“KILL THEM ALL” is the headline splashed across the front page of The Daily Telegraph,
following the news that the entire group known as the “Bali Nine” now
face the death penalty, after police uncovered evidence of multiple
trips to Indonesia and dodgy passports. The Telealso
reports on Kim Beazley’s budget lodgings in Sydney. Complete with
photo, the story reveals that Beazley has been a regular visitor to the
Broadway University Motor Inn for at least 18 months, choosing to stay
in a $145-a-night double room rather one of the more opulent five-star
hotels offered by the harbour city.

Elsewhere, The Australian
reports on the remote Aboriginal community south-west of Darwin that
has promised to grow fresh vegetables for the local children in return
for federal government funding of a creche in the latest
shared-responsibility agreement. TheHerald Sunsays
that Victoria’s state Budget will include a $40 million boost to target
organised crime, with police telling the paper that “modern organised
criminals are sophisticated and well resourced” and it’s vital that
police have the resources and technology to tackle them. And following
yesterday’s dramatic front page boasting how it had contributed to
South Australia’s “0” road deaths, The Advertiserreports that two men died on the state’s roads yesterday, ending the 14-day fatality-free run. In Queensland, The Courier-Mailsays
that despite the “chilly relations” between John Howard and Joh
Bjelke-Petersen, Howard will speak at the late premier’s funeral
service at the request of Lady Flo. The Canberra Timesreports
that Jon Stanhope’s former adviser Aidan Bruford will plead guilty to
four charges of defacing property with anti-war graffiti. And in WA, The Westreports
that the Gallop Government’s controversial $1.5 billion Mandurah
railway has been hit with cost over-runs and a four-month delay,
despite assurances from the government that it would be ready “on time
and on budget.”

Oh, and Australian parents are “suffering a crisis of confidence in their child-rearing skills”, says Miranda Devine in The Sydney Morning Herald.
The trend of permissive parenting, launched by Dr Benjamin Spock in the
1950s and 60s may have gone too far, she says, “leaving a generation of
laxly parented parents clueless about how to manage their own children
and desperate for advice”.

In magazine-land, The Bulletinreports
that the “art” of pole dancing is all the rage among young women “sick
of the whole gym thing” but still want a good work out. Pole dance
studios are now opening across the country, charging women as much as
$200 to learn the moves once reserved for exotic dancers. And The Bulle also goes with a feature
on the late king of the conservatives – Joh Bjelke-Petersen – who once
said, “I really worry about Queenslanders… I lose a lot of sleep
because I don’t know what will happen when I go.”

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