Nutrient runoff is one of the major contributors to crown-of-thorns outbreaks.
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Despite 15 years of concerted action by the Australian and Queensland governments the health of the reef is not improving and in fact may be continuing to deteriorate.
Police in NSW will soon be equipped with body cameras – as will their counterparts on Queensland’s Gold Coast in domestic violence incidents.
Police-worn body cameras could be a helpful tool for law enforcement in cases involving domestic violence. But they could also have unintended consequences.
The Turnbull government’s package of measures to respond to domestic violence is a step in the right direction, but much more needs to be done.
Australia needs to treat and respond to domestic violence as a serious crime threat with risk mitigation and crime management strategies.
Queensland Police Commissioner Terry Lewis was a target of the Fitzgerald Inquiry.
Matthew Condon’s new book, All Fall Down, ends Queensland Police Commissioner Terry Lewis’ story amid the demise of the Rat Pack and their corrupt system of graft payments known as “The Joke”.
Nitrogen pollution is one of the factors driving outbreaks of crown-of-thorns - giant starfish that devour the reef.
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The latest Great Barrier Reef report shows some improvements to water quality over the past five years, but there's still a lot to do on one particular problem: nitrogen.
Tinkering with the law is likely to entrench positions on both sides of the ‘green tape’ debate.
Both industry and environmental groups need more certainty over the government's approvals process. But the recent hectic rhetoric has given them less certainty - and that could be bad for both sides.
Independent oversight will be a crucial new ingredient in the Queensland government’s vow for stronger domestic violence action.
We’ve heard promises to act on domestic violence too often before. But a new Queensland plan offers public accountability measures – which could finally turn rhetoric into real action.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (left) and Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt (centre) prior to the Queensland Budget being delivered in State Parliament in Brisbane.
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The Palaszczuk government's first budget for Queensland has promised to drive new investement and jobs in the knowledge based sectors.
One of the most dangerous times in an abusive relationship is when it ends – which was when Clare Wood was murdered by her ex-partner.
Giving people the right to ask about their partner’s history of domestic violence sounds like a good idea – but there are good reasons why Rosie Batty and others have raised concerns.
Are authorities too focused on the usual suspects and missing the new and emerging markets in organised crime?
Today's organised crime occurs through loose and undefined networks made up of criminal entrepreneurs and freelancers with little concern for group branding or loyalty.
The Curtis Island gas precinct is one of the biggest developments along the Great Barrier Reef coast.
The coast alongside the Great Barrier Reef is home to ports, farms, holiday resorts, and more than a million people. It all puts pressure on the Reef, and it's time for some firms plans to manage it.
The white-lipped tree frog, one of the species threatened by warming.
Climate change is one of the biggest threats to the world's wildlife, but recent projects provide hope that we'll be able to help species adapt.
Research by James Cook University was rapidly translated into policy that is helping to preserve Queensland’s regions against the effects of climate change.
It's rare for research to have an immediate impact on policy, but lessons learnt from a successful venture in Queensland can show how it can be done.
The MV Shen Neng I spills oil onto the Great Barrier Reef in 2010. Large accidents are rare, but there is still very little monitoring of long-term chronic damage from shipping.
Port traffic near the Great Barrier Reef will more than double by 2025, as coal and other exports grow. While major incidents are rare, the chronic toll on the reef itself still remains largely unknown.
Man in the middle: former Labor MP turned independent Billy Gordon (centre) is now one of three crucial cross-bench MPs in the Queensland parliament.
Three north Queensland MPs representing just 3% of the state's population will wield huge power in Queensland's parliament when it resumes on Tuesday.
The mountain rainforests of Australia’s Wet Tropics are extremely vulnerable to climate change.
A new paper shows 1 in 6 species could be extinct due to climate change, and Australia will be particularly hard hit.
Eastern Australia’s forests could be a hotspot for deforestation in the future - just like these forests in south east Asia.
A new WWF report highlights Australia as a hotspot for future deforestation. Australia talks the talk on deforestation, but will it walk the walk?
Senior Queensland Police at the 2014 launch of the Stay on Track Outback road safety project, sponsored by Santos, Izuzu and others.
Queensland Police Service
The Queensland Police will now disclose all sponsorships, after a backlash over almost A$700,000 in unnamed donations. But what are the lessons from elsewhere about police and corporate donors?
Queensland’s reliance on high-security facilities to house a growing prison population may be linked to the nation’s highest rates of return for prisoners on parole.
Queensland's rates of imprisonment had been falling, but have undergone a sharp reversal - much of it driven by the nation's highest rates of return by prisoners released into the community.
Rangers have mostly killed young male dingoes on Fraser Island, new research shows.
The famous dingoes of Fraser Island are not threatened by the practice of culling dangerous dingoes, says new research which shows the numbers killed are too small to harm the population's sustainability.