Union: Three cases of black lung recorded in three months

CFMEU Queensland district president Stephen Smyth said two of the men had been employees at Vale-owned Carborough Downs mine.

Thunder and lightning and very, very frightening

Thank you to all our Facebook photographers - both professional and amateur - who sent in images for this week's cover search. Here are a selection of some of the favourites. Courtney Drew - Storm over Silkstone

Courtney Drew is the winner of this week's cover photo search

Orion Hotel grand opening tomorrow- we'll drink to that!

OPENING TOMORROW: Venue manager Paul Telford and Oz Hotels marketing manager Ra Marcroft in the new Orion Hotel.

Staff will be serving up their first meal and beer pint

Yowie hunt draws dose of humour from readers

Researcher claims to have had a few encounters with the hairy beast

Father of two punched partner in the face, then choked her

Ipswich Magistrates Court

The man was sentenced to four months in jail and released on parole

Basketball championships win $10,000 funding

Ipswich Force basketball player Daniel Sims. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times

Basketball championships win $10,000 funding

Bail for trio charged with serious animal cruelty offences

The State Government is reviewing the proposed race track at Slacks Creek.

Three charged over greyhound live baiting granted bail

Reward doubles in hunt for pensioner's attackers

The scene of a shooting at Mary Street in Bundamba on Friday morning. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

Ipswich Council to match any reward given by Crime Stoppers

More nursing jobs in Qld as patient ratios introduced

Prescribed medical, surgical and mental health wards will be required to maintain a minimum of one nurse to four patients for morning and afternoon shifts, and one nurse to seven patients for night shifts.

Nurse to patient ratio legislation introduced

City's artists share in $20,000 in funding

Charlie Pisasale

Regional Arts Development Fund boost for Ipswich artists

LETTERS: Time to change name Jo

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Minister for Corrective Services and Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller at the official swearing-in ceremony when Queensland Parliament resumed in Brisbane. Photographer: Liam Kidston. POOL IMAGES: FREE FOR EDITORIAL USE IN PRINT AND ONLINE

Readers' letters from today's Opinion page of The QT

Special graduates say goodbye with a song

FUN TIMES: Students at Goodna Special School create their school song with the CATS team.

CATS help special school students decide what to do after graduation

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OPINION: 'Women of Achievement' Calendar sets tone for 2016

Prestigious tyre manufacturer Pirelli's calendar has tongues wagging

Ipswich best for galloper

Red Cent in the money at Bundamba

Child abduction attempts: Stranger danger still vital

Attempted child abductions reports in Toowoomba, Roma and Chinchilla

OPINION: Sometimes the truth will sting

The Queensland Times Editor Peter Chapman.

My Comment column with QT Editor Peter Chapman

Tips to keep your club safe from unwelcome surprises

Sport Ipswich logo Photo: Contributed

House Rules column from Ipswich Sports House

Why I decided to adopt a family in need this Christmas

Giving someone who is doing it tough a Christmas to remember

Man charged over father's hit-and-run death

Bruce Mitchell, pictured with his children, was killed in a hit and run at Oakey on Sunday night.

28-year-old Goombungee man to face court over father's death

How a drug addicted dealer is kicking his bad habits

Drug-user tells court how widowed father used cannabis daily

Seeney’s funding favoured government electorates: auditor

Councils in LNP-held seats had a higher rate of success in applying for Royalties for Regions grants.

Premier says Seeney's admin of Royalties for Regions was a 'rort'

Brazen drug smuggler delivers boyfriend more time in jail

Attempt to smuggle in drugs ends in extra six months in prison

Girl, 12, charged with attempted murder for school stabbing

Police generic, crime scene.  Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times

The incident happened a a Caboolture school on Monday morning

Premier denies seeing early result of Jo-Ann Miller probe

Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller takes a tour of Ocean Street, Maroochydore. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily

The Premier and minister were very short on answers in Question Time

What two weeks without exercise does to your body

When people are exercising regularly, they have more healthy food cravings.

Tempted to ditch the gym for drinks and Christmas dinners?

Can we justify killing animals for food?

"Given cattle are major producers of greenhouse gases, on balance, it would be better if they didn't exist", says a bioethics professor. Photo / Getty

Philosophers discuss the ethics of eating our animal friends

RBA leaves cash rate on hold at 2 per cent

The Reserve Bank has decided to leave the cash rate on hold

Brough never asked me to steal Slipper's diary, says Ashby

Mal Brough

James Ashby denied the claims to Alan Jones on radio today

Croc v croc fight to the death captured on film

Photographer Sandra Bell captured this amazing image of a crocodile fight inRinyirru (Lakefield) National Park in North Queensland.

