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Obituary: James Muirhead

IT WAS James Muirhead's lot to preside over two of the most controversial inquiries in recent Australian history. The first was the 1982 trial of Lindy Chamberlain, the woman wrongly convicted by a jury of murdering her baby daughter, Azaria, in the famous "dingo baby" case. The second was a Royal Commission inquiry into Aboriginal deaths in custody, which brought far-reaching reforms to police treatment of Australia's indigenous people. Both cases called on Muirhead's compassion and sense of fairness that underlay his career as a judge and administrator of the Northern Territory.

RUGBY UNION: Scots hit back at O'Neill's claims

THE SCOTTISH Rugby Union has responded to suggestions that it linked up with its Welsh counterparts to free Jason Jones-Hughes to play for the Principality. Jones-Hughes was selected by the Wales coach, Graham Henry, as part of his initial World Cup squad last week despite having played for the Australian Barbarians against Scotland last summer.

Rugby League: Leeds appoint Lance as coach

LEEDS HAVE ended the uncertainty about the identity of their coach for next season with the appointment of Dean Lance on a three-year contract.

Obituary: Professor Peter Self

PETER SELF had four careers - as journalist, as university teacher of planning, as planning policy-maker and finally, in Australia, as teacher and government adviser - though he had the intellect and tenacity to have pursued many more.

Australia unmasked

A new National Portrait Gallery celebrates the great names of Down Under. Rosanna de Lisle reports from Canberra

Obituary: James McClelland

JAMES MCCLELLAND was a flamboyant Australian judge, politician, raconteur and newspaper columnist who made his mark by flouting convention. He was known as "Diamond Jim" because of his stylish clothes and dandyish ways.

Cricket: England victory lifts the gloom

England 225 for 8 Prime Minister's XI 209 England win by 16 runs

Obituary: Allan Griffith

ALLAN GRIFFITH made many notable contributions to global peace- making initiatives, particularly when Foreign Policy Adviser to the Australian prime minister Malcolm Fraser. He worked closely with Fraser throughout his eight years in office, from 1975 to 1983.

Cricket: Taylor's Canberra date with England

MARK TAYLOR, the Australian captain, will lead the Prime Minister's XI against England in their one-day tour match at Canberra's Manuka Oval on 17 December.

I heard it on the Central Line

OTHER WILLIE lived in the far Deep North and didn't have a bean. Up to Darwin, turn right, across the interminable scrub and keep going until you can't go any further. Then a bit of a trek. Anyone would tell you where Other Willie was, except there wasn't anyone so you were kind of on your own, but you'd catch up with him sooner or later. You'd see a pillar of fire by night, a pillar of cloud by day, and you'd know you were on the wrong track because that was Willie, not Other Willie.

Falklands veterans fly new standard

Remembrance celebrations: South Atlantic Medal Association wins recognition at last in march past Cenotaph

Rugby League: No place for Sailor in Grand Final

GRAHAM MURRAY, the Leeds coach, has ruled out drafting Wendell Sailor into his side for the Super League Grand Final against Wigan at on Saturday. The Australian Test winger is due to arrive in England tomorrow, although he still has work permit problems over his proposed stint playing rugby union for Leeds.

Hungry villagers still fear Serb police

THE VILLAGE of Jezerc, high in the hills of central Kosovo, is probably one of the most remote places in Europe - and an ideal place to see the scale of the task facing the international aid agencies in Serbia's southern province.

The Saturday Profile: Pauline Hanson, Australian Politician: Pauline, queen of the outback

A strong woman on the right of politics challenges the general consensus by sympathising with the view that immigration is a threat to the host culture. She and her supporters proceed to scorn liberal nostrums, such as affirmative action programmes designed to address racial inequality. Sound familiar?

Web porn scandal adds relish to Australia's bizarre election trail campaign adds new bizarre note

AUSTRALIA'S political leaders are not normally associated with sex and pornogarphy. But both have become burning issues in the run-up to the country's general election on 3 October.
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