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  1. A 1,700-kilometre freight rail link from Melbourne to Brisbane is met with widespread criticism over the proposed route that requires new corridors to be constructed through farmland in southern Queensland, the Inland Rail Senate inquiry hears.

  2. The Chinese Government's ban on group travel due to the coronavirus outbreak is already hurting Queensland's tourism industry and education sector, with some operators reporting thousands of booking cancellations.

  3. A rain record that stood for more than 20 years is toppled in north Queensland as warnings are issued for damaging winds and hundreds of millimetres of rain for a massive stretch of the state's north-west.

  4. The founder of a Queensland animal welfare charity says Biosecurity Queensland told her to let eight malnourished horses on a Darling Downs property starve, but a spokesperson for the agency describes that claim as "false".

  5. Family members share their memories of 2yo Connor Horan, who died in 2018 after he was taken to hospital with multiple head and internal injuries. Police and the family want answers.

  6. Emergency services rescue a man stranded in floodwaters in north Queensland, as more than half-a-metre of rain falls in parts of the region, causing localised flooding and a rock slide in Townsville.

  7. A Brisbane boarding school isolates Chinese students over concerns about coronavirus, the strongest precautions known to have been taken by a Queensland school in response to the outbreak of the potentially fatal virus.

  8. Queensland's outback communities are celebrating much-needed rainfall, with Upper Retreat in the Central Highlands west of Emerald recording 176 millimetres since 9:00am Friday.

  9. An application lodged by a pair of Queensland business owners to trademark a name that is said to date back to the Dreamtime has failed, much to the relief of Indigenous stakeholders.

  10. Severe thunderstorms moved across South East Queensland, dumping heavy rain, small hail and leaving thousands without power.

  11. After several days of torrential rain and storms in some areas, South East Queensland is staring down the barrel of "extreme conditions" that will raise temperatures up to five degrees above average over the next few days, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

  12. Energex crews are working to restore power to customers who supply was cut during severe storms in South East Queensland, with the weather bringing strong winds, heavy rain and hail.

  13. Days of rain bring joyous scenes of celebration as much-needed downpours saturate parts of Queensland, but is it enough to end the drought or save towns from running out of water? Short answer — not yet.

  14. The husband of Toowoomba's Deputy Mayor dies in hospital a week after being bitten by a brown snake. He initially thought he had been scratched and later collapsed at a friend's birthday dinner.

  15. A former altar boy who was allegedly sexually abused by a serial paedophile priest says he could have been spared if the Catholic Church enforced mandatory reporting of crimes admitted in the confessional.

  16. Widespread showers and thunderstorms dump more than 100 millimetres across parts of drought-stricken Queensland, and the weather bureau says most areas south of Townsville are getting more.

  17. Farmers in Queensland's drought-declared and bushfire-hit Southern Downs Region say they are devastated the council is allowing a company to take up to 96 million litres of water a year for bottling.

  18. Kids playing in the rain shouldn't be noteworthy, but for locals in tinder-dry western Queensland, downpours have turned the red earth into mud pits ripe for fun.

  19. January's bushfires have triggered a flood of orders for livestock feed, leaving already-drought-affected hay and fodder supplies running seriously low.

  20. A modest 23mm of rain falls in the town of Blackall, but it is enough to raise spirits in a part of Queensland where the drought is a day-to-day battle — and there's more rain on the way.

  21. Ned Desbrow was operating equipment at a property in Tara north-west of Brisbane when his leg became entwined on a winch drum. Rescuers amputated his leg at the scene and say his recovery is remarkable.

  22. Photos provided to the ABC by the head of an animal rescue organisation show dead horses and others that appear to be severely malnourished on a property west of Toowoomba.

  23. Stanthorpe is now the centre of the largest water carting project by a local government, with the apple and wine-growing town's supply officially running out.

  24. Roger Taylor, who is married to Toowoomba Regional Council's Deputy Mayor, remains unconscious in a Brisbane hospital after he was bitten by a venomous brown snake while moving bird netting.

