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Cloud over the western parts of SA ahead of a trough is generating a few showers. Cloud over the southeast with a cold front is causing showers and the odd storm over VIC and TAS. High jetstream cloud over northern QLD and NT is not producing any rain.

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Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Irrigation lobbyists offered access to confidential government documents

21:26 EST

The top water bureaucrat in NSW, Gavin Hanlon, has been secretly recorded offering to confidentially share internal government information with irrigation lobbyists — documents he proposed to strip of government logos and share via a special Dropbox account — to assist their lobbying against the contentious Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Western Queensland drought leaves graziers facing more impossible choices

18:11 EST

For the first time in four years western Queensland sheep grazier Peter Clark has lambs in his flock, but as drought maintains its stranglehold on the region he may still be forced into another heart-wrenching stock reduction.

Brisbane thawing out after cold start

16:38 EST

Brisbane is enjoying a warm day after its coldest morning in two years.