Rugby Union

Waratahs win inaugural Super W grand final in golden point thriller

New South Wales 16-13 Queensland at Allianz StadiumCaptain Ash Hewson kicks winning penalty in 92nd minuteCaptain Ash Hewson has landed an after-the-siren extra-time penalty goal to give NSW a dramatic 16-13 win in the inaugural Super W women’s rugby fi

Australia

Recycling row: China's ban stokes trade fears amid concerns councils will follow Ipswich's lead

Calls for state governments to invest in long-term recycling and sustainable waste solutions• Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon The body representing Australian councils is urging the federal government to take seriously

Australia

Ipswich axes kerbside recycling that would cost residents a 'few extra dollars per week'

Queensland council’s mayor, Andrew Antoniolli, says every other council will feel brunt of China’s recycling crackdown• Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noonThe mayor of Ipswich city council, Andrew Antoniolli, has warned

Australia

Researchers forced to sell chocolates to save Queensland 'punk' turtle from extinction

Recovery plan for threatened Mary river turtle and other species drafted in 2013 but never approved• Sign up to receive the top stories every morningConservationists trying to save the Mary river turtle have had to resort to selling turtle chocolates an

Australia

How 'short-term politics' is putting the brakes on Brisbane's public transport

The two public transport projects are designed to work together, unlike the federal and Queensland governmentsTogether they are Brisbane’s most significant public transport projects – two plans to prevent river bottlenecks for city buses and trains.Th

Australia

Great Barrier Reef: 30% of coral died in 'catastrophic' 2016 heatwave

Report chronicles ‘mass mortality’, the extent and severity of which has shocked scientists • Sign up to receive the top stories every morningScientists have chronicled the “mass mortality” of corals on the Great Barrier Reef, in a new report th

Australia

Clive Palmer tries to halt Queensland Nickel legal action over 'abuse of process'

The former MP says he offered to settle the debts of the company, which collapsed owing about $300m• Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon Clive Palmer says he once offered to pay the debts of Queensland Nickel and that he wi

Australia

Couchsurfers at greater risk of suicide and self-harm than those on street, study suggests

Couchsurfers in Brisbane twice as likely to describe their mental health as poor than those sleeping roughYoung couchsurfers report having worse mental health and greater risk of suicide and self-harm than those sleeping on the streets, a study has found.

Australia

Liquidators sent in as Nangus whisky and beef investment schemes sour

Concerns about welfare of 261 abandoned cattle cited as Asic obtains court order• Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noonConcerns about the welfare of a herd of 261 cattle abandoned on a Queensland farm as part of a failed inve

Australia

Explosion heard before 'suspicious' Brisbane house fire that left three dead

Neighbours say they smelled fuel and heard a cry for help at Everton Hills property where bodies of two women and a man were foundNeighbours have reported smelling fuel as an explosion and fire tore through a Brisbane home early on Tuesday, killing three

Australia

Commonwealth Games closing ceremony: Peter Beattie apologises for debacle

Broadcasters furious they were unable to show athletes entering the stadium, while spectators rushed the exits during endless speechesCommonwealth Games organisers have apologised after stinging criticism on social media of Sunday night’s closing ceremo

Australia

Crab fishing, dot paintings and Mossman Gorge: covering the real Queensland

Tourists flock to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree but there’s more to learn about tropical north Queensland – particularly its Indigenous cultureI caught my first crab on the tidal mudflats of Cooya beach in far north Queensland. The beach is

Australia

Cruise ship death not suspicious, police say

47-year-old Brisbane mother was with her husband before she was lost overboard on ThursdayThe death of a woman who fell overboard from the Pacific Dawn cruise ship was not accidental but the tragic end to what should have been a memorable family holiday,

Energy

States threaten to call off energy deal if renewables undermined

Queensland and Victoria hedge bets about national energy guarantee, saying they won’t compromise on keeping strong renewables targets The Queensland and Victorian governments are hedging their bets about the Turnbull government’s national energy guara

Australia

First Dog on the Moon's guide to Australia's urban stereotypes

Melbourne’s obsessed with Sydney, Sydney’s obsessed with real estate, Brisbane is oblivious to them both. And then there’s eastern Australia ... See the whole Australian cities week series hereSign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons

Australia

Wild-caught Queensland prawns off the sustainable seafood menu

Non-farmed bugs and scallops also listed as red in latest conservation guideWild-caught Queensland prawns, bugs and scallops will be off the menu if consumers heed warnings about unsustainable fishing practices from conservationists.The shellfish varietie

Boxing

Commonwealth Games 2018: Australian immigration officials ramp up search for eight Cameroonian athletes AWOL from athletes’ village

AUSSIE immigration authorities are searching for eight Cameroonian athletes who have gone missing from the Commonwealth Games. The three weightlifters and five boxers have been reported to the Queensland police by their own team officials. It is not the f

Australia

The Gold Coast: the sun-drenched sin city that wants to shine

Famed for parties, brawls and bikini-clad meter maids, Australia’s Vegas is more dynamic than its mythology suggests – and it’s on the upPristine beaches stretching for 70km, enviable weather, world heritage-listed Gondwana rainforests, and enough b

Australia

Tree clearing not urban sprawl wiping out koalas in Queensland, WWF says

Analysis shows 94% of the 5,000 estimated koala deaths due to habitat loss from 2012 to 2016 occurred outside the state’s heavily developed south-eastEnvironmentalists estimate that tree clearing in regional and rural Queensland is now 15 times more des

Energy

Linc Energy guilty of causing serious environmental harm

Water in Queensland’s Darling Downs was polluted so much it was unfit for stock, court hearsA failed Queensland energy company has been found guilty of causing serious environmental harm by polluting the Darling Downs with hazardous contaminants despite

United Kingdom

Schoolboy, 12, tried to kill himself twice in one month after cruel taunts over his red hair

A YOUNG lad was bullied so badly he tried to kill himself twice in the last month. The family of Brian Birchall, 12, released a heartbreaking photo of him lying in a hospital bed, in a bid to call for more action against bullying. The boy from Queensland

Australia

'Camp Freedom': protesters rally for Indigenous rights at Commonwealth Games – in pictures

Indigenous activists at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast consider their demonstrations a continuation of the rallies that surrounded the 1982 and 2006 games. Under the banner of ‘Stolenwealth Games’ the group is calling for ‘fair and equitab

Australia

Royal visit flight costs could top $100,000 for Australian taxpayers

Before Charles’ trip to Vanuatu, he and Camilla have flown between Singapore, Wagga Wagga and the Gold CoastPrince Charles and Camilla’s tour around the country could cost Australian taxpayers more than $100,000 in flights alone by the time the heir t

Australia

Clive Palmer hit with criminal charges over Sunshine Coast resort

Charges brought by Asic, which has also charged company Palmer Leisure CoolumClive Palmer has been charged with criminal offences by the corporate watchdog in relation to his troubled Sunshine Coast resort.The businessman and former federal politician is

Australia

Murray-Darling: when the river runs dry

Five years after the implementation of the Murray-Darling basin plan, our great river system is under stress. Follow our 3000km journey along the rivers, travelling from inland Queensland to the Murray mouth, to understand where the plan has failed those

Australia

Charles no king of hearts as he and Camilla struggle to compete with Queen on Australian tour

The Brisbane crowd for Charles and Camilla was barely a tenth of the number who came to see the Queen seven years ago The next-in-line to the throne can’t pull a crowd like his mother. A few thousand people, most clutching umbrellas and standing in mud

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