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  1. Fruit and vegetable growers describe efforts by the Fair Work Ombudsman to stamp out farm worker exploitation as "a joke".

  2. 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.
  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

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

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

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

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

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

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

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

  25. 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.

  26. 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.
  27. Former police officer Ben Dyball, accused of being "blatantly insubordinate", hiding evidence in his personal locker and sleeping in his patrol vehicle, is unfit to hold a gun licence, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal rules.

  28. Southern Queensland's blazing temperatures claim an unlikely victim, with Waco the German shepherd succumbing to heat stroke after tracking an offender, as several towns swelter through their hottest February day on record.

  29. When Catherine Iseppi watched her grandson go through cancer treatment, she vowed to do whatever she could to help ease the pain.

  30. A group of Korean high school students have spent two months in Australia learning horsemanship and riding skills. Read more
  31. The Townsville Hospital is one of three regional Queensland sites selected to host national pharmacy training program.

  32. The Queensland Government is concerned the air is not fresh enough in national parks, citing air quality and passive smoking as key reasons for a partial smoking ban that comes into force tomorrow.

  33. Jillaroos player Kody House says the team's training has been more focused this year as they head to their camp on the Gold Coast ahead of the Auckland Nines.