Payday lenders ‘preying’ on natural disaster victims, financial counsellors say

An alarming number of natural disaster victims turn to high-cost, short-finance — or pay day loans — to avoid going broke, financial counsellors say.

‘It’s house after house’: Townsville residents return home to mud and mess

Hundreds of Townsville residents begin to return to their flood-ravaged homes to find a big clean-up ahead, as the bureau warns the monsoon trough, that has dropped a year's worth of rain in week, will remain active for days.