Kathy Marks is Asia-Pacific for The Independent, based in Sydney. She has also worked for Reuters and The Daily Telegraph.
30 June 2013 12:00 AM
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
27 June 2013 05:30 PM
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
27 June 2013 12:00 AM
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.
26 June 2013 06:28 PM
When Julia Gillard became Australia’s first female PM in June 2010, it was seen as a milestone for gender equality in Australia.
A last-stitch bid? Storm over photo of republican Australia PM Julia Gillard knitting kangaroo for royal baby
25 June 2013 11:56 AM
Blair's former spin-doctor John McTernan was sure it would do wonders for her popularity - but stunt has backfired
14 June 2013 07:03 PM
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”.
14 June 2013 06:58 PM
Radio host widely condemned for live questioning of Prime Minister
'Gender wars' flare with vengeance over Australia opposition's crude joke at Prime Minister Julia Gillard
12 June 2013 04:59 PM
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.
09 June 2013 12:00 AM
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.
29 May 2013 06:29 PM
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.
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
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