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  1. Australia's certified organic industry is expected to be worth more than $2 billion by next year but it is fighting to ensure fake organic claims do not damage its reputation.

  2. The Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network hearing in Townsville has heard the national broadband network likened to a 'driverless train' with no coordination or commitment by the federal government, the NBN or service providers to resolving poor service and even poorer customer relations. Queensland Country Hour listeners recently provided feedback about their download speeds after a new broadband performance monitoring initiative failed to include rural and regional users on the Sky Muster satellite or fixed wireless services. BIRRR advocate Kirsty Sparrow says poor broadband performance was only a symptom of a much bigger problem. She told the Country Hour's Charlie McKillop 'it's a jungle out there' and people struggled to find information and support needed to navigate through the telecommunications industry and iron out problems with their connectivity.
  3. Western Downs' "quiet pieces of country", which once attracted tourists, are being gradually boxed in by Queensland's large scale development.

  4. Grant Lehmann says the football star deserved something a little more "distinguished".

  5. The Federal Government's new broadband performance monitoring will not include the Sky Muster satellite which serves rural internet customers.

  6. A pair of Queensland geologists think they have struck brown gold in unearthing a rock dust capable of growing pristine grass in the middle of the Arabian desert, with hopes it will land them a massive turf deal for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

  7. Safe exposure limits for toxic firefighting foam chemicals that have contaminated land and water near Army bases are dramatically reduced by Food Standards Australia and New Zealand, prompting a class action seeking compensation from the Defence Department.

  8. Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie's reign is not yet over, authorities say, with warnings severe weather may worsen for south-east Queensland overnight.

  9. South-east Queensland is set for a drenching today with rainfall in excess of 200 millimetres possible in some localised areas, the Bureau of Meteorology warns.

  10. The Fair Work Ombudsman has responded to criticism his office is not doing enough to stamp out exploitation of workers on farms. Growers yesterday reacted angrily to revelations of another serious case of abuse, involving 22 workers from Vanuatu who were forced to work for months without pay on farms at the Lockyer Valley, Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg. But Michael Campbell told the Queensland Country Hour his officers were punching above their weight, as evidenced by the way this offender was identified, apprehended and bought before the tribunal.
  11. A labour hire operator was fined one quarter of a million dollars and found guilty by a federal judge in Queensland of exploiting 22 men from Vanuatu, some of whom were forced to work for months without wages and not even enough food to eat. But since the convicted businessman has already returned to Vanuatu, it's unlikely the workers will ever get paid. Alan Mahoney from the Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association says farmers are sickened by the abuses and want the Fair Work Ombudsman to get serious about cracking down on exploiters. Meanwhile, Growcom chief advocate Rachel Mackenzie told the Queensland Country Hour it was even more concerning the case involved an accredited employer under the federal government's Seasonal Worker Program, highlighting the lack of oversight of labour hire companies. Despite a move in Queensland to introduce a licensing regime, it required a national regulatory approach.
  12. Fruit and vegetable growers describe efforts by the Fair Work Ombudsman to stamp out farm worker exploitation as "a joke".

  13. Tom McCosker has never ventured onto the football field, held back by the fear his cerebral palsy will let the team down, but he's found his groove in a new all-boys class in Queensland's St George.

  14. The Indigenous community of Cherbourg in Queensland's South Burnett region works to rebuild one of Australia's first Aboriginal art ventures, the Barambah Potters.

  15. A person is found dead after an early morning house fire in the Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane.

  16. A spectacular lightning show hits Yeppoon, almost 200 millimetres of rain falls over the Sunshine Coast, and the Gold Coast wakes to heavy showers as Queensland's wet weather continues.

  17. Poor seasonal conditions and easing commodity prices are credited with causing a sharp decline in the confidence of Queensland farmers.

  18. Investment in existing operations in Bass Strait will help stabilise gas prices after 2020, but it must be done now, a report by industry consultants McKinsey and Co says.

  19. After recording its driest 12 months in history, Queensland's Fraser Coast is added to the list of drought declared regions, now spanning more than 87 percent of the state.

  20. Sheep need at least 20 per cent more space than current Australian standards to improve their welfare when being shipped overseas, a study finds.

  21. South Korea destroys 20 per cent of its poultry industry with avian influenza while China records serious strains that has spread to people.

  22. A facial recognition technology trial is underway in Queensland, alarming privacy advocates who fear such developments could lead to bigger databanks of personal information.

  23. The social media theme for International Women's Day is Be Bold For Change, and these Queensland women made bold decisions in their career choices.

  24. Females the world over are encouraged to 'Be Bold for Change' as they mark International Women's Day — something women across regional Queensland know all too well.

  25. About 80 cattle die in an anthrax outbreak on a grazing property at St George in Queensland's southern inland, prompting Biosecurity Queensland to limit movements of people and livestock.

  26. The phrase "What are you giving up for Lent?" is common at this time of year but for Christians, the time leading up to Easter is about more than that.

  27. Brisbane records its hottest summer, with February's average maximum temperature hitting 32.6 degrees Celsius, the Bureau of Meteorology says, but did not come close to those in the state's south and west where there were record stretches of hot weather.

  28. New Hope, the company behind the New Acland coal mine on Queensland's Darling Downs, is silencing nearby farmers in signed agreements, an environmentalist says.

  29. A dog groomer from southern Queensland said despite having degrees in child psychology and social work she prefers working with her four-legged friends.

  30. The RSPCA threatens to walk out of developing new poultry standards unless the phasing out of caged eggs is considered.

  31. Temperatures across southern and south-east Queensland cool down after heat records tumbled across the state on Sunday.

  32. Hot weather records have tumbled across parts of south-east Queensland amid a relentless heatwave,including Toowoomba which experienced 40 degrees Celsius for the first time.

  33. As Queenslanders deal with extreme summer heat and closed beaches, records are predicted to tumble on Sunday in the state's south, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

  34. If Queensland students are hoping for a heat-induced early departure on hot school days, they may be a little disappointed.

  35. Gas-contaminated soil has been detected 25 kilometres further south of an existing exclusion zone around a controversial Western Downs gas project, Queensland's Environment Department says.

  36. Peak horticultural lobby group, Growcom, was quick to condemn the actions of those in the industry who continued to flout the law, after early morning raids on a Stanthorpe strawberry farm netted 27 alleged illegal workers. Growcom chief executive Pat Hannan said young foreign workers should be aware of their visa obligations but were often the 'victims' of unscrupulous employers or labour hire companies exploiting their circumstances.