Rory Callinan

Loose pilot's seat on skydiving plane could have caused fatal crash

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Rory Callinan An unsecured pilot's seat is being investigated as a cause of a plane crash that killed four skydivers and a pilot near Brisbane last month, but the aircraft's owner says the seat was fine when he...

Chief of inquiry into soldier's death riled by document doodle

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Rory Callinan It was supposed to be a military commission of inquiry investigating a troop-truck crash that killed a young soldier at Holsworthy army barracks.

Cessna owned by fatal plane-crash company forced to land on road in 2010

Adrenalin Skydivers Cessna that made a forced landing in 2010

Rory Callinan Air crash investigators failed to find out three years ago why a plane associated with the company involved in Saturday's deadly Caboolture skydiving accident conducted a forced landing on a gravel...

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Five die in skydive air crash inferno at Caboolture airfield

Anne Tarasov, Rory Callinan, Eamonn Duff Four men and a woman were killed on Saturday in a fiery plane crash at a Queensland airfield.

Manus Island caterer bashed asylum seeker days before violence

Rory Callinan Just days before the violence that left an asylum seeker dead in the Manus Island detention centre last month, a Papua New Guinea national working in the camp's catering section beat up a detainee in...

$13.3 million hotel bill for Manus Island staff

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Bianca Hall, Rory Callinan Taxpayers are footing a more-than $73,400 nightly bill for detention centre staff to stay in a floating hotel moored off Papua New Guinea's Manus Island, Fairfax can reveal.

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Squalid jail conditions on Manus Island

pic of (l) General Campbell and (r) Alex N'Drasah, the Manus Island Police Chief.
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Rory Callinan They are the inhuman jail conditions the Immigration Department doesn't want anyone to see.

Suspects in death of man at Manus Island detention centre keep watch over his body

Injured Asylum seekers

Rory Callinan, Sarah Whyte The body of an asylum seeker suspected of being killed during a riot on Manus Island is being guarded and monitored by the same security company whose officers are suspects in the man's death.

Calls to investigate Carmel Brookes' disappearance from yacht

Carmel Brookes

Rory Callinan Former embassy employee Carmel Brookes had planned well for her retirement.

Evidence of trafficking of Indian children for illegal adoption emerges

A young Indian girl

Rory Callinan Fresh evidence of Indian children being trafficked for adoption in Australia has emerged as the Abbott government flagged a boost in inter-country adoptions.

Synthetic drugs: rising death toll alarms authorities

Rory Callinan Academics and law enforcement officers have expressed their growing alarm about a tide of synthetic drugs that have claimed five lives, including three school students, in 14 months.

Will legal changes be enough to stymie the synthetic drugs trade?

A user of synthetic marijuana which was  manufactured locally and recently banned.

Rory Callinan The new business of synthetic drugs has rapidly rewritten the rules of the 'highs' industry while generating millions in profits.

Synthetic drugs: authorities struggle to deal with booming trade

Kwan

Rory Callinan The sex-shop employee is understandably nervous talking about her industry's profitable but illegal sideline.

Killing sparks fears for safety of 600 Afghan interpreters

Afghanistan

Rory Callinan An Afghan interpreter who worked for the Australian army in Afghanistan has been killed in a suspected Taliban revenge attack while he waited for promised resettlement in Australia.

Families angered by delays to Balibo Five investigation

Brian Peters, Malcolm Rennie.

Rory Callinan Six years ago, NSW magistrate Dorelle Pinch recommended that the killings of Australian journalists Brian Peters, 29, Malcolm Rennie, 28, Gary Cunningham, 27, Gregory Shackleton, 29, and Anthony...

From billionaire to MP: Palmer to disclose riches

Clive Palmer.

Rory Callinan, Jonathan Swan Wealthy businessman Clive Palmer will be forced to disclose a minefield of potential conflicts of interests in his new role as a federal MP, with directorships of no fewer than 74 private companies...

Claims of payout to dead Afghan man's family

Rory Callinan A $3000 compensation payment has been made to the family of an Afghan father and his son who were found dead after an Australian special forces raid in Afghanistan, the dead man's brother has claimed.

War looms over bikie gang laws

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Rory Callinan Prominent Queensland civil liberties lawyer Terry O'Gorman and heavily bearded former bikie Russell ''Camel'' Wattie normally wouldn't be embracing the same pursuits on their weekend.

Troops face claims of killing boy and father

Australian Special Forces in Afghanistan.

Rory Callinan Australian special forces are suspected of causing the deaths of two civilians - a six-year-old boy and his father - during a controversial night-time raid in Afghanistan last month.

US Mongols 'patch over' Australian Finks gang

Mongol

Nick Ralston, Rory Callinan They are the self-proclaimed baddest bikie gang in the world, and they have quietly orchestrated a takeover of an Australian gang.