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Thick cloud over eastern parts of SA, VIC and parts of TAS with a trough is producing showers and a few storms. Cloud across the north with a region of low pressure is bringing showers and the odd storm. Low cloud in the southwest with cool onshore winds is causing light showers.

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Walgett has two rivers but no water left to drink

17:29 EDT

One of the river beds has deep cracks.

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.