The abandonment of Adani’s bespoke railway leaves it with a 200km gap to bring coal to its Abbot Point port (pictured).
Indian mining firm Adani has announced scaled-down plans for its planned Queensland coal mine, which it will now fund itself. But there are still many questions hanging over the project.
Storm clouds move over the Illawarra south of Sydney on Wednesday, November 28 2018. Sydney received more than a month’s worth of rain in just two hours, with Observatory Hill recording 84.6mm by 7am. The November average is 83.8mm.
Bushfires across Queensland are fanned by high winds pushed north by a strong low in NSW.
A Townsville City Deal was signed two years ago and the city is now one of Queensland’s ten leaders on smart city performance.
How smart are our cities now? In Queensland, a study of all 78 local government areas reveals major gaps between the ten leading the way in becoming smart cities and the rest of the state.
A student does his homework near a solar power kit in remote PNG - apparently charging his phone or looking up something on the internet.
Geoff Miller/University of Queensland
PNG is enjoying unfamiliar global attention after the APEC summit earlier this week, and the rivalry between the United States and China to exert influence in the region.
The polls are not moving in the right direction for Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
And for the first time since the 1999 republic referendum, those opposed to a republic outnumber those in favour of it.
It’s not just about the Great Barrier Reef. Queensland’s rainforests - particularly in the mountains - will also change thanks to a warming climate.
The reality is that without human intervention, ecosystems will reshape themselves in response to climate change. The Queensland government has launched a climate plan for the state's ecosystems.
Michelle Grattan speaks to Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
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.
via Wikimedia Commons
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.
Leonard Low/Flickr/Wikimedia Commons
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.
Art Work Agency
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.