Thursday: Southerly 20/30 knots, reaching 35 knots in the north. Seas: 2.5/3.5 metres. Swell: Southeasterly 3 metres. Caution: Large and powerful surf conditions, hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing. Friday: Southerly 20/30 knots. Seas: 2/3 metres. Swell: South to southeasterly 2.5/3 metres, increasing to 4 metres offshore. Caution: Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing. Outlook Saturday: Southwesterly 20/30 knots turning southerly in the afternoon. Seas: 2/3 metres. Swell: Southerly 2.5/3 metres. Outlook Sunday: South to southwesterly 15/20 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the afternoon. Seas: 1/2 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon. Swell: Southerly 2/2.5 metres, tending southeasterly 1.5/2 metres during the day.Issued Thu 16:05 EST
16:24 EST The Federal Agriculture Minister rejects criticism from the Labor Opposition that the Government's drought assistance package is a 'failure'.