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Australian politician Anthony Antoniadis apologises for insulting would-be constituents in series of Facebook posts

Liberal candidate for next month’s South Australian election criticised “dress sense, hygiene and work ethic” of the people he now hopes will vote for him

Tiny piece of zircon shows Earth's crust formed at least 4.4 billion years ago - and life could have appeared not long after that

Australian gem is 'oldest piece of Earth ever found' - and shows life could have formed on our planet earlier than anyone thought possible

Tiny piece of zircon shows Earth's crust formed at least 4.4 billion years ago - and life could have appeared not long after that

Bowen's Big Mango was erected in 2002 and stands at 10 metres tall

Australia's 10-tonne Big Mango 'seized in overnight heist'

Thieves made off with the three-storey tourist attraction - but there are suggestions the robbery was a publicity stunt

Flinders Highway, where Queensland police are said to be focusing their investigation

Australia's 'Hannibal Lecter' allegedly confesses to 14 Outback murders

Convicted killer Andy Albury is said to have confessed to a killing spree on a stretch of the Flinders Highway

Participants bare all for the second annual Sydney Skinny

Sydney Skinny: Hundreds of people bare all in a bid to break world record for the largest nude ocean swim

Participants stripped down to promote greater body confidence and raise money for Australia's National Parks

Charlotte Dawson, who had been a victim of cyber bullying

Charlotte Dawson: Tributes to Australian TV star found dead at her home

Russell Crowe and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key are two of the many who have paid tribute to the Australian television personality Charlotte Dawson, who has been found dead in her Sydney apartment.

British tourist charged with theft of rare pink diamond in Australia

Police suspect Brit may have swallowed it, but x-rays have proved inconclusive

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

Despite its impressive appearance, the two-tonne rock from the Bendigo Goldfield in Victoria (top) actually contains an almost negligible quantity of precious materials

Australian police launch appeal after 'not very smart' thieves steal worthless two-tonne rock

Though of historical significance to the National Rock Garden in Canberra, its 'precious' metals are worth less than what it would cost to extract them

Beth Whaanga posted the images to highlight the realities of breast cancer

Australian woman takes bold step to raise breast cancer awareness - by posting photographs showing surgery scars on Facebook

Beth Whaanga hopes the images will remind people that 'cancer affects everyone'

Australian man fined for beating baby shark to death with a metal pole

Justin Adam Clark was found guilty of a threatening a harmed species

The formation was quickly dubbed the Rott Nest Monster

Mystery of the "snake" detected by weather radar off Australia's west coast solved

The S-shaped formation had a logical explanation, it was revealed today

Luke Batty stabbed and beaten to death with cricket bat by father in front of horrified children and parents

The father of the boy was later shot by police and later died in hospital

Commuters get on and off the train at Wynyard Station in the Sydney, not related to the incident in which a train of 100 people was evacuated after a man reportedly told staff he had AIDs

'AIDs scare': 100 passengers evacuated from a train in Australia after a bleeding man claims he has the disease

Train staff in the city of New South Wales city of Wollongong allegedly told passengers to leave the train after a man  reportedly said he had AIDs

Australian police seize $180m worth of meth hidden in kayaks shipped from China

Australian police seized about 180 million Australian dollars (£99 million) worth of methamphetamine hidden inside kayaks shipped from China, officials have said.

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