Kathy Marks

Kathy Marks is Asia-Pacific for The Independent, based in Sydney. She has also worked for Reuters and The Daily Telegraph.

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A Great White Shark swims in Shark Alley near Dyer Island

Shark attacks in Australia: Great whites have been killing and injuring surfers in New South Wales – but calls for a cull divide opinion

A string of idyllic surf beaches on the northern New South Wales coast has become what one local calls 'the world shark hotspot'

The Christmas Island Detention Centre is reported to have shockingly poor healthcare

Australia aims to silence workers who blow whistle on abuse in refugee centres with two years in prison

A doctor who tended to traumatised migrants in Christmas Island explains that the jail threats in a new gagging law are 'chilling' in their effect

Australian Father posed as charming blond to dupe girls into sending him naked images

Police believe Stephen Grott preyed on, manipulated and humiliated 20 underage girls and young women over eight years

The Australian Aboriginal Flag, right, flies alongside the Australian National Flag on the top of the Sydney harbour bridge

Australia may finally recognise Aborigines in its constitution - but not until 2017

The nation's original inhabitants were not given the vote or counted in the census until 1967

Ashley Manetta’s memory loss may have been caused by ovarian cancer

'Sam': Mystery woman found in California suffering from amnesia is reunited with her family

Ashley Manetta's English accent and vivid dreams about Australia fuelled speculation that she was from one of those countries, but she is actually from Pennsylvania

Unlimited quantities of alcohol were served at the party. File photo

Australian man fired for drunken abuse at Christmas party was 'unfairly dismissed' because of unlimited quantities of alcohol on offer

The unnamed employee told his bosses to 'f*** off' and sexually harassed female colleagues after drinking around 10 beers and a vodka and coke

Kevin Rudd embraces his then deputy, Julia Gillard, in 2007, before the party came to power

Australia's 'Killing Season': Documentary series opens up the poisonous political feud between Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd

Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd were once Labor’s dream team – but as the party gained power, things turned sour. Now the gloves have come off for both former Prime Ministers in a documentary that has captivated Australia

In a statement, ABC acknowledged 'an error in judgement in allowing Zaky Mallah to join the audience and ask a question'

Australian Broadcasting Corporation admits to 'an error in judgement' after terror suspect is allowed to ask question during TV debate

Zaky Mallah quizzed a junior minister about government plans to strip terrorism suspects with dual nationality of their citizenship

Gillian Triggs is a former ballerina and now an Australian human rights campaigner

Unbroken: Gillian Triggs, the woman who stood up to Australia's PM on human rights and calls for her to quit

The Abbott government makes no effort to disguise its contempt for human rights busybodies

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