The Sydney Morning Herald
leads its post-Budget paper with the headline “Instant tax cuts for all” and Louise Dodson observes that the Budget was as much pitched at taxpayers as the Liberal Party. The paper also reports that international medical relief agency Médecins sans Frontières is in the middle of an “administrative nightmare” as it offers Asian tsunami donors their money back after receiving four times the amount needed to fund its response in the region.
The Ageleads with “$22bn tax cut spree”. It also reports that the Immigration Department initiated a search for Vivian Solon – the Australian woman wrongly deported to the Philippines – a year ago, but Interpol failed to find her. And there’s a yarn on the appointment of Victoria’s first child safety commissioner, whose role will include reviewing the deaths of the young in state care and investigating complaints about child safety.
The Australianleads with the headline “Bringing home the bacon”. The Oz also reports that Sydney and Melbourne buyers in search of cheaper housing are abandoning Queensland in droves, forcing a slump in what has been the nation’s hottest market and prompting fears of a glut of new properties.
The Herald Sunsplashes with “Peter pays up”. And in the latest Melbourne gangland developments, underworld solicitor Zarah Garde-Wilson – who is currently acting for Carl and George Williams, Tony Mokbel and Victor Brincat – has been charged with possessing an unregistered pistol.
The Daily Telegraphleads with “Workers 1 Shirkers 0”. Malcolm Farr says Peter Costello has emerged as a working class hero, after last night’s Budget, by rewarding workers with $22 billion in tax cuts and prodding the able-bodied off welfare. The Tele also reports that the family of Australian hostage Douglas Wood has released photos of Wood and his grandchildren in a desperate last-ditch bid for clemency. The paper also reports that a former Balmain and NSW rugby league star, a Macquarie Bank merchant banker and a former NSW detective are wanted or charged in connection with the international cocaine ring which was uncovered in Sydney earlier this week.
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The Advertiserand The Courier-Mailboth lead with the headline “Money, money, money”. It was “Tax cuts for all” at the NT News and “Sweet Pete” at The Mercury.
The West, reports that the child sex offender who molested patients from the Princess Margaret Hospital during a holiday for sick children will be free in just four months. The Mercuryalso reports that Hobart will host Australia’s first regular flights to Antarctica with a $46 million federal funding injection. The Advertiserreports that an oversupply of citrus combined with drought-stricken farm animals has resulted in truckloads of new season navel oranges being dumped in paddocks for cattle to graze on. And in the Northern Territory News, the NT transport minister has ordered the owner of a car with the numberplate “FAR CUE” to return to the Motor Vehicle Registry and get a new registration.
And in today’s Bulletin(subscription), Jennifer Byrne has lunch with disgraced Governor-General Peter Hollingworth, who speaks about the scandal which forced from office and almost destroyed him. He says the reason he’s now talking is that he’s getting sick of being constrained. “Frankly, I want this monkey off my back. I want to get on and do what I know I can do. I don’t want to keep on looking over my shoulder and wondering where the next shot is coming from …”