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Giles feels that England cannot overlook someone of Pietersen's ability given their failure to capitalise on winning positions in Australia

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England full-back Sam Tomkins to leave Wigan for New Zealand Warriors

The reigning Man of Steel has agreed a three-year deal with the Australia National Rugby League side

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Australia travel: 10 inspiring articles to plan a holiday half-way round the world

This weekend London’s Royal Academy launches Australia, a new exhibition that focuses on two centuries of artistic endeavour in this dazzling country. To mark the occasion, The Independent’s travel desk has inspiring ideas for anyone considering a journey to Oz – the ultimate winter sun destination.

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Travel challenge: Queensland

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Australia takes a turn to the right: Tony Abbott wins general election

Conservative Coalition brings an end to six years of Labor rule

Clive Palmer: The mining magnate claims Wendi Deng is a Chinese spy

Australia election: Kevin Rudd says Tony Abbott wants to turn the nation into a cross between 'Upstairs Downstairs' and 'Downton Abbey'

In a fractious end to the campaign, mining magnate Clive Palmer has alleged that Rupert Murdoch’s estranged wife is a Chinese spy

Queensland Rugby League investigates Anthony Watts penis biting claims

The eye-watering alleged incident took place during the first-half at the Bycroft Cup preliminary final in Tugun on Sunday

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Ulster winger Tommy Bowe out for three months

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England's Sarah Taylor is the top-ranked batswoman in the world

England women ‘can’t wait’ for their chance to get at the Aussies

Form of Edwards and Taylor will be crucial factor in hosts’ chances of securing series win

Queensland Kids: Harnessing the power of hope through networks

Using for-profit business thinking to stand out in a crowded not-for-profit sector, Queensland Kids CEO Paul Quilliam leads the inspirational vision for Queensland’s only children’s respite and hospice facility.

Queensland MP Peter Dowling steps down amid scandal over indecent images

Australian state lawmaker Peter Dowling has stepped down as the head of an ethics committee after being accused of sending raunchy pictures of himself to a woman, describing his actions as indefensible.

Quade Cooper has been recalled to the Australian national squad

Australia recall exiled fly-half Quade Cooper in Ewen McKenzie's first squad announcement since replacing Robbie Deans

McKenzie names 10 uncapped players and lists James O'Connor in the back three

US admits fighter jets dropped unarmed bombs on the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef

US and Australian authorities have embarked on an investigation

The Pitch Drops: Science experiment going for 69 years caught on film for first time

Set up in 1944, the Trinity College pitch drop is one of the longest running laboratory experiments in the world

According to the Brisbane Times, Mr Holland, from Beach Holm, is thought to have choked, though police have yet to confirm the cause of death.

Australian man dies after eating chilli pie in pub pie eating contest

Bruce Holland died during a contest which took place in a local pub in north Queensland on Wednesday

Ryan Harris, who had a British passport, took three wickets

Ashes 2013: Ian Bell believes the turn which got him out will leave Australia dizzy

After reaching an Ashes landmark on the day the Queen visited Lord’s, Ian Bell claimed the turn Steve Smith found to take his three late wickets might ultimately do Australia more harm than good.

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