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The single-engine Cessna 150 was only 10 minutes into a flight from the town of Forbes yesterday afternoon when the pilot lost consciousness

Environmental activists shut down coal port

Australian climate change activists yesterday closed down operations at the world's largest coal port after entering its three terminals and attaching themselves to loaders.

Australia faces worst plague of locusts in 75 years

Ideal breeding conditions for grasshoppersare expected to cost farmers billions

Hodgson denies divided loyalties as Wolves await

In these days of fixed-term contracts, his situation is hardly unique, but few players' present and future will collide in more pressurised circumstances than for Brett Hodgson today.

Fish-gobbler banned from circus show

A Russian circus touring Australia dropped an act in which a performer swallows a live fish then regurgitates it after complaints that it was in poor taste and inhumane.

Book Of A Lifetime: Voss, By Patrick White

Writing about books that were important to him, Patrick White once said that one seems to "go on living in them for ever, possibly because they give glimpses of a heartbreaking perfection one will never achieve". Such was the case when, as a young aspiring novelist, I first read 'Voss' 50 years ago and watched its pages open like a vast geological fissure in the domesticated landscape of English fiction. Not that the book is perfect – its scale is too grand for that – and its terrain is Australian not English. But just as that continent's early explorers found its native species so strange they hardly knew how to see them, so White'saccount of a venture to the deep interior of both land and soul speaks to dimensions of experience so rarely examined that he felt hardly anybody would "understand what I am on about".

Burrow back for Leeds' top-four fight

Leeds have Rob Burrow back in their squad at Hull KR tomorrow night after a two-month absence with a knee injury.

Racism alive and kicking on Australia's pitches

Three incidents in which Aboriginal players were subjected to foul-mouthed abuse have shamed rugby and Aussie rules football

Race row ends in Queensland win

Queensland took full advantage of New South Wales' disarray in the wake of the Andrew Johns affair by inflicting one of the heaviest defeats in State of Origin history. Mal Meninga's Maroons clinched a record fifth series in a row with a 34-6 victory in Brisbane yesterday – and it was the players insulted by Johns who did much of the damage.

Johns resigns following racial slur

New South Wales will go into tomorrow's State of Origin clash without the legendary Andrew Johns in their corner, following his resignation from their coaching staff over a racial slur on Queensland's Greg Inglis.

Kevin Humphreys: Rugby league official whose career ended in disgrace

Kevin Humphreys was the most powerful man in the world of rugby league for more than 10 years, an innovative Australian administrator who changed the face of the game but whose career ended in scandal and controversy.

Paedophile accused deported to Canada

A suspected paedophile who fled to England to escape trial has been recaptured and extradited, police said today.

Anger at plans for shop on Aborigine burial site

In 1965 a group of Sydney University students, led by a young Aboriginal activist, Charles Perkins, toured New South Wales by bus to highlight racial discrimination in country towns. One of the stops on their "Freedom Ride" was Moree, where blacks were barred from the public swimming baths.

Idris' NSW cameo serves warning to England coach

New South Wales ran out of time after being outplayed by Queensland for most of a first State of Origin match in Sydney that will give the England coach, Steve McNamara, food for thought.

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