The Queensland treaty process is still in the early stages and negotiations will not begin for several years. But it’s still a historic step forward for Indigenous communities.
Queensland has become the latest state or territory to embark on an Indigenous treaty process. But for lasting progress to be made, the federal government cannot shirk its responsibility.
Tens of thousands of Indigenous people worked on cattle stations from the 1880s to 1970s. Underpayment and withholding of wages was systemic.
Queensland's payment to settle a stolen wages class action marks the first recognition that these claims have legal as well as moral and political merit.
Non-fatal strangulation can have serious health effects including memory loss, paralysis and miscarriage.
This week, Victoria has joined several other states and committed to introducing a non-fatal strangulation offence. This move will change the way domestic abusers are prosecuted.
Adani Australia CEO Lucas Dow has now collected all the necessary approvals.
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It's been years in the making, but Adani's controversial Queensland coal mine is finally shovel-ready. Yet significant scientific questions remain, such as the impact on the region's aquifers.
VLocity trains run at speeds of up to 160km/h on four Victorian regional lines.
More than half a century after the first high-speed trains began running overseas, Australia is still waiting for the long-promised service. Right now, faster rail is a better short-term prospect.
The finch management plan and the groundwater management plan have already been approved by the federal government – but not by the state government.
The Queensland Labor government still must approve two outstanding environmental management plans for the Adani mine to go ahead.
Progressive voices have lit up social media with memes blaming Queensland for Labor’s loss in the federal election. But characterising the state as regressive and redneck is misplaced.
Queensland has a proud place in Labor history. But the 2019 election shows the federal Labor Party no longer understands the issues that matter to Queensland voters.
Joh Bjelke-Petersen with his wife, Flo, on their wedding day in 1952. Bjelke-Petersen made an ill-fated bid for PM in 1987 that ripped the Coalition apart.
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Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen was Queensland's longest-serving premier, but an inquiry into corruption brought his hopes of becoming the next prime minister of Australia to a sudden end.
Today we’re asking: what Queensland seats are the ones to watch on election night? How to give Indigenous Australians a true voice in politics? And how can we improve trust in the political system?
The myth of ‘the Queensland voter’, Australia’s trust deficit, and the path to Indigenous recognition.
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Today, an election-themed episode about some of the biggest policy questions Australia faces, featuring Indigenous academic lawyer Eddie Synot and political scientist Anne Tiernan.
Argentine ants are a fact of life in many parts of Australia, but can still potentially be banished from Norfolk Island.
Invasive pest ants cause billions of dollars worth of damage to crops, and threaten some of Australia's World Heritage rainforests. The federal budget has pledged nearly $30m on wiping them out – but how?
Pauline Hanson claims the Al Jazeera undercover “sting”, which has grabbed international headlines, was a media “stitch-up”.
One Nation, particularly in Queensland, has attracted voters who feel "left out" of mainstream politics. But the Coalition's intermittent courting of the party may end with this week's revelations.
Fire ant stings can be deadly to people who have an allergic reaction to their venom.
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Invasive tropical fire ants spread by eating their fat useless sons.
Walking towards this tree, which grows only on a select few mist-shrouded mountainsides in Queensland, can feel like stepping into a prehistoric dinosaur-filled fantasy.
The aftermath of the Townsville floods brings increased risk of mosquitoes, which breed around water.
The more water, the more mosquito eggs are laid, and the more mosquitoes end up buzzing about. But to spread disease to people, they first need to bite infected wildlife.
Monitoring the whereabouts of floodwaters is vital for protecting infrastructure.
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The flood zone around Townsville extends for hundreds of kilometres, making monitoring difficult even from the air. But scientists are testing a new satellite method that can peer through the clouds.
Is the black-throated finch getting the legal protection it deserves?
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Just one out of a possible 775 development approvals was refused on the basis that it would harm the southern black-throated finch, despite this endangered species being protected by federal law.
The irukandji jellyfish, up close.
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The irukandji jellyfish can be deadly and particularly hard to trace. However, emerging technology offers a solution.
Scalloped hammerhead entangled in a Queensland shark control net at Magnetic Island, Townsville.
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Some media have reported shark numbers at 'plague proportions' in Australian waters. But a new analysis suggests the opposite: species such as hammerheads and white sharks have plummeted in number.
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.