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The spin bowler quit midway through the disastrous tour of Australia

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O'Connor was refused onto a flight just hours after the Wallabies one-point victory over Argentina

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Rock samples from Apollo 16 mission finally analysed show the moon is millions of years younger than previously thought

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Julian Assange participates in a live question-and-answer session via Skype at a meeting in Melbourne

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The Aussie Angle: Big man has just one more box to tick: an Ashes series win

Chris Rogers is dropped at slip by Graeme Swann

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The Aussie Angle: We were totally spent from riding every near-miss and all the appeals

Chris Rogers posted a career high 84 in his fourth Test

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The Aussie Angle: There were such doubts that he was considering a move to Tasmania

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The Aussie Angle: Just over a year ago he was playing second XI club cricket

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Do Australia have a secret weapon in their surprise Ashes selection, or is he just the latest in a long line of spinner flops since Shane Warne?

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard with her partner Tim Mathieson

'Is your partner gay?' Shock jock sacked over Gillard interview

Radio host widely condemned for live questioning of Prime Minister

A court artist's portrayal of the ordeal of a child sex abuse victim

'Court is just as traumatic': Girl who faced aggressive cross-examination aged nine says she has never recovered

Barristers and campaigners call for pre-recorded court interviews as girl who faced aggressive cross-examination aged nine says she has never recovered from her ordeal

BHP Billiton sells copper mine

BHP Billiton has sold its Pinto copper mine in Arizona to Capstone Mining of the US for a higher than expected $650m (£418m) as it refocuses on core assets.

Cyclone Rusty heads for Australian north west

Australia's major iron ore port was shut down and residents along a remote stretch of the country's west coast ordered to take shelter as a powerful cyclone bore down on the region today, bringing drenching rains and lashing winds.

The surfer, 29, identified only as Luke, was in the water with friends at Diamond Head, 240 miles north of Sydney, when the shark – believed to be a 6ft bull shark – bit him on the thigh

Close call for surfer as sharks force Australians out of the water

A surfer had part of his hand bitten off as he tried to fight off a shark off the New South Wales coast, while on the other side of the country shark sightings caused panic on one of the busiest days of the Australian summer, as scientists speculated that warmer ocean temperatures may be bringing the killers closer to shore.

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