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Archive for November, 2020
International students return to Australia

More than 60 international students from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam, and Indonesia have landed in Australia, the first to arrive here in eight months. November 30, 2020 The first international students have touched down in Australia since the coronavirus pandemic began, with more set to follow. A charter flight carrying 63 students from China, […]

Qld crocodile app to make waterways safer

People living near Queensland’s crocodile-infested waterways are set to be safer with the launch of a new mobile phone app that tracks the dangerous reptiles. November 27, 2020 Queenslanders living in crocodile country are set to be safer with a snappy new app that tracks the dangerous reptiles as they move through waterways. The Qwildlife […]

Bushfire closes Fraser Island to tourists

Queensland’s world heritage-listed Fraser Island will close to tourists from 5pm on Friday as a six-week-old bushfire continues to test firefighters. November 27, 2020 Tourists have been ordered to stay away from Queensland’s world heritage-listed Fraser Island as a massive bushfire continues to test firefighters. The six-week-old blaze – which has burned through 74,000 hectares – […]

Bat disease warning for North Queensland

People in far north Queensland have been warned to stay clear of flying foxes as the risk of bites and scratches soars through the breeding season. November 27, 2020 Queenslanders have been warned to stay clear of disease-carrying bats as the risk of bites and scratches soars through the summer months. It’s currently breeding season […]

La Nina ramps up Great Barrier Reef risks

This year’s La Nina weather pattern has pumped up the risk of extreme weather events damaging Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef over summer. November 26, 2020 Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef is staring down the barrel of another tough summer as this year’s La Nina weather pattern pumps up the risk of damage from extreme weather events. […]

Alleged Qld ‘crime enablers’ nabbed by CCC

Three men and a woman have been charged with money laundering after an investigation into a sophisticated crime network involving a Brisbane law firm. November 25, 2020 Three men and one woman have been charged with money laundering and fraud after an investigation into a sophisticated organised crime network involving a Brisbane law firm. The […]

Scam warning for boozy Xmas shoppers

Online Christmas shoppers have been warned about the dangers of drinking and clicking after a survey found they could be opening the door to would-be scammers. November 25, 2020 Online Christmas shoppers have been warned not to drink and click after a survey found they were more likely to fall victim to internet scams than […]

Kakadu ants help rehab at NT uranium mine

Scientists are studying Kakadu National Park ants to build a picture of what the Ranger uranium mine site should become once rehabilitation work is completed. November 25, 2020 An army of ants is set to help rehabilitation efforts at the Northern Territory’s controversial Ranger uranium mine site. The mine – which is surrounded by Kakadu […]

Qld business buoyed by border reopening

Business lobby groups say relaxing Queensland’s COVID-19 border restrictions will give businesses much-needed confidence heading into Christmas. November 24, 2020 Queensland businesses are breathing a sigh of relief after the Palaszczuk government announced it would relax the state’s COVID-19 border restrictions. From December 1, all residents of NSW will be allowed to travel to the […]

Two children dead, car flips into Qld dam

Two children have died after they were trapped underwater in a car that rolled at high-speed into southeast Queensland’s Wyaralong Dam. November 23, 2020 Two children have died, trapped inside their family’s semi-submerged car after it crashed through a barrier and flipped upside down into southeast Queensland’s Wyaralong Dam. Four other family members escaped the […]

Qld man jailed for child abuse photos

A repeat child exploitation offender who avoided jail time after being caught with more than 1500 child abuse images has been re-sentenced in Queensland. November 20, 2020 A repeat offender who avoided jail in Queensland after being caught with more than 1500 child abuse photos has been re-sentenced to time behind bars. Dennis Gerard Brincat, […]

Qld brawl murder accused granted bail

One of the 13 men accused of murdering a teenager during a vicious Brisbane brawl sat in a car during the alleged attack, a court has been told. November 19, 2020 A former refugee accused of murdering a Brisbane teenager during a vicious brawl didn’t take part in the allegedly violent attack, a court has […]

