The Australian
front page news is the Dems’ decision not to stand in the way of the
Budget tax cuts which are set to come into effect on 1 July,
effectively making the Opposition’s stance irreverent. Page two is
dominated by a large action shot of Amanda Vanstone as she “has a snack
at Villawood detention centre” alongside a story on Australian’s longest-serving detainee, Peter Qasim, who after almost seven years in detention has told The Australian he feels “very depressed.” And continued pressure for a substantial reshuffle of the Opposition front bench has seen Kim Beazley “stoutly” defend the quality of his MPs says The Oz.

The Sydney Morning Herald
continues to lead with Bob Carr’s rail expansion, with the news that the
government will spend $8bn on a 15-year rail project. The SMH also reveals that in stark contrast to Alexander Downer’s early stance on Chinese defector
Chen Yonglin, his fellow ministers Tony Abbott and Peter Costello
support the granting of a protection visa for Chen. And Louise
Dodson reports that John Howard will have talks with Amanda Vanstone
and Petro Georgiou
as early as today about ways to improve immigration detention to
persuade Georgiou to drop his proposed private member’s bill.

The Age
goes big with Telstra’s new chief executive, 53-year-old American
business executive, Solomon Trujillo, observing that Australia’s
biggest telco