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.
An artist’s impression of the
Wakaleo schouteni marsupial ‘lion’ challenging a thylacine over the carcass of a kangaroo in the early Miocene rainforest of Riversleigh.
'Marsupial lions' aren't really lions - but they did have teeth that formed a pair of secateur-like blades. The newly found species lived in forests of Queensland around 20 million years ago.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (second from left) with winning Labor election candidates.
Labor looks set to win the Queensland election with a bare majority. And while same-sex marriage has passed the Senate, the strong support in regional areas has surprised some commentators.
The Adani project is already a stranded asset.
The Adani project is already a stranded asset, and definitely not worthy of taxpayer support, or the risks to the Chinese of any involvement.
LNP and One Nation candidates are mentioned frequently alongside one another in tweets.
With Labor having largely defused the Adani issue, debate on Twitter in the final weeks of the 2017 Queensland election campaign has come to focus chiefly on the role of One Nation.
Without improved state government policies to alleviate stressed industries and communities, Queenslanders’ income and wealth will suffer.
The Queensland government pays a higher interest rate than Queensland mortgage holders. Plans for both urban and rural rejuvenation need to start with fixing government finances.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (centre) is seen posing for a photo with workers as she inspect’s the Clare Solar Farm project near the North Queensland town of Ayr during the Queensland Election campaign.
In the upcoming Queensland election all major parties are talking up public investment in energy generation. But are these policies paying heed to climate science?
The board of Indian mining firm Adani has approved its A$16 billion Carmichael coal mine.
Here's what it means for Queensland, Australia and the world if the mine goes ahead.
A chain used for land clearing is dragged over a pile of burning wood on a drought effected property near St George, Queensland.
AP Image/Dan Peled
The failed attempt to reinstate land clearing regulations in Queensland has prompted 'panic clearing', pushing Australia into the global top-ten deforesters.
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation will contest ten of 12 northern electorates.
Major voter concerns for North Queensland reflect the expectations that minor party preferences will determine the election outcome.
The return to a full preferential voting system in Queensland might increase informal voting and backfire on Labor.
The real reason for Labor's return to full preferential voting was to assist them in garnering preferences from the Greens - but it may end up strengthening the LNP.
Would you pay more if you thought it would help?
Is Australia undervaluing its most valuable natural asset by only charging $6.50 a day to visit the Great Barrier Reef? And would it help if tourists were asked to pay more?
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Gautam Adani are still resolved to press ahead with the Carmichael mine, with taxpayers’ help.
AAP Image/Cameron Laird
Following the ABC's Four Corners program 'Digging into Adani', the question that remains is: why is the project still being pursued at all?