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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Asyulum-seekers on the island of Java were turned back to Indonesia by the Australian Navy while trying to reach Christmas Island

Outcry after Australia takes ‘sugar off the table’ in an effort to deter would-be refugees

PM Tony Abbott is refusing to resettle asylum-seekers travelling through Indonesia

Thunderstruck: AC/DC fans in shock as drummer faces murder plot charge

Phil Rudd, the band’s drummer, has been charged with trying to arrange two murders

Conman Peter Foster is back behind bars – for now

Caught with his pants down… but can conman Peter Foster escape justice again?

The man who brought Cherie Blair to tears, duped Sarah Ferguson and swindled millions, is back behind bars – for now

Julia Gillard recalls the 'loneliness' of often being the sole woman at boardroom meetings in her book 'My Story'

Julia Gillard: Australia's first female Prime Minister reveals the 'sexism and misogyny' she faced on her rise to the top

In her new book, the Welsh-born politician addresses the gender debate and tells Kathy Marks about her hopes for a change in attitude

Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie, who has been dubbed the Sarah Palin of Australia

Sharia law 'obviously involves terrorism' - says Australian senator dubbed Canberra’s Palin

Senator Jacqui Lambie is right wing, loud, and not very bright. The sober alcoholic also has a hand on the balance of power.

A young scavenger poses over tons of rubbish in Cambodia

Australia offers new home to its would-be migrants… in Cambodia

Canberra’s latest ‘solution’ to its refugee problem has shocked even seasoned observers. Kathy Marks reports on what Amnesty has called ‘a new low’ in the country’s treatment of asylum seekers

Police patrol Sydney harbour after a “known terror suspect” who stabbed two officers was shot dead a day after Isis called for Muslims to indiscriminately kill Australians

Terror threat puts Australia on alert, but ‘darkening’ situation is raising the government’s popularity

Fears and tensions rise after police officers are stabbed while attempting to question a potential suspect, who was then shot dead. Now residents are uncertain how to go about their everyday lives

Teflon-coated: John Key acknowledges his victory on Saturday

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key wins third term as scandals fail to stick

National Party takes historic majority in New Zealand’s parliament

Norfolk Island plans to legalise same-sex marriage

Gay marriage: Mutiny on the Bounty islanders blaze a new trail to boost tourism

Norfolk Island plans to legalise same-sex marriage – and boost its ailing tourism industry

People wait to have lost election cards replaced at the election office for the upcoming elections in Suva, the capital. Fiji has imposed a strict media blackout of coverage of the South Pacific nation's first elections since a 2006 military coup, warning journalists face up to five years jail if they do not comply

Fiji general election: Frank Bainimarama wants to be voted in as Prime Minister eight years after he took power in coup

Bainimarama's coup in 2006 was Fiji's fourth in two decades. He is now urging people to vote for his Fiji First party and make him a genuine, rather than self-appointed, Prime Minister

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'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
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Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
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Songs from the bell jar

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One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
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Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
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Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
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Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

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Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?