The Queensland government spends more than A$14 billion on essential goods and services, on top of a further A$4 billion of capital expenditure used to build and maintain infrastructure assets such as roads, schools and hospitals.
The Buy Queensland strategy has questionable economic logic and also explicitly contravenes a number of Australia's international trade obligations.
Parts of the Great Barrier Reef’s outer reefs can form a natural barrier to coastal recession, thus protecting urban centres.
Coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef could lead to increased vulnerability of Queensland coastal cities and towns, and not only through its impacts on the tourism industry.
A ‘thinned’ landscape, which provides far from ideal habitat for many species.
Legal vegetation 'thinning' is contributing to high rates of land clearing, potentially causing problems for threatened species and ecosystems.
Is it nearly the end of the road for coal?
The board of Indian mining firm Adani has approved its A$16 billion Carmichael coal mine. But has the Queensland government failed in its duty to be responsible with publicly owned resources such as coal?
Politics podcast: Matt Canavan on Adani
Matt Canavan tells The Conversation this mine is only one part of a plan for 'opening up the Galilee Basin' to provide investment opportunities, exports, and employment.
Lismore received a drenching from the tail end of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
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The record floods of 1954 and 1974 still stand as Lismore's high-water marks. But Tropical Cyclone Debbie delivered her deluge far more abruptly than the rains that triggered those historic floods.
The Great Barrier Reef is currently experiencing a second wave of bleaching.
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The Great Barrier Reef is in crisis, as a second wave of coral bleaching hits. But the system of bodies and laws that protect it are getting more complicated – and less productive.
Bowen’s market gardens supply some 13% of Australia’s perishable vegetables.
Sydney, Melbourne and many other areas can expect to pay more for veg from next month, after widespread crop losses in Bowen, a major source of winter vegetables such as tomatoes, beans and capsicum.
Cyclone Debbie looms over Queensland on Monday afternoon March 27.
The category 4 cyclone - the fifth storm of this year's season, and the strongest so far - has buffeted the Queensland coast across a wide area centred on Airlie Beach.
So many ways to win.
Would a chance to win a big cash prize make you more likely to recycle your old drinks bottles? Economic analysis suggests so.
In Queensland, police can issue on-the-spot ten-day banning orders to patrons who engage in violent or anti-social behaviour in and around licensed venues.
Banning orders can encourage personal responsibility and demonstrate that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.
Coal seam gas developments in Queensland near Chinchilla in 2013.
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The latest survey of residents in coal seam gas regions reveals continuing lukewarm attitudes towards the industry.
In Darwin the wet season usually arrives around Christmas Day.
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The Australian monsoon delivers most of northern Australia's rainfall and is a vital feature of life in the region. But why does it occur?
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.