  25. A giant dust storm brings visibility down to as low as 100 metres in parts of south-west Queensland, with a Bollon resident describing it as "the worst" she has seen.

  26. Volunteer firefighter Graham Parker captures the moment his fire truck drives through the aftermath of a hailstorm as they head to a local bushfire with more rain forecast for the drought-ravaged Granite Belt.

  27. Not knowing who Kylie Jenner was, Queensland's Rural Fire Brigades Association boss was shocked to receive a call from her publicist giving a hefty donation to the volunteer organisation, as part of a total of $1 million nationwide.

  28. Queensland's fire commissioner Greg Leach backs his agency's work on hazard reduction despite figures showing a shortfall in planned burns, reinforcing similar comments from fire chiefs in NSW and Victoria.

  29. Sporting success stories, political scandals, scorching temperatures, devastating floods and tick-riddled snakes. These are the stories that are etched in the minds of Queenslanders and rounded out the decade.

  30. Queenslanders in the state's south-east rejoice after Christmas Day brings much-needed rain, but inhabitants of outback towns like Birdsville in the far south-west swelter through lunch.

  31. A family is forced to flee a house south of Brisbane after it is struck by lightning, sparking a blaze, during severe storms across south-east Queensland overnight.

  32. The Jenyns family is one of many Australian families 'slipping through the cracks', ineligible for drought assistance and unable to find off-farm work.

  33. As south-east Queensland deals with hot weather, as well as smoke from the NSW bushfires, there is hope for rain in the region over Christmas.

  34. A quick-thinking mother calls triple-0 after realising her two-year-old daughter Saphira had opened a packet of button batteries and swallowed 20 of them, thinking they were lollies.

  35. Sex workers and their allies rally in Brisbane to protest over laws they say put their safety at risk, and to pressure the Queensland Government decriminalise the sex industry.

  36. Despite the significant effects of drought on Australia's chickpea production, Queensland's first harvest of the season has been loaded onto a ship, ready for export.

  37. Queensland melon exports to New Zealand have been put on ice after the detection of a cucurbit virus in a shipment of melons.

  38. Farmers' pockets have been hit hard by a warmer, drier climate over the past two decades, with broadacre profits slashed by more than 20 per cent.

  39. New South Wales remains in the Basin Plan, but other states say they won't cooperate in a review of how water is shared in the system.

  40. After weeks of jostling, state water ministers will meet today to make some big decisions about the future of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

  41. A 29-year-old man is charged with murder and serious animal cruelty after the body of a 63-year-old man and a dog are found inside a fire-damaged house at Toowoomba on Queensland's Darling Downs.

  42. Indonesia has become the latest country to confirm an outbreak of the deadly pig disease, African swine fever, that has wiped out more than a quarter of the world's pig population.

  43. The temperature in Brisbane's CBD equals the hottest December day on record, while records for the first month of summer have tumbled in several locations to the west and north of the capital.

  44. Police are looking for the driver of car who fled the scene after hitting Gatton woman Julie Thomsen, leaving her with catastrophic injuries paramedics described as "incompatible with life".

  45. Australian parents fed up with screen time and indoor playgrounds are turning to a growing number of so-called forest schools to encourage their children to play outside.

  46. While the burst of heavy rainfall is short-lived in Brisbane, elsewhere in the south-east the torrential downpour fells trees and brings flash flooding to parts of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coasts.

  47. Severe storms sweep across South-East Queensland, dropping giant hail near Gympie and dumping 76 millimetres of rain on the Gold Coast in half an hour.

  48. A number of severe storm cells that formed in South-East Queensland ease but the Bureau of Meteorology warns more could be on the way in the coming days.

  49. Brisbane's overnight rainfall equals what it received in the last six months, with a major thunderstorm bringing more than 100 millimetres to some parts of the city.

  50. Despite a written warning from Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale about working on a "dangerous project", German firm Siemens signs up to provide signalling for Adani's Carmichael mine rail network.

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