Sivo has been banned from leaving Fiji after he allegedly grabbed a female resort worker around the stomach while blind […]

Search ends for man missing in Daintree

Police have suspended the search for a missing Victorian man who walked away from his bogged ute in North Queensland eight days ago. December 30, 2019 An eight-day search for a missing Victorian man who bogged his ute in North Queensland’s Daintree rainforest has been suspended. Milan Lemic, 25, disappeared on December 22 after his […]

Search for Qld jetski rider continues

Police hope to find a missing Queensland man, whose jetski was found drifting off the Gold Coast, alive as a massive air and sea search continues. December 30, 2019 Rescuers hope to bring a missing Queensland man, whose jetski was found drifting off the Gold Coast, “home alive” as a massive air and sea search continues. […]

Police praise Qld motorists for safe Xmas

Queenslanders have been praised for driving safely over the Christmas break after police recorded a drop in drink driving and traffic accidents causing injury. December 27, 2019 Police have praised Queenslanders for driving safely during Christmas, with just one death recorded on the state’s roads and a drop in drink driving.  However, they’re looking ahead […]

Christmas lightning storms zap Queensland

More than 600,000 bolts of lightning slammed into Queensland over the Christmas period causing widespread power outages, Energex says. December 26, 2019 Thunderstorms have unleashed 620,000 bolts of lightning on Queensland over Christmas, causing widespread power outages but no significant injuries. Energex crews were kept busy on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day restoring power to […]

Brisbane’s ‘Xmas orphans’ gather for lunch
Brisbane's 'Xmas orphans' gather for lunch

Wesley Mission volunteers in Brisbane have served ham, prawns and plum puddings as “Michael Buble and Mariah Carey wannabes” sang karaoke Christmas carols. December 25, 2019 Brisbane’s “Christmas Day orphans” have gathered to share a festive meal and sing away loneliness at Wesley Mission. Volunteers served ham, prawns and plum puddings to about 150 smiling […]

Search resumes for man missing in Daintree

Police will resume searching for a missing Victorian man who walked away from his bogged ute in North Queensland’s Daintree rainforest four days ago. December 25, 2019 The search for a barefoot Victorian man who went missing after bogging his ute in North Queensland’s crocodile-infested Daintree rainforest is set to resume, with fears for his […]

Qld firefighters find time for Xmas cheer

Queensland firefighters remain on the job throughout the holiday season, but that doesn’t mean they’re missing out on Christmas Day lunch. December 25, 2019 With more than 40 bushfires burning across Queensland, it’s business as usual on Christmas Day for firefighters across the state. But that doesn’t mean they’ll miss out on the festivities. Firefighters […]

Crocs too small to take missing man-police

Police searching for a missing Victorian man, whose ute became bogged in Queensland’s Daintree rainforest, say it’s unlikely he’s been taken by a crocodile. December 24, 2019 Rescuers searching for a missing Victorian man, who bogged his ute in North Queensland’s Daintree rainforest, say it’s unlikely he’s fallen prey to the small crocodiles inhabiting the […]

Croc unlikely to have taken missing man

Police searching for a missing Victorian man, whose ute became bogged in Queensland’s Daintree rainforest, say it’s unlikely he’s been taken by a crocodile. December 24, 2019 Rescuers searching for a missing Victorian man, whose bogged ute has been found in North Queensland’s Daintree rainforest, say it’s unlikely he’s fallen prey to a crocodile. Milan […]

Church leaders concern over ‘dark times’

Church leaders have urged Australians to find hope in the Christmas message as they face drought, corruption, political inaction and natural disasters. Decembers 24, 2019 Church leaders have used their annual Christmas messages to voice their concerns about the “dark times” confronting many Australians. Drought, corruption, political inaction on climate change and natural disasters were […]

Hunt on for man missing in croc-country

Police searching for a missing Victorian man who bogged his ute in Queensland’s crocodile-infested Daintree rainforest say they’re hopeful he’s still alive. December 24, 2019 Rescuers are hopeful a missing Victorian man who bogged his ute in North Queensland’s crocodile-infested Daintree rainforest will be found alive. Milan Lemic, 25, was last seen at Bairds Crossing […]

Search on for man missing in croc-country

Police will resume searching for a missing Victorian man amid fears he may have been taken by a crocodile after bogging his ute in North Queensland. December 24, 2019 The search for a missing Victorian man who bogged his ute in North Queensland’s crocodile-infested Daintree rainforest is set to resume, with police fearing for his […]

Vic man missing in croc-infested Nth Qld

Police fear a missing Victorian man may have been taken by a crocodile after bogging his ute in North Queensland’s Daintree rainforest. December 23, 2019 A Victorian man has gone missing in North Queensland’s crocodile-infested Daintree rainforest after bogging his ute, with police fearing for his safety. Milan Lemic, 25, was last seen at Bairds […]

Xmas gifts worth $980m will go to waste

More than seven million Australians don’t expect to use some of the Christmas gifts they receive this year, representing a wastage of about $980 million. December 23, 2019 Almost a billion dollars will be wasted on Christmas gifts this year, a survey has found.  More than seven million Australians say they don’t expect to use […]

Qld man jailed for killing sick wife

A mentally ill Queensland man who fatally stabbed his sick wife to end her suffering from lifelong back pain has been jailed for nine years. December 20, 2019 A severely depressed Brisbane man brutally stabbed his sick wife to death to end her lifelong suffering then said he loved her as he kissed her goodbye. […]

Life term for Qld drug dealer over murder

A Queensland man who admitted helping to cover-up a killing has been found guilty of murdering his friend, a fellow drug dealer. December 20, 2019 A Queensland drug dealer has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murdering his friend, then burying him in a shallow grave in a pine forest. […]

Man jailed for killing lover’s husband

A Queensland man who fatally stabbed his lover’s jealous de facto husband during a booze-fuelled fistfight over the affair has been jailed for eight years. December 19, 2019 A Brisbane man who fatally stabbed his lover’s jealous partner during an alcohol-fuelled fistfight over the affair he was having with the man’s de facto wife has […]

Man fatally stabbed lover’s jealous hubby

A Queensland man fatally stabbed his lover’s jealous de facto husband during a fistfight over the affair he was having with the man’s partner, a court heard. December 19, 2019 A Brisbane man fatally stabbed his lover’s jealous partner during an alcohol-fuelled fistfight over the affair he was having with the man’s de facto wife, […]

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