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DNA test a possible solution to cattle dehorning procedures

Sat, 2014-03-15 11:18

A newly developed DNA test could provide the beef cattle industry with a solution to the practice of dehorning livestock.

Morcombe killer Cowan's jail time under review

Sat, 2014-03-15 08:32

The Queensland Government says it will consider legal action to extend jail time for Daniel Morcombe's convicted killer, Brett Peter Cowan.

The 44-year-old serial sex offender was of Friday sentenced to life in prison for the abduction and murder of the 13-year-old schoolboy on the Sunshine Coast in December 2003.

Lawyers for Cowan say they will file a Notice of Appeal against his conviction within 28 days.

In sentencing, Justice Roslyn Atkinson said Cowan's crimes had a shocking impact and she made it clear she did not believe Cowan should be granted parole when he is eligible, describing him as a "convincing liar".

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie says he is reviewing the sentence, and the Queensland Government is seeking advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Broncos hold on for dramatic win over Cowboys

Fri, 2014-03-14 21:40

The Brisbane Broncos came from behind to beat Queensland rivals the Cowboys 16-12 in a Lang Park classic.

Sydney FC holds 10-man Roar to draw

Fri, 2014-03-14 20:32

Besart Berisha saw red as Sydney FC extended Brisbane Roar's wait for the Premier's Plate with a 1-1 A-League draw.

Psychologist who treated Morcombe's killer gives insight into child sex offenders

Fri, 2014-03-14 18:23

A psychologist who treated Daniel Morcombe's killer has given an insight into the mind of a serial child sex offender and how the prison system attempts to rehabilitate them.

Enough tablets for $2M in meth seized in Brisbane raid

Fri, 2014-03-14 16:49

An alleged bikie will appear in a Brisbane court later this month charged over the seizure of drugs and cash.

Read the victim impact statements of Daniel Morcombe's family

Fri, 2014-03-14 16:30

The Morcombe family fronted Brisbane's Supreme Court with a brave resolve to deliver moving accounts of life without Daniel.

Lawyer decries move to deport foreign mothers of Australian children

Fri, 2014-03-14 15:49

A Brisbane immigration lawyer says there has been a dramatic increase in foreign-born mothers of Australian children being ordered to leave the country.

Blues beat Warriors to seal home Shield final

Fri, 2014-03-14 15:14

New South Wales will host the Sheffield Shield final after beating Western Australia by three wickets at Manuka Oval.

Engineering giant cuts 230 aviation jobs

Fri, 2014-03-14 14:14

Engineering and construction giant John Holland has announced it is cutting 230 aviation jobs including 150 at Melbourne Airport.

The company blames "market conditions" for the decision, and is looking to find a potential buyer for its Tullamarine facility.

Unions say the decision is a result of airlines sending their planes overseas for maintenance.

Cassowary numbers in north Qld at all-time low, conservationists say

Fri, 2014-03-14 14:06

Conservationists working to protect cassowaries in north Queensland are worried the species' numbers have dropped to an all-time low.

NT parole officer regrets transfer of Cowan to Qld

Fri, 2014-03-14 13:15

A former parole officer says it was his decision to move the man who killed Daniel Morcombe from a prison in the Northern Territory to Queensland.

Daniel Morcombe's killer sentenced to life in prison

Fri, 2014-03-14 11:43

Daniel Morcombe's killer will spend at least two decades in prison, with a judge warning parole authorities not to be fooled by the serial child sex offender's lies in the future.

Brett Peter Cowan has been given a life sentence with a minimum non-parole period of 20 years for murdering the Queensland teenager in 2003.

Supreme Court Judge Roslyn Atkinson on Friday told Cowan his crimes were "horrific and disgraceful" and that he "tragically and pointlessly snuffed out a young life".

She said Cowan had pretended he was keen to be rehabilitated after previous crimes, and that he was a "convincing, plausible and adaptive liar".

She said those factors should be considered if Cowan applies for parole.

Lawyer says charges dropped against Campbell Brown

Fri, 2014-03-14 11:33

The lawyer for former AFL player, Campbell Brown, says police have told him they will drop charges against Brown.

Mum critical of bus company after sleeping 4yo misses school stop

Fri, 2014-03-14 10:50

A woman on Queensland's Gold Coast says her four-year-old daughter was taken to a bus depot instead of her school on Thursday morning.

Beachgoers warned of dangerous weekend surf

Fri, 2014-03-14 10:46

The weather bureau is warning of powerful surf on south-east Queensland beaches over the weekend.

Researchers hope for rise in wombat numbers

Fri, 2014-03-14 10:41

Researchers say wombat numbers in central Queensland are slowly increasing as conservation methods are refined.

Peter Slipper in and out of mental health facility, court told

Fri, 2014-03-14 09:31

Former parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper has been in and out of a mental health facility as he fights dishonesty charges, the ACT Magistrates court has heard.

Police defend handling of Daniel Morcombe case

Fri, 2014-03-14 09:19

Police in charge of the Daniel Morcombe investigation have defended the time it took to catch killer Brett Peter Cowan.

Cowan, 44, was yesterday found guilty of murder, indecent treatment of a child and interfering with a corpse, more than 10 years after 13-year-old Daniel disappeared while waiting for a bus on the Sunshine Coast.

Former police officer Kenneth King says Cowan was flagged as a very serious suspect years before police mounted the elaborate undercover operation that snared him.

But Queensland Police Assistant Commissioner Mike Condon says the case was very complex.

"We were dealing with things like false admissions by other persons of interest, in fact I must admit I personally don't know how many people admitted to killing Daniel Morcombe," he told a media conference this morning.

Weather bureau says new cyclones updates process 'difficult'

Fri, 2014-03-14 07:27

The Bureau of Meteorology says new hourly updates to cyclone warnings are producing erratic tracking maps.