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Rupert Murdoch: Tony Abbott is an admirable man and Australia shouldn't build windmills and all that rubbish

In a candid interview the News Corp owner also said that the welfare state in Europe was "overdone"

Ian Thorpe gay: Olympic swimmer comes out in Parkinson interview

The interview has received heavy and sometimes unusual from Australia's Channel TEN, but many commentators say Thorpe's sexuality is unimportant

Rolf Harris arrives at Southwark Crown Court, London, before the veteran entertainer was sentenced for a string of indecent assaults

Rolf Harris: New Zealand woman makes formal complaint against jailed entertainer

Lee Howden said she had come forward  because she felt for the young victims of Harris

Judge Garry Neilson pictured in 2003

'Incest is no longer a taboo,' says Australian judge Garry Neilson

The District Court Jude said incest was only illegal 'to prevent chromosomal abnormalities'

Peta said sheep are deprived of food and water, sometimes overnight, in part so that they'll put up less resistance when shearers handle them roughly

US and Australian wool industries exposed in shocking undercover footage captured by animal rights groups

Peta said its videos showed abuses – including twisting the necks of sheep until they snapped – were widespread throughout the industry

A beached whale is aided by Seaworld professionals on the Gold Coast, Australia

Humpback whale stranded on Gold Coast beach back in wild after two-day mission to save it succeeds

Rescuers from Seaworld who battled to save the stricken mammal said they are "optimistic" the young male mammal will survive

Bob Carr as Australia's Foreign Minister in 2013.

Sri Lankan asylum seeker mistreatment claims are 'urban myth', says former Australian foreign minister

Many of the 41 returned refugees have been bailed in Sri Lanka

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Accused rapists would have to prove consent in law reversal proposed by New Zealand politicians

The Labour Party wants to reverse the burden of proof

A Sri Lankan navy boat (L) patrols after Australia transferred 41 would-be asylum seekers whose boat was turned away at the southern port of Galle

Australia must give 72 hours' notice before returning 153 Sri Lankan asylum seekers

Tony Abbott's government has already faced international condemnation for sending back a group of 41 asylum seekers to Sri Lanka

A Sri Lankan navy boat (L) patrols after Sri Lanka transfered 41 would-be asylum seekers whose boat was turned away by Australia at the southern port of Galle

Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea

Australia been toughening its stance towards asylum seekers and migrants for several years

A Sri Lankan navy boat (L) patrols after Sri Lanka transfered 41 would-be asylum seekers whose boat was turned away by Australia at the southern port of Galle

Australian high court blocks authorities from returning 153 asylum seekers to Sri Lanka

Decision came after government confirmed earlier that it handed over a boatload of asylum seekers to Sri Lankan authorities in a transfer at sea 

Pistorius' lawyer says the broadcasting of the leaked footage was 'illegal'

Australian network defends showing leaked Pistorius re-enactment that lawyer says was 'obtained illegally'

Athlete's legal team say the broadcasting of the footage breaches non-disclosure agreements and is an invasion of the family's privacy

Tamils are fleeing the Sri Lankan military

Australia criticised over handling of 200 Tamil refugees picked up at sea

Campaigners claim some were handed to the Sri Lankan navy in 'violation of international law'

Police investigate video of Australian woman 'carrying out racist tirade' on busy commuter train

Australian broadcaster Ninemsn have reportedly identified the woman as 55-year-old Sue Wilkins

The surfers were warned to keep their distance from the huge whale

Huge whale swims with surfers at Sydney beach

The southern right whale surfaced at Freshwater Beach on Sunday

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Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

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