Extortion accused ex-Block star bailed

Former reality TV contestant and Penthouse cover girl Suzi Taylor has been granted bail on 107 charges, including extortion, deprivation of liberty and assault. November 19, 2020 A reality TV contestant and former Penthouse cover girl accused of beating up and ripping off a sex client is set to be released from prison on bail, […]

Australian scientists make instant diamonds

The billion-year wait for the perfect diamond is over after an Australian-led scientific team discovered how to make a “girl’s best friend” in minutes. November 19, 2020 The billion-year wait for the perfect sparkler is over after an Australian-led scientific team discovered how to make diamonds in minutes. The process is thought to take an […]

Qld COVID breach trio in court over Vic lie

The young women accused of making false statements on their Queensland border declarations after travelling to COVID-19 -ravaged Victoria return to court. November 18, 2020 One of the young women believed to have sparked Queensland’s largest COVID-19 outbreak wants police to handover body-worn camera footage linked to her arrest after returning from hotspot Victoria. Olivia […]

Deadly Qld brawl murder accused face court

The mother of a former refugee who was stabbed and bashed in a Brisbane brawl says her family fled to Australia to escape violence not fall victim to it. November 16, 2020 The mother of a former refugee wounded during a deadly Brisbane brawl says her family fled South Sudan to escape violence not fall […]

SA warned more community COVID likely

South Australians have been warned to expect more COVID-19 cases in the community after a quarantine worker infected two family members. November 16, 2020 South Australians have been warned that a COVID-19 cluster that broke out in the community after a quarantine worker infected family members is likely to grow. Three new locally-acquired virus cases were diagnosed […]

Nine NSW COVID quarantine cases diagnosed

NSW has reported nine new COVID-19 diagnoses in hotel quarantine as the state’s week-long stretch without a locally transmitted case continues. November 15, 2020 Nine overseas travellers in NSW hotel quarantine have been diagnosed with COVID-19 as authorities detect more virus traces in sewage. There are 72 active coronavirus cases across the state with health […]

WA warns Morrison over relaxing borders

Premier Mark McGowan says he will close Western Australia’s borders again if the Commonwealth government lifts restrictions for international travellers. November 15, 2020 Western Australia has warned it won’t hesitate to slam its border shut again if the Morrison government relaxes restrictions on international travellers. It comes as hundreds of people continue to stream into […]

Three COVID cases detected in SA community

Three new cases of locally acquired COVID-19 have been diagnosed in South Australia after a worker from a quarantine hotel infected family members. November 15, 2020 South Australia has three new cases of locally-acquired COVID-19 after a worker from a quarantine hotel infected family members. An 80-year-old woman was diagnosed on Saturday after she went […]

Queensland LNP new shadow cabinet revealed

Liberal National Party leader David Crisafulli has announced his new shadow cabinet, saying the next election will be fought on the economy. November 15, 2020 The Queensland Liberal National Party has revealed its new shadow cabinet with leader David Crisafulli saying the next election will be fought on the economy. Mr Crisafulli said his new team […]

Firefighters battling Fraser Island blaze

Firefighters are preparing to defend two townships on Queensland’s Fraser Island as a massive bushfire slowly marches south. November 15, 2020 Firefighters battling a massive month-old bushfire in a remote area of Queensland’s Fraser Island are preparing to defend two townships. The fire is burning on multiple fronts 1.2km north of Cathedrals Beach and heading south-southwest, […]

Qld vigilante charged for chasing thieves

A Queensland vigilante has been charged after he chased down a stolen car at high speed on the wrong side of the road. November 15, 2020 A Queensland vigilante who drove his car at high speed on the wrong side of the road in a bid to chase down a stolen car has been charged. […]

Qld set to bake with heatwave forecast

Queenslanders are set to sizzle as a heatwave brings temperatures up to 10C above average to southern and central parts of the state. November 13, 2020 Queenslanders are set to swelter as a heatwave brings soaring temperatures to much of the state. Temperatures will peak up to 10C above average in southern and central areas from […]

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