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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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

Survivors of the sunken tourist boat recuperate in the town of Bima

Remarkable escape: A sinking boat, a three mile swim – and then they land on an erupting volcano

Kathy Marks tells the story of a group of tourists who survived a stricken Indonesian ferry

Former politician and banker Neville Wran, left, with his wife Jill and children Harriet and Hugo, at a charity event in 2005

Harriet Wran goes from penthouse to jail house: The downfall of the Australian heiress who had everything

The daughter of a leading politician has been charged with murdering an alleged drug dealer while reportedly high on drugs and living rough. Kathy Marks reports on a fall from grace that has left a nation reeling in shock

Jamaliah (L) gives a hug to her daughter Raudhatul Jannah (C) after being reunited in Meulaboh, Aceh, northern Sumatra, Indonesia, 07 August 2014.

Raudhatul Jannah: Girl lost in Indian Ocean tsunami reunited with her parents 10 years on

Raudhatul was just four-years-old when the 2004 tsunami hit

Gammy is now expected to travel to Bangkok for medical treatment

Down's syndrome baby: Thai surrogate mother of 'abandoned' twin Gammy will keep him – and says she doesn't blame Australian couple

After her experience, Pattharamon Janbua said she would advise no woman to 'get into this business'
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