The Sydney Morning Herald
leads with land tax cuts and also reports that food prices will rise if farmers don’t get some drought relief from the government. And the paper reports that the Sydney schoolgirl who was allowed to wear a mantoo has inspired 15 fellow students to follow suit. The Ageleads with the “national furore” over the two Deakin academics that advocate the use of torture – in some circumstances – and also reports that Jeff Kennett has called for more help for farmers dealing with drought at yesterday’s summit in Parkes. Meanwhile The Australianleads with Alexander Downer’s comments that the ALP was historically soft on tyranny.
The Daily Telegraphsplashes with “Kylie’s cancer battle,” and reports that if Schapelle Corby is convicted she could be allowed to serve her time in a jail term near her family on the Gold Coast. The Tele also reports on the “flying visits” made by pollies to the drought summit in Parkes yesterday, prompting farmers to ask whether the government was “fair dinkum” about fixing the problem. The Herald Suncovers its front page with a busty photo of Kylie, and devotes seven pages to the Kylie story. Elsewhere the paper reports that a veteran umpire who sprinted off the ground to hit a heckler in his 50s is at the centre of an amateur football investigation.
The Canberra Timesreports that Australia’s tax system could be wasting up to $61 billion a year, according to a paper by right-wing think-tank The Centre for Independent Studies. The NT Newsreports that the wife of a Territory Health and Community Services bureaucrat has been contracted to do a $77,000 consultancy for the department. The Mercuryreports that Tasmanian farmers have vowed to keep fighting for a better deal out of the state’s new forestry agreement. Meanwhile The Courier-Mailreports Peter Beattie’s conservation plan for the western hardwood forests is a compromise between the needs of industry and conservation. The Westreports that BHP Billiton has opened a new front in its battle against Andrew Forrest and Gina Rinehart.
And in this week’s BulletinJennifer Byrne has lunch with high-flying entrepreneur Steve Vizard. Asked about the possibility of being sent to jail for share trading offences, Vizard tells Byrne: “I’ll tell you what I think about. What I think about is what happens in an average day, the kids, the family, all that stuff… I do what I can do with the variables I can actually control. Anything beyond that is a waste of time.”
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