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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Calls for closure of ‘Australia’s gulag’ in Papua New Guinea after gangs kill asylum-seeker

Hardline ‘Pacific Solution’ under scrutiny after 77 people injured during rampage at detention centre

The parched flatlands near Cloncurry in Queensland

Cloncurry: A town in the Queensland outback that is so dry it may run out of people

After two rainless years, an Australian mayor sees moving everyone out as a final possibility

Protests against shark culling have increased after the Western Australian government introduced a culling policy following an increase in shark attacks in the region

Is Tony Abbott's Australian administration the most hostile to his nation's environment in history?

Shark culling, dumping on the Great Barrier Reef and the felling of Tasmanian forests have made the country an ‘international laughing stock’, environmentalists say

Ian Thorpe has reportedly been admitted to rehab after being found disorientated in a Sydney street

Ian Thorpe admitted to rehab after Olympic gold-medallist is found disorientated in a Sydney street

The five-time Olympic gold medallist Australian swimmer is believed to have been suffering from depression after being affected by a combination of antidepressants and painkillers

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has accused the country's national broadcaster ABC of being unpatriotic

Australian PM Tony Abbott attacks unpatriotic ABC over broadcaster's lack of 'basic affection for the home team'

Mr Abbott is infuriated by ABC's revelation that intelligence agencies tapped the phone of the Indonesian President and by allegations that asylum-seekers were mistreated by navy personnel 

Hanging Rock is under threat

No picnic at Hanging Rock: Australian beauty spot which was setting for famed Seventies film under threat from hotel developers

Protest meetings – and even a protest picnic - held at the site as petition with 5,000 signatures urges council to reconsider

A barge carries asylum-seekers bound for detention centres on Christmas Island after their boat was intercepted

Australian government uses military to repel ‘boat people’ but is silent on claims of savage treatment

Tony Abbott's administration was elected on a promise to 'stop the boats,' but hunger strikes and claims detainees have sewn their lips together have citizens asking 'at what cost?'

Not so liveable: Melbourne

Forgotten in life, a victim shames a city: The violent murder of a homeless man triggers Melbourne's remorse

Passers-by take 'selfies' at the scene where Wayne 'Mousey' Perry was stabbed to death

Under the new laws, bikers must convince a court why they should be granted bail, rather than the other way around, and are restricted from gathering in groups of three or more

Australian state of Queensland adopts populist, hard-line laws 'reminiscent of Soviet Russia and Hitler’s Germany'

The premier of the Australian state has alarmed civil libertarians by introducing draconian laws aimed at clamping down on motorbike gangs, paedophiles and even parties

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