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ACCC recommends immediate overhaul of insurance in northern Australia as costs soar

14:31 EDT

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says government intervention is needed to bring down high insurance prices in Northern Australia, recommending the abolition of stamp duty on home, contents and strata insurance products.

Extreme heat wipes out almost one third of Australia's spectacled flying fox population

13:42 EDT

An extreme heatwave in far north Queensland last month is estimated to have killed more than 23,000 spectacled flying foxes, equating to almost one third of the species in Australia.

Severe storms and heatwave to end the week in NSW

11:24 EDT

Severe thunderstorms and a severe heatwave will affect parts of NSW during the second half of this week.