Southeast Qld 'shuts down' ahead of deluge

Southeast Queensland is shutting down, workers are going home and more than 2000 schools are closed as the region braces for flash flooding from up to half a metre of rain expected to fall in the next 24 hours.Ex-tropical cyclone Debbie is drenching the southeast, with flooding already closing some...

Coal shipments from central Qld halted

Coal shipments out of central Queensland have ground to a complete halt after heavy rain from ex-tropical cyclone Debbie caused the closure of the Port of Gladstone.Several mines in central Queensland have been left unable to deliver contracted coal shipments with most railways and all ports now closed due to...

Flash flood risk as Debbie swamps SE Qld

Brisbane has already recorded a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, and the downpour will continue on Thursday, as the remnants of ex-cyclone Debbie passes over the southeast.Brisbane's average March rainfall is 110mm, and the weather bureau says parts of the city have already seen more than that in...

Rescue operations for 50 stranded people

Emergency services workers are attempting to rescue about 50 stranded people, many off the roofs of houses and cars, after being trapped by floodwaters in and around cyclone-battered Mackay.The majority, about 40, are awaiting rescue in the Homebush area, just southwest of Mackay, with swift water crews working to move...

Elderly good Samaritan dies on Sydney road

An elderly good Samaritan has died from a suspected heart attack after he was run over by a broken down car he was helping to push off a western Sydney road.The 82-year-old had stopped to help a woman whose car stalled in the middle of Marina Close in Cecil Hills...

Brisbane to be lashed by massive storms

Queenslanders have been warned to prepare for the worst with flash flooding now a serious concern across the state.Southeastern Queensland can expect about a month's worth of rain over the next 24 hours as ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie moves down the coast."As the low tracks down the coast towards Brisbane we...

Debbie's damage has been huge, Palaszczuk

The prime minister's tour of cyclone-ravaged north Queensland will show him just how much help the region needs to get back on its feet, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says.Heavy rain from ex-tropical cyclone Debbie is still falling over battered communities in the Whitsunday region, and the state's southeast corner is braced...

NT youth detention heads to front inquiry

The Northern Territory youth justice inquiry continues after a former Don Dale Youth Detention Centre director who was in charge when boys were tear-gassed said the facility was in crisis.It was under former general manager Russell Caldwell's watch that boys were gassed, spithooded and shackled in August 2014 after one...

One survivor in migrant shipwreck

A 16-year-old boy was the sole survivor of a migrant shipwreck off the coast of Libya in which 146 are feared dead, the UN International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has said.The teen, who is from Gambia, told rescuers there were five children and several pregnant women on the dinghy, which...

People smugglers arrested over Darwin plot

Three men have been arrested in Indonesia over an alleged plot to smuggle Nepalese people to Darwin by boat.Dressed in orange jumpsuits, the trio were hauled in front of cameras in Jakarta on Wednesday following their arrest in February and March over the failed bid to ferry Nepalese people to...