The Australian

leads with today’s cabinet debate on the removal of thousands of
workers with criminal convictions from the nation’s airports and ports.
And The Oz reports that a new ABARE map of the nation’s most vulnerable farm areas
shows that education levels, average farm income, diversity of crops,
internet access and membership of Landcare groups are more important
than climate risk and rainfall in predicting which farms will survive.
And Tony Abbott has called on health funds
to provide simpler, fairer policies, warning that some patients were
being “dudded” by exclusions that were damaging the system.

The Sydney Morning Herald
leads with the 40% increase in the state’s prison population over the
past decade, as the criminal courts deliver tougher sentences and move
away from the use of community service orders. But the NSW government
has launched a strategy to reduce the number of Aborigines in prison by working on health, housing, education, employment, income, and justice matters. Meanwhile the SMH reports that Chinese diplomat Chen Yonglin
tried to defect to the US last week after resistance from Australian
officials to his request for asylum. And a senior officer at the Bureau
of Statistics has been sacked after he was caught tampering with the footy tips computer program he designed to change his own results.

The Age
leads with the results from the latest AC Nielsen poll which reveal
that Labor has fallen behind the Coalition on a two-party basis for the
first time in four months. And a flamboyant Jakarta lawyer,
Hotman Paris Hutapea, has recommended the Australian government helps
Schapelle Corby by ducking round to the back door, “the way Indonesians
do” in a big case, reports The Age.

The Daily Telegraph

leads with the tough new laws for P-plate drivers following a ten-month campaign “led by The Daily Telegraph” to stop the carnage caused by young drivers. And Schapelle Corby has told Mark Trowell QC
that Australians need to “stay calm,” revealing that over-reactions and
anti-Indonesian sentiment over her case have made life behind bars very
difficult.

The Herald Sun
splashes with an “EXCLUSIVE PICTURE” of reclusive AFL star Gary Ablett
at a drug and depression clinic in rural Victoria, just hours before he
was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame. Meanwhile the Hun reports that middle Melbourne families are selling their expensive suburban homes
in exchange for larger, newer and cheaper homes in outer rim estates
where they are fast replacing the first-home battler on the face of the
city’s fringe.

The Courier-Mail
reports that today’s state Budget will feature $151 million for
Queensland Health to help fund the prevention, early detection and
treatment of chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart, lung and
kidney diseases. South Australian farmers have registered their
interest with the African Chamber of Commerce to move to farms in Kenya
and Tanzania, reports The Advertiser,
to take advantage of the free land and tax-free farming offered by some
African nations to boost their agricultural industries.

The NT News leads with Lindy Chamberlain’s words of support for Schapelle Corby and in NT election news, CLP leader Denis Burke has promised to connect the Territory to the national electricity grid to reduce power costs by more than 30%. The Mercury reports that Port Arthur has become Australia’s first convict-built site to gain National Heritage listing. And The West
reports on speculation that WA may become a dumping ground for nuclear
waste after Environment Minister Ian Campbell repeatedly refused to
rule out the move.