NT coroner orders new Azaria inquest

THE Northern Territory Coroner will hold a new inquest into the death of Azaria Chamberlain, who disappeared from her parents' tent at Ayers Rock in 1980, in what is likely to be the final attempt to establish what happened.

The coroner, Elizabeth Morris, said she was reopening the inquiry "largely in relation to information provided by your [the Chamberlains'] counsel about dingo attacks since the death of Azaria."

The information is understood to include an account of attacks by dingoes on children at Fraser Island in Queensland, which included a fatal attack by two dingoes on a nine-year-old boy in 2001.

Ms Morris notified Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, living in Western Australia, and her former husband, Michael, that the inquest would open on February 24 next year.

"I have received and considered that investigation report and have also received and considered advice from senior counsel," she said.

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