Even the slightest touch of a D. moroides leaf can cause excruciating pain. An intense stinging, burning pain is felt immediately, then intensifies, reaching a peak after 20 – 30 minutes.
Marina Hurley, Author provided
Depending on the species, touching a stinging tree can be like 30 wasp stings at once or being burnt with hot acid and electrocuted at the same time.
Idiospermum is otherwise known as “idiot fruit” or ribbonwood.
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In a few idyllic parts of Queensland grows the idiot fruit, a tall tree with intricate flowers and some of the largest seeds in Australia.
Successive governments have seen the Great Barrier Reef not just as a scientific wonder, but as a channel to further economic development.
The $444 million awarded to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation has been criticised as a politically calculated move. But governments have been asking what the reef can do for them ever since colonial times.
The states have pulled far ahead of the Commonwealth on improving transparency around political donations.
While the states are making improvements to their political donations laws and practices, Canberra still has a long way to go.
The Walk Together marches across Australia in 2015 showed how welcoming regional communities are to refugees.
New research shows that refugees in regional Queensland have found it very easy to make friends and feel safe and comfortable raising children in their communities.
The most notable – and underestimated – aspect of the vote count in Longman was the fall in support for the Coalition.
There were lessens for both major parties in Longman- more worrying for the Coalition than Labor. It showed voter volatility and disenchantment, and that One Nation remains a powerful force.
As the name suggests, Windy Hill near Cairns gets its fair share of power-generating weather.
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There are calls from the backbench and elsewhere for the federal government to safeguard the future of coal. But do those calls make economic sense? A look at Queensland's energy landscape suggests not.
South-East Queensland residents need to prepare for more regular floods, according to new data.
We rely on climate data to help us make important decisions for our future, such as building infrastructure. But what if a region's climate has long been more volatile than we realised?
Gavin Webber and Kate Harman in The Mathematics of Longing.
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In an ambitious new work of theatre and dance, performers read out mathematical theories then build scenes around them.
With, for now, three Senate votes as her bargaining chips, Hanson’s impact – on government policy or on the major parties’ electoral strategy – is still being felt.
Despite its dysfunction and often inconsistent policy positions, the party has cemented an influential place in the federal arena, albeit a status that’s on the verge of diminishing drastically.
Victoria is set to become only the third jurisdiction to introduce industrial manslaughter laws, behind the ACT and Queensland.
Simply having an offence of industrial manslaughter on the statute books cannot by itself lower workplace death rates.
Farmers are protesting changes to Queensland’s land use laws.
Queensland's new land-clearing laws are a huge missed opportunity.
Victoria has led the way in upgrading intercity rail services with medium-speed VLocity trains that have a cruising speed of 160km/h.
High-speed rail for Australia has been on the drawing boards since the mid-1980s but has come to nothing. Three states are developing medium-speed rail with federal funding, but NSW is missing out.
Queensland’s Ministerial Code now bans Ministers from using private email and messaging apps.
The ban on Queensland Members of Parliament using encrypted messaging apps for government business should be accompanied by a willingness to strengthen official accountability across the board.
Dora the Explorer is coming to Queensland but is our local industry too dependent on international movies?
This week actors including Cate Blanchett signed an open letter calling on the government to protect our screen industry. More needs to be done to create a sustainable local industry beyond Dora-style, Hollywood productions.
As planning minister, Jackie Trad said legislative changes would make the planning system more open and accountable.
Changes under Queensland's recently instituted Planning Act give councils much more leeway in their decision-making, which makes it harder for appeals against decisions to succeed.
Floods in South East Queensland follow a 40-year cycle, and planners should take note.
Engineering practice assumes that floods are randomly distributed but science suggests they are not. This raises questions about the reliability of flood infrastructure and management strategies.
Vegetation ‘thinning’ in Queensland - a practice that was originally designed to restore forests and woodlands to a ‘representative state’.
Queensland's new draft land-clearing laws aim to put the brakes on years of environmental destruction. But the bill contains several loopholes that are likely to stymie progress.
Adani faces court over allegations of concealing the amount of coal water released in Caley Valley Wetlands last year.
The federal government considered prosecuting Adani's potential environmental negligence over the history of its Australian CEO.
There is public appetite in Queensland to expand and enhance the state’s Indigenous ranger program.
Indigenous ranger programs have now been running successfully for a decade. Given Queensland's size and large Indigenous population, there's a strong case for expanding the program in that state.