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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Harold Bell Lasseter, seen right on a truck in Alice Springs in 1930, after finding nuggets ‘as big as plums’

El Dorado 'found' on Google Earth: Now expedition launched to retrieve legendary Australian gold

In 1929, Harold Bell Lasseter transfixed Australia with a tale of a quartz outcrop in the heart of the continent containing gold nuggets "as thick as plums in a pudding". He had stumbled across the reef, buried beneath sand hills in Western Australia's remote Gibson Desert, he claimed, while prospecting for rubies three decades earlier.

Australia's new PM Kevin Rudd topples Labor rival Julia Gillard - then calls for 'kindness' between MPs

New Prime Minister faces ongoing defections as cabinet ministers continue to resign

Three years after being knifed by Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd gets revenge and returns as Australian Prime Minister

In an extraordinary turnaround in political fortunes, Australia's former prime minister, Kevin Rudd, wrestled the top job back today from Julia Gillard, who ousted him nearly three years ago to the day.

Julia Gillard announces her resignation after being ousted as Labor Party leader by Kevin Rudd

Australia's former PM Julia Gillard broke the mould – then it broke her

When Julia Gillard  became Australia’s first female PM in June 2010, it was seen as a milestone for gender equality in Australia.

How the Daily Telegraph in Sydney reported the Gillard controversy

A last-stitch bid? Storm over photo of republican Australia PM Julia Gillard knitting kangaroo for royal baby

Blair's former spin-doctor John McTernan was sure it would do wonders for her popularity - but stunt has backfired

General tells Australian army to behave or 'get out'

The chief of the Australian Army, Lieutenant-General David Morrison, was hailed as an unlikely feminist hero yesterday for telling officers and men who “demean or exploit” their female colleagues to “get out”.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard with her partner Tim Mathieson

'Is your partner gay?' Shock jock sacked over Gillard interview

Radio host widely condemned for live questioning of Prime Minister

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard

'Gender wars' flare with vengeance over Australia opposition's crude joke at Prime Minister Julia Gillard

Australia's "gender wars" have reignited with a vengeance, with the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, warning that politics will be dominated by "men in blue ties" if her Labor government loses power, and the opposition Liberal Party embarrassed by revelations about a fundraising dinner menu containing crude references to Ms Gillard's physique.

Tasmania could be the first state in Australia to allow gay marriage

Bigots' Island becomes gay rights central: Tasmania is undergoing a remarkable cultural conversion

Twenty years after being dubbed "Bigots' Island", Tasmania is shaking off its reputation as a bastion of conservatism so successfully that it now seems more like Progressive Central. It looks set to be the first place in Australia to legalise same-sex marriage, and is considering a whole range of reforms that will make it one of the most liberal places on Earth.

Adam Goodes of the Sydney Swans

Radio host reignites Aussie rules racism row

In 1993, an Aboriginal Australian rules footballer, Nicky Winmar, lifted his jersey and pointed proudly at his black skin, in defiance of a spectator who was racially abusing him - an action captured in a photograph that seemed to mark a watershed in Australia's tolerance of racism.

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