The draft regional plan, ShapingSEQ, released by Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, has been influenced by ‘stakeholders’ rather than representative community input.
The draft plan for Southeast Queensland largely takes a 'provide land for the predicted demand' approach, which assumes regional planning is a type of technical process best left to the experts.
Environmental activists rallied at Queensland’s state parliament in April.
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Queensland's Supreme Court has backed the state government's decision to approve the proposed Carmichael coal mine. But environmental groups have scored some key legal points on climate considerations.
Coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish are helped by nutrient runoff.
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We're going to miss the Great Barrier Reef's water quality targets unless we help farmers better
Abbot Point port would have to be expanded to ship coal from the proposed new mine.
Queensland's planned new coal mine could impact the climate, the Great Barrier Reef, water, and local species. Yet still it has been declared as 'critical infrastructure' by the state government.
Savannasaurus was pretty small, by titanosaur standards.
Travis Tischler/Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History
Dinosaur bones unearthed at one of Australia's richest fossil sites have introduced us to a new species: Savannasaurus, one of a family of huge dinosaurs that trekked here more than 100 million years ago.
Don’t write it off just yet.
Once upon a time dead coral was something to be celebrated on the Great Barrier Reef.
Queensland’s got a long way to go to meet its renewable target.
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Queensland currently gets 7% of it's electricity from renewable sources - but is aiming for 50% by 2030.
Not your average starling.
Metallic starlings – not the kind that live in your roof – breed in huge colonies that draw thousands of animals.
Months after the bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef, signs of the hoped-for recovery are scant.
Kirsten Tidswell/Climate Council
Member of the Climate Council this week returned to one of the areas of the Great Barrier Reef that was worst affected by this year's coral bleaching. What they found was far from encouraging.
Queensland’s new anti-bikie laws propose to ban the wearing of all gang colours in public.
What will Queensland's new laws to combat the bikie 'menace' actually achieve?
Scalloped hammerhead, a species that is listed as endanged by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
A recent shark licence buy-up in Australia is a great opportunity for fishers and conservation organisations to work together to maintain healthy ecosystems and fisheries.
Check it out while you can.
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The ailing health of the Great Barrier Reef may be attracting more tourists, at least in the short term, with a survey showing many visitors were motivated to see it while they still have the chance.
Nauru’s parliament would have been rebuilt in Queensland, but with less power.
In the 1960s, with the phosphate boom over and Nauru's economy in ruins, Australia offered to move the entire nation to Queensland's Curtis Island. But with no sovereignty on offer, the deal collapsed.
Protecting the Great Barrier Reef’s water quality finally has a hard dollar price on it.
A groundbreaking new economic study has found that investing A$8.2 billion would get us very close to hitting targets to cut water pollution into the Great Barrier Reef by 2025.
Farmers protest tightened land-clearing laws in Brisbane.
Moves to tighten land-clearing laws in Queensland and New South Wales have been met with outrage from farmers. So how can we get regulation right?
Meter Maids at work earlier this year.
The Gold Coast Meter Maids are the most enduring example of a growing number of young women employed as promotional models in our cities. But how does this sexualised imagery shape our interactions – and men's attitudes to women?
The Queensland government’s interpretation of public housing transfers conflicts with that of Labor colleagues federally and in some other states.
Given its flagship status, the Logan public housing project’s abandonment could be a serious setback for Australian housing and urban policy.
In just four swipes on the interface of your phone, another person can access a wealth of your personal information.
In what circumstances can police search your phone? Must they obtain a search warrant? And what will happen if you refuse to provide your passcode or fingerprint required to access your phone?
Queensland independent Peter Wellington backed Annastacia Palaszczuk (left) to form government after she promised to act on political donations.
At long last, Australia has a government that is prepared to introduce real-time disclosure for political donations – a crucial change that lets voters make an informed choice at the ballot box.
Students at the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy in Aurukun.
Peter Holmes A Court
The lesson to be learned from Aurukun is around the impact of out-sourcing education to commercial interests.