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Whitsundays in full grip of Debbie's power

The eye of Cyclone Debbie is hitting the Whitsunday Islands off the north Queensland coast, as the mainland towns of Proserpine and Airlie Beach take a battering.

'Go ahead, self harm': NT guard to teen

A Northern Territory youth prison guard allegedly told a boy who threatened to take his own life while in isolation to "go ahead" and do it, an inquiry has heard.

Mines, ports wait for Cyclone Debbie

Gold and coal mines and ports on the central Queensland coast are bracing for the impact of Cyclone Debbie, with trains and shipping halting ahead of the huge storm system's arrival.

Gutwein to attend Tas energy inquiry

Tasmania's Treasurer Peter Gutwein has confirmed he will comply with a summons to face the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee, while taking a swipe at the South Australian government's handling of energy supply.

Bowen crop growers nervous ahead of Debbie

Farmers in the Bowen region, home to major capsicum and tomato production, are bracing for potential devastation as Cyclone Debbie thunders slowly towards the north Queensland coast.