Two people just one remote spot in Africa: Blacktip sharks

Well-wishers from all corners of Australia, along with former Prime Minister Paul Keating, have gathered in Alice Springs for a service for Kim Hill, a local girl who was killed last December in an avalanche.

She was a great larrikin and was appreciated for her wicked sense of humour, “Every one of her friends was a stranger,” commented one friend, while another wrote that she had “a dry wit that came out at just the right time, whether it was in a conversation with a stranger or even within her family”. Her parents have also spoken movingly about the girl, recalling how she had “this softness about her, a very delicate creature.”

Many Australians – including some politicians – are struggling with an identity at an unknown and alarming time in the country’s history. Weather reports this year are laden with implications for the country – rain-sodden feedlots of cattle are increasing across much of the country, after a severe drought; and the fallout from the 2010/11 royal commission into the insulation program has culminated in threats of more lengthy inquiries into renewable energy projects in Australia, and related projects around the world. An additional issue: former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has had the largest amounts of privacy protected available for analysis – as classified material – by a private body called Freedom of Information Australia.

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