Photographer Sandra Bell captured the two crocodiles in a fight

Abbott would have 'died happy' after losing leadership

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott at Rockhampton Girls Grammar School for an afternoon tea. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott stands by his achievements as PM

Is PSY's new song 'Daddy' as catchy as Gangnam Style?

A still from PSY's video clip for 'Daddy'.

Merry Christmas, the world's favourite Korean pop star is back

Pirelli shuns supermodels for Serena Williams, Amy Schumer

Comedian Amy Schumer and tennis legend Serena Williams in the annual Pirelli calendar, which has this year moved away from its traditional supermodel subjects, to women who are achievers.

You probably won't see this one pinned up in the mechanic's garage

Turkey shot down Russian jet to defend IS oil, says Putin

An image grab made from a video shows a burning Russian fighter jet coming down after being shot down near the Turkish-Syrian border. Picture: AFP

The Russian president says IS oil goes through Turkish territory.

VIDEO: Readers say dancing cop is a top bloke

Gladstone's dancing cop Constable Dominic McGee broke up the boredom of traffic controlling over the weekend with some fun moves. Photo Campbell Gellie / The Observer

Constable Dominic McGee had a blast directing traffic for 14 hours

Teens evade taxi fare as ‘their brains are still growing’

The bunch of teens panicked and ran off from the taxi without paying

Irish comic's letter to ISIS: 'What's the craic lads?'

Irish comedian Finchie Cova has written to ISIS, asking the terror group why his country is in its bad books

He delivers a harsh warning to ISIS to not blow up his favourite pub

Cupid’s undies are worn for a good cause

FUNDRAISING: Katrina Sinclair will take part in Cupid’s Undie Run in February to raise money for NF.

Cupid’s undies are worn for a good cause

Meat pie was man’s undoing after he lied about car crash

PIE-EATERS BEWARE: Simon Crean, who describes himself as ‘a great beef-eater’, promises consumers would be safe.

A meat pie foiled Eden Curtis Bell's story after he crashed his ute

Postie led police to man who mailed himself marijuana

A Toowoomba man acquired the drug in Sydney and mailed it to himself

Coco Austin's breastfeeding pain

Coco Austin's nipples feel like they are "gonna fall off"

Kristin Cavallari shares baby picture

Kristin Cavallari has shared a picture of her daughter online

Will Taylor Swift bring famous friends to Hamilton Island?

Taylor Swift is on tour in Australia.

Music superstar Taylor Swift may already be on Hamilton Island

David Beckham pays Paris tribute

Beckham leads stars including Bieber in tribute to Paris victims

Sinead O'Connor's disturbing new post after overdose threat

Sinead O'Connor has claimed an overdoes on Facebook

From the farm to your plate

VIVA ITALIA: New owner Sarah Martin and her partner Michael Emerick have just re-opened the restaurant. They have big plans for it including an antipasto caf area where they will also sell all their own produce from their farm. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail

Fresh local produce served up at Viva Italia

Ipswich Grammar old boy the new most eligible bachelor

ELIGIBLE: One of the entry photos that helped cinch CLEO Media Bachelor of the Year award for Mutdapilly’s Rafe Berding.

Rafe Berding took on a tongue-in-cheek challenge from a colleague

Mia is fighting for her life for the second time

LITTLE FIGHTER: Rhianne and Ryan Pearce are immensely proud of their daughter Mia Pearce who is fighting leukaemia. Photo: contributed

Two-year-old Bundaberg toddler fighting for a second time

Jetstar faces pointed flak as launches in NZ

The Air New Zealand ad run in the New Zealand Herald newspaper.

Jetstar's 50-seat Bombardier Q300 is due to take off from Napier

Walton says: I can’t recall

The Walton collapse left Sunshine Coast sub-contractors $2.9m out of pocket.

Liquidator Grant Thornton has reserved the right to recall Walton

Why single women are more likely to retire poor

Women still retire with around half as much superannuation as men.

BILL SHOCK: 62% of households report increased power bills

Switch off your appliances at the wall if you're heading away from home these holidays.

POLL: Have you experienced a shock on your power bill?

Be sure to read the fine print in Turnbull’s economic update

Treasurer Scott Morrison (L) and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015.

Turnbull has made clear that the time for a change has come

$4m in super relying only on compulsory contributions?

Noel Whittaker

Is $4m from 25 to retirement really possible?