Research shows why Aussies love their country

RESEARCH has confirmed what most Australians know - it's a cracking place to live.

American not-for-profit organisation Social Progress Imperative says Australia is the fourth most socially advanced nation in the world and "one of the best countries in the world to live".

The research measures the "social progress" of 99% of the world's population.

Australia ranked second globally on personal rights, freedom of speech, freedom of movement and political rights, but poorly in health because of rising obesity rates. Finland, Canada and Denmark topped Australia in the index.



Thousands of extra chooks to decend on Lockyer Valley

premium_icon Thousands of extra chooks to decend on Lockyer Valley

Expansions at two separate poultry farms to go ahead after getting green light from...

Multiple crews on scene at house fire in North Booval

premium_icon Multiple crews on scene at house fire in North Booval

Crews were called to the scene shortly before 4.30pm.

WARNING: Storms moving in, 85km/h wind gusts recorded

WARNING: Storms moving in, 85km/h wind gusts recorded

Storms to hit Ipswich, Somerset, South Burnett and Lockyer Valley.