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.
Procedures for dealing with kids at risk of self-harm were not being followed more than a decade after a death in custody at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre, a royal commission has been told.
Almost 100 people - many stranded on the top of houses, cars and verandahs - have been rescued by emergency workers after being trapped by floodwaters in cyclone-battered central Queensland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Queenslanders have been warned to prepare for the worst with flash flooding now a serious concern across the state.
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.
Three men have been arrested in Indonesia over an alleged plot to smuggle Nepalese people to Darwin by boat.
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