Is the PMs plan for the future of clean energy to be 'made in Australia' possible?
Queensland Country Hour
by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
3d ago
For decades manufacturing has been leaving Australian shores in favour of cheaper Asian industrial powerhouses like India and China, but now Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says its time to bring it back.  But can Australia really compete with massive economies like the US, which is also making a strong bid to provide the technology that will underpin a clean energy future?  If it can, indigenous Australians say they should be involved from the start, and what lessons can be learned from the innovation already happening in rural Australia ..read more
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Changing backpacker visas could interrupt Australia's food supply. Here's how.
Queensland Country Hour
by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
3d ago
It's become a right of passage for young people from about 40 countries around the world - go backpacking in Australia and while you're there pick up a jobs in a regional area to make money and extend your stay.  More than a tourist program, the Working Holiday Maker visa has become a key source of workers in agriculture, which is why some farmers are nervous about potential changes that could see fewer people take up the challenge of a farm job.   ..read more
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You may not have heard of this organisation but they're crucial to getting steak to your table
Queensland Country Hour
by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
3d ago
A new era for Meat and Livestock Australia, as the new managing director Michael Crowley takes the reigns.    ..read more
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The DNA breakthrough that could help biofuel from sugar cane take off.
Queensland Country Hour
by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
5d ago
Sugar cane was brought to Australia on the first fleet in 1788, and until now it has been grown to produce raw sugar. But the crop is incredibly versatile, and mapping its genome could see it used in biofuels, bioplastics, perfume, and even sustainable fabrics. As motorists are told to brace for rising oil prices, the farmers behind the crop say political leadership is the only piece missing in the renewable fuel puzzle.  ..read more
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Weather balloons, cyclones and 10,000 birds. This is life on Willis Island.
Queensland Country Hour
by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
5d ago
Built in the 1920s to serve as an early warning beacon for cyclones and storms, the Bureau of Meteorology weather station on this tiny Island in the Coral Sea has been providing continuous weather observations ever since. It takes the four observers who live there two days to travel the 450km by boat from Cairns, and once they're there, they are in it for the long haul.  ..read more
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The remote cattle station with better connectivity than some city suburbs
Queensland Country Hour
by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
1w ago
Prenti Downs in the heart of Western Australia has download speeds good enough to watch the cricket and an upload speed that allows live streaming on YouTube. Jack Carmody says many pastoralists have expressed an interest in adopting the same system, and while the cost of the investment stops some, the main barrier is a lack of confidence in technology ..read more
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Australia's first lab-grown meat is on the menu in Singapore. Could local consumers get a taste next?
Queensland Country Hour
by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
1w ago
A parfait made from Japanese quail cells has become the first Australian lab-grown meat to hit the world market. It's not cheap or widely available, but the company behind it hopes Aussies will soon get their first taste of the luxury "novelty" food.  Could it be the future of meat - or is it destined to follow other distinctive delicacies like canned rabbit, which once dominated diner demand but has since disappeared from the dinner table ..read more
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Could storing gas in the Great Artesian Basin save or damn the environment?
Queensland Country Hour
by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
1w ago
Mining giant Glencore says its project to trial injecting carbon dioxide from a coal-fired power station in southern Queensland into an aquifer in the Great Artesian Basin would be a 'first step' toward large-scale carbon capture and storage. After 35 years of work to restore the water source, farmers say it's a backward step.  ..read more
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William Baker can afford an ATV, but he's not allowed to buy one.
Queensland Country Hour
by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
1w ago
Atlanta Baker just wants to take her dad down to the dam for a cuppa, but aged care funding rules mean that dream is inaccessible.  ..read more
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Horror start to 2024 for Queensland Agriculture industry as four people have died on farms
Queensland Country Hour
by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
2w ago
Farm safety advocates are urging farmers to report all incidents including near misses on farms, as Queensland Parliament passes new quad bike regulations ..read more
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