Queensland floods 'like a tsunami' - Australia Network News
A raging torrent of water swept through the Queensland city of Toowoomba killing several people and leave others missing. The flooding came without warning, and many people scrambled onto rooftops to escape the wall of water. A major search and rescue operation is underway for the missing. http://australianetworknews.com
Australia releases first National Security Strategy
Australia's first National Security Strategy focuses on cyber-security and closer ties with Asia. Prime Minister Julia Gillard also says Australia has a key role to play in the Asia-Pacific region and is optimistic that China and the US can manage change in the region. Political editor, Catherine McGrath reports.
Thousands of homes underwater in Queensland flood crisis
There's a major flood crisis in the Australian state of Queensland, with thousands of homes underwater. In some places, people are still trapped on roofs, with rivers rising rapidly overnight and this morning. Almost 2,000 kilometres of the east coast, from north of Cairns to Sydney have been battered by the remains of Cyclone Oswald. As well as torrential rain and high winds, tornados have caused serious damage in several communities, the worst affected being Bundaberg and Gympie in Queensland, and Coffs Harbour in New South Wales. Hundreds of homes and business are already flooded and thousands more, including entire suburbs of Brisbane, are on flood alert.
Researchers to track elusive blue whales
The Antarctic blue whale is the largest creature to have lived on earth, but very little is known about it. Now researchers are about to use military technology to learn more, and to listen out for the ocean giant. Stephen Smiley reports.