Thursday: South to southeasterly 15/20 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore south of Cape Capricorn in the evening. Seas: 1/1.5 metres, increasing to 2/3 metres south of Cape Capricorn. Swell: Northeast to southeasterly 1/2 metres, tending east to southeasterly 2/4 metres later in the evening. Friday: South to southeasterly 15/20 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore south of Cape Capricorn early in the morning. Winds tending east to southeasterly in the late afternoon. Seas: 1.5/2.5 metres, decreasing to 1/1.5 metres around midday. Swell: Northeast to southeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 2/4 metres offshore. Outlook Saturday: East to southeasterly 10/15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots before dawn. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: East to southeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1/2 metres offshore. Outlook Sunday: Variable about 10 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Northeast to southeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1/2 metres offshore southern waters.Issued Thu 15:50 EST
16:24 EST The Federal Agriculture Minister rejects criticism from the Labor Opposition that the Government's drought assistance package is a 'failure'.