George Roberts,

George Roberts

Brisbane, QLD, Australia

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Recent articles by George:

Queensland's rain brings relief but not an end to drought and water shortages

Days of rain bring joyous scenes of celebration as much-needed downpours saturate parts of Queensland, but is it enough to end the drought? Short answer — not yet. → Read More

Council approves removal of 96 million litres of water a year from drought-ravaged region

Farmers in Queensland's drought-declared and bushfire-hit Southern Downs Region say they are devastated the council is allowing a company to take up to 96 million litres of water a year for bottling. → Read More

Fury over 'totally unacceptable' response after 32 horses found dead on property west of Toowoomba

Photos provided to the ABC by the head of an animal rescue organisation show dead horses and others that appear to be in a severely underfed state on a property west of Toowoomba. → Read More

Brisbane soldiers recently serving in Iraq, Afghanistan to join bushfire fight in southern states

Brisbane-based soldiers who've been serving in Iraq and Afghanistan are deployed in southern states as the national bushfire emergency continues. → Read More

Mr Percival's bar on Brisbane River hit by gun shots weeks after being firebombed

Weeks after Mr Percival's bar at Brisbane's Howard Street Wharves was deliberately set on fire, shots are fired at the venue from a boat on the river. Police are not yet to confirm the two incidents are connected. → Read More

The band of volunteers bringing music and a bit of joy to the halls of Princess Alexandra Hospital

When Cesare Chez Crispigni and his bandmates — all between 77 and 80 years old — strike up a song in the waiting rooms of Princess Alexandra Hospital visitors start tapping their feet and singing along, bringing a bit of joy, staff say, to what can be an overwhelming place. → Read More

Christmas, Black Friday sales drive spike in parcel deliveries for Australia Post

Strong pre-Christmas online sales mean Australia Post has hired an extra 3,500 staff to cope with a massive increase in parcel deliveries compared to this time last year. → Read More

Queensland's child protection system let this teenager down so she's calling for a major overhaul

After the deaths of two toddlers last month, who were known to the Queensland department of child services, a former child of the system is calling for a major overhaul so future carers and children have greater support and a better shot at life afterwards. → Read More

'Heatwave' conditions set for north Queensland as 'hotter than average' summer begins

Despite overnight rain in parts of the south-east, hot, dry weather and severe fire danger are forecast again this week with the weather bureau expecting temperatures to climb above 40 degrees Celsius in southern parts of Queensland. → Read More

Archaeologists find Queen Victoria-inspired perfume under future Woolloongabba Cross River Rail station

A perfume bottle topped with Queen Victoria's crown and an old toothpaste box are among artefacts uncovered at the construction site for a Cross River Rail station in Brisbane. → Read More

Job applicants forced to give blood tests, waive privacy rights, to work on Shell's QGC project

A company working on the Shell-owned Queensland Gas Corporation project tells job applicants they will not be accepted until they submit to blood tests to check if they are at risk of heart attack, high cholesterol and potentially other conditions. → Read More

'Not even realising what I was doing': Cause of Parkinson's treatment's gambling and sex drive side effect revealed

Doctors now know why medication used to treat Parkinson's disease gives some people a high sex drive and makes others gambling addicts. And researchers hope they can now warn people if they are susceptible to such side effects. → Read More

Meramist Abattoir was warned by Environment Department after neighbours complained of 'distressing noise'

Neighbours' complaints of hearing loud noises including the sound of shit-scared animals at a Caboolture abattoir prompted an investigation by Queensland's Environment Department and a warning that it could face $500,000 in fines. → Read More

Abattoir neighbour tells of 'frantic' sounds of horses brought in at night, horror at realising what happens next door

The neighbour of a Queensland abattoir responsible for the mass slaughter of racehorses is appalled by the ABC's report of what has been happening just 30 metres away from her property. → Read More

Man dies after being shot during home invasion near Beaudesert

A man is dead after being shot in the leg during a home invasion south of Brisbane in which another man was hit on the head with a hammer. → Read More

Queensland firefighters get a break, but blazes continue with no rain in sight

Firefighters from South Australia arrive in Queensland to give local crews a rest from battling bushfires, but the break may be short-lived with conditions forecast to get worse in the state later in the week. → Read More

Kookaburra Queen paddlewheel boat crashes on Brisbane River, sending passenger falling through deck floor

One of Brisbane's iconic tourist boats crashes into an unknown object while carrying about 50 passengers, injuring three people and causing one person to fall through an upper deck floor. → Read More

'No rain at all in Queensland': Severe to extreme fire danger to return

The fire danger rating will increase in parts of southern Queensland from tomorrow, with forecasters saying a return to severe to extreme conditions are expected from Monday, when temperatures are due to be significantly hotter than the September average. → Read More

Can you beat a bee through a maths maze? What arithmetical bees could mean for AI

We already know they're essential for life on the planet, but now researchers have discovered bees can learn basic arithmetic — forcing a rethink on the correlation between brain size and intelligence. → Read More

Climate change and political instability could disrupt global food security

Massive storms and political uncertainty are the kind of things the University of Tasmania's Richard Cottrell says could cause "food shock". → Read More