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  1. Animal welfare advocates say the review of Australia’s livestock export standards is long overdue and necessary.

  2. Animal welfare advocates say the review of Australia's livestock export standards is long overdue. The federal government has appointed former Western Australian Senator – and live export champion – Dr Chris Back as the independent chair of the Technical Advisory Committee. But chief executive officer of RSPCA Australia, Heather Neil, says it's been a long time coming.
  3. The rollout of HARPS — a scheme for selling fruit and vegetables to supermarkets — is proving anything but harmonious for growers.

  4. Charges may be laid over the shooting of a five-year-old boy in the face on Queensland's Southern Downs, police say, with the child remaining in a critical but stable condition in a Brisbane hospital.

  5. A five-year-old boy is in a critical condition in hospital after being accidently shot in the face by a young relative with a rifle in southern Queensland.

  6. Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen's political career ended in 1987, and the release of Queensland cabinet documents shed light on the former state premier's abrupt demise amid corruption allegations after a 19-year reign.

  7. Thunderstorms with large hail, strong winds and heavy rainfall are rumbling through south-east Queensland and could affect planned New Year's Eve festivities.

  8. The past year has been full of Queenslanders more than willing to go above and beyond the call of duty. These are the men, women and children who made headlines for all the right reasons in 2017.

  9. In a move described as "gut-wrenching" India has imposed a new 30 per cent tariff on Australian chickpeas and lentils which will have immediate financial consequences for growers.

  10. Queenslanders in parts of the state's east and south-east deal with another day of rough weather, with thunderstorms hitting areas from Darling Downs up to the Capricornia Coast and hail reported near Toowoomba.

  11. The Bjelke-Petersen family welcomes the offer of a commonwealth state funeral or memorial service for former senator Lady Flo Bjelke-Petersen, who died yesterday aged 97.

  12. The death of Lady Flo Bjelke-Petersen prompts a mixture of tributes and tirades, as memories are reignited of the highly controversial Queensland political regime of her husband Sir Joh.

  13. South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales are in a war of words after federal and state water ministers failed to agree on whether more water should be bought off farmers and set aside to improve the health of the Murray-Darling Basin.

  14. A 35-year-old Queensland man could face up to 20 years in jail after being caught with nearly 20 grams of crystal methamphetamine and 14 ecstasy tablets.

  15. There will be extreme heatwave conditions in south-west Queensland and north-west New South Wales over the next three days, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says, with several outback towns expecting sweltering daytime temperatures of at least 43 degrees Celsius.

  16. As the child abuse royal commission prepares to hand over its report, we look at some of the key moments that led one of Australia's most pivotal inquiries.

  17. It's going to cost taxpayers at least $10 billion and isn't predicted to turn a profit for about 50 years, but proponents say Australia is in desperate need of an inland railway to ease the number of trucks on our roads and create a more efficient freight system for the next 100 years.

  18. For some people, the impact of the inland rail project on their own properties is a burden worth shouldering. For others, it's sparked acrimony and dissent. The ABC travelled the 1,700km inland rail corridor to hear their hopes, fears and ideas.

  19. One of Australia's leading climatologists' do-it-yourself forecasting workshops are attracting industry interest in claims they could save agriculture many millions of dollars.

  20. Around 11,000 tonnes of corn from WA's Ord Irrigation Scheme is bound for South Korea, after being loaded at the remote Kimberley port of Wyndham last week.

  21. A Defence Department meeting in Oakey tells residents there are no health impacts from toxic contamination of local groundwater, but an environmental health expert warns against consuming anything locally grown.

  22. At least three, and possibly four, LNP MPs are understood to be counting supporters and considering their positions ahead of a possible leadership challenge in the wake of the party's poor showing in the state election.

  23. Dam engineers were fixated on avoiding minor damage in Queensland's 2011 floods a class action court case hears and their inaction caused catastrophic inundations and destruction.

  24. The Bureau of Meteorology says spring was the wettest on record in some parts of south-east Queensland.

  25. Almost 1 million jobs will be created in Australia over the next five years but there's unlikely to be enough skilled workers to fill them, according to the Business Council's Jennifer Westacott.

  26. The European Union decides to renew the licence for glyphosate herbicide for just five more years but long-term future is unclear.

  27. The RSPCA says 84 per cent of Australians want caged eggs phased out, while the industry says 70 per cent of shoppers still buy them.

  28. Strengthening support among Labor voters in south-east Queensland will be enough to give Annastacia Palaszczuk a second term as premier, even though regional voters are turning away, the latest Galaxy poll predicts.

  29. A former Toowoomba student goes viral with an encouraging message about his own low grades and subsequent successful career.

  30. The South Australian Government says it will not support changes to the $10 billion Murray-Darling Basin Plan and is now considering a state royal commission.

  31. There are hopes a new milk factory on the Darling Downs will throw a lifeline to Queensland dairy farmers struggling from the supermarket $1-a-litre campaign.

  32. Not sure what's on offer in this Queensland election? We've made it easy with a list of the biggest campaign promises offered up by the major parties so far.

  33. A four-year-old boy dies after suffering horrific burns during a fire at Dalby, which left the boy, his brother and their father with serious injuries overnight.

  34. Former policeman Louis James Mahony is sentenced to life behind bars for murdering his de facto partner Laine Coldwell in south-western Queensland in 2009.

  35. Young model strikes a pose for Sass & Bide and Make a Wish Foundation in first photoshoot.

  36. The head of Queensland's Weapons Licensing branch says the onus is on farmers to demonstrate a genuine or special need for a handgun after refusing to renew permits.

  37. In cash splash for the bush, including $70 million for country racing, the Queensland Premier was caught out knowing very little about her candidate for the seat of Condamine, including his last name.

  38. Former veteran LNP MP Vaughan Johnson gives the Queensland Premier some unexpected support in the Adani controversy, accusing federal politicians of throwing mud at Annastacia Palaszczuk.

  39. As advertising ramps up for the state election, social media is arming politicians of all persuasions with loads of data on how best to target you to make that messaging more effective.

  40. After spending the first three days of the Queensland election campaign in the south-east, Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls explains the cost of travel has increased while the budget for campaigning has not.

  41. They are the same size as human babies but not everyone wants a cuddle of Lainey Picton's new dolls.