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The host guided the teacher down the right path during the last question

South Australian police have released images of some of the children's clothing found in the suitcase in an attempt to identify the body

Skeleton of murdered child found in suitcase at side of the road remains unidentified

The child's skeletal remains, discovered in Wynarka, near Adelaide is being analysed by forensic specialists from South Australia police

Clashes between anti-Islamic and anti-racism protesters in Australia

Drone footage captures clashes between anti-Islamic and anti-racism protesters in Australia

Aerial footage of Saturday’s violence between anti-Islamic and anti-racism activists in Melbourne has been released

Footage of the boat was broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Suspected asylum seeker boat spotted off the coast of Australia would be first vessel carrying refugees to enter country for over a year

Human Rights Watch say that more people have died in the centres than been resettled from them

Mick Fanning (left) hugging Julian Wilson after being attacked by a shark during the J-Bay Open final in Jeffreys Bay

Mick Fanning shark attack: Fellow surfer Julian Wilson hailed as a hero for trying to rescue rival

The surfers were competing for the world title when the attack happened

Mick Fanning being attacked by a shark in the final round of the JBay Open surfing event as part of the World Surf League in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

Mick Fanning shark attack: Surfer's mother 'terrified' she was going to watch son die on live TV

Fanning's older brother was killed in a car crash 17 years ago

Australian MP George Christensen tells protesters – 'we are at war with radical Islam'

Christensen warns it is 'foolishly naive' to tallow a culture of appeasement to fester

The cat cull will aim to preserve a number of endangered species

Australia's war on cats: Government plans to cull 2 million by 2020

Australia's feral cats are reportedly responsible for dwindling numbers among some endangered species

MH17 disaster: New footage shows rebels picking through dead passenger's luggage

The video shows the dawning realisation that a civilian jet, rather than a Ukrainian military plane, had been shot down over Ukraine

Could Australian cyclist be made to cary identification?

Australian cyclists may have to carry licences as New South Wales government considers trial law

Cycle-advocacy groups have said that they will not support the decision

The entrance to Belanglo State Forest in New South Wales

Backpacker murders: Anger at 'utterly outrageous' move to turn one of Australia's most notorious crime scenes into tourist attraction

The bodies of seven young travellers were found in the Belanglo State Forest in the early 1990s

The 'Quaker Grannies' set up a tea party to talk to soldiers about conflict

Man dressed as 'Cat in the Hat' gatecrashes US war games operation to play hide and seek with soldiers

The peace protesters played hide and seek and had a tea party to disrupt military exercises with Australian, US and Japanese forces

The ridges have remained unknown for 50 million years

Ancient underwater volcanic range may explain why Australia and New Zealand separated

Cluster of extinct volcanoes will push frontiers of deep-sea exploration, say scientists

Snow blankets the landscape at Falls Creek, north of Melbourne, Australia, 12 July 2015.

Australia's Blue Mountains hit by 'thundersnow' as temperatures plummet in New South Wales

The rare weather phenomenon happens when warm and cold air collides

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‘Can we really just turn away?’

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