Saturday, October 31: Brisbane, showers and storms likely at 31 degrees. Sydney, rain and a possible storm with 22 degrees today. Melbourne, a shower or two at 18 degrees.
NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean said the new addition of land on Friday afternoon was the largest single boost to national parks since 2005.
- by Nick O'Malley
The Hills, upper north shore and Sutherland districts were the regions hardest hit by storms last year, as an insurance expert warns suburban homeowners are not prepared.
- by Mary Ward
Controversial Western Highway roadworks have been halted for a further three weeks after a Victorian Supreme Court hearing was told Djab Wurrung traditional owners believed the removal of culturally-significant trees would contravene the Aboriginal Heritage Act and human rights laws.
- by Miki Perkins
Thursday, October 20: Brisbane can expect more showers and possible storms, 30 degrees. A lot of rain headed for Sydney, up to 35 millimetres today. Cloudy in Canberra, 19 degrees. Late showers for Melbourne. Partly cloudy in Hobart, 17.
Homes are still without power across south-east Queensland after a second day of wild weather lashed parts of the state.
Australia can seize the opportunity or be left behind.
- by Llewelyn Hughes