It's "extraordinarily surprising" no one was killed during Cyclone Debbie or its torrential aftermath, Queensland's emergency services chief says.
Queensland's southeast is bracing for its worst floods since 2011 after ex-tropical cyclone Debbie delivered a sting in the tail on Thursday.
Girls had to be given the morning after pill following two riots at Don Dale Detention Centre, the NT royal commission has heard.
Closed ports and railways have halted all Queensland coal shipments as heavy downpours from ex-tropical cyclone Debbie threaten to flood some mines.
Swift water rescue teams have pulled over 40 people from floodwaters in southeast Queensland on Thursday, after torrential rain from Cyclone Debbie hit the region.
A severe weather warning has been issued for dangerous surf along the southern Queensland coast and almost 50 roads have been closed on the Sunshine Coast as heavy rain hammers the state's southeast.
One morning near the end of her long-shot congressional campaign, 25-year-old Erin Schrode rolled over in bed, reflexively checked her phone and burst into tears.
Tasmania's doctors have joined state opposition calls for an independent inquiry into bed numbers at public hospitals.
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.
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.