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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Gold leaf: eucalyptus trees have unusually deep roots; the particles are sucked up and into the foliage by hydraulic action

Trees sewn with particles of gold excite Australia’s mining industry

Gum tree roots go up to 40m underground and act like a hydraulic pump for gold

Fireman battles the flames at Bilpin, west of Sydney

Australia wildfires: 'The worst is yet to come', say firefighters

Residents in the Blue Mountains tell Kathy Marks of homes lost, lucky escapes and the ongoing fear of obliteration

Abbott is firmly opposed to same-sex marriage

Tony Abbott launches legal challenge after Australia’s capital passes gay marriage

His sister, Christine Forster, has said she plans to marry her long-term gay partner

Mark 'Chopper' Read has delivered a 'deathbed' confession that he killed four men

Infamous 'Chopper' Read delivers shocking deathbed confession that he killed four men

Australian police scurry to confirm claims of movie subject who spent 23 years in jail for violent crimes, but was never convicted of murder

New South Wales Rural Fire Service firefighter Garry Reid, from the Medlow Bath brigade puts in containment lines on the Darling Causeway near the township of Bell in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Australia

Australia Bushfires: New South Wales declares state of emergency as blaze threatens Sydney

State of emergency declared as concern grows over formation of single huge fire front

Supporters searching for the missing yacht Nina want New Zealand Search and Rescue to investigate a new satellite image, which they claim looks like a life raft.

Ghost ship Nina: Missing for four months in the vastness of the Pacific, with seven crew presumed dead, is this faint satellite image a glimmer of hope?

Blurry satellite images of what appears to be a ship drifting in the Pacific Ocean have raised faint hopes that seven crew members, missing since their yacht disappeared off New Zealand four months ago, may be alive.

A general view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Red alert over Sydney: Australia faces worst bushfire crisis for more than a decade as 95 separate blazes destroy hundreds of homes

A blood-red sky in central Sydney was an angry pointer to infernos raging on the city’s outskirts, as unseasonably high temperatures and ferocious winds triggered the worst bushfire emergency in New South Wales for more than a decade.

Places such as Leigh Creek have suffered from extreme weather; more than 123 heat records were broken in Australia last summer

He called climate change ‘crap’ – now Australia’s new Prime Minister abolishes watchdog

Eminent scientist is sacked as Tony Abbott fulfils election pledge to streamline bureaucracy

Tony Abbott with his wife Margie and daughters Frances, Louise and Bridget, and Governor-General Quentin Bryce (far right) after his swearing-in ceremony at Government House in Canberra

One female cabinet member, ironing housewife jibes... now Australia's new PM, Tony Abbott, gives himself ministerial responsibility for women’s issues

The new premier has raised eyebrows by claiming he is qualified for the job

Australian PM Tony Abbott has come under fire for only having one woman in his Cabinet

Australian PM Tony Abbott criticised for one-woman Cabinet

If Julia Gillard paved the way for future female leaders in Australia, there is no sign of that legacy in new Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Cabinet, which contains just one woman: Julie Bishop, the Foreign Minister-elect.

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