Melissa Price insists new Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority boss Josh Thomas passed a merit-based assessment, but failed to mention his former role as one of her senior advisers.
Nine years after the Chinese-owned coal carrier Shen Neng 1 ran aground on the Douglas Shoal, efforts to restore the reef are about to begin.
The Queensland Government defends giving almost $3.5 million of taxpayer dollars to the controversial Great Barrier Reef Foundation, including more than $100,000 for a smartphone app that is yet to be delivered.
The auditor-general criticises the Environment Department's assessment of whether a funding allocation worth nearly half a billion dollars was good value for money.
Fiji's tourism industry, the backbone of the country's economy, is under threat as coral reefs are killed off. But a US-born marine biologist known as "the coral gardener" says he may have a solution to the problem.
Melbourne doctor Daniel Christidis is hailed as a "fantastic doctor" and an "exceptional character" by colleagues grieving his death from a shark attack in north Queensland this week.
North Queensland tourism operators say there are no obvious signs of a fall in visitors to the region in response to a spate of shark attacks, but behind the scenes many people are worried.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority reveals its new chairman as Dr Ian Poiner — who has until now led a different organisation, which has been at the centre of a governance crisis engulfing the authority.
Mass bleaching in 2019 could undermine early signs of recovery on the reef, and portend its future as a system no longer dominated by coral. If another underwater heatwave hits, it would be the third mass bleaching on the reef in four years — something not predicted to occur regularly until the second half of the century.
The botched sinking of ex-HMAS Tobruk by a government contractor, which left the ship on its side and needing modifications to make it safer, will not be fixed after the risks of damaging it are deemed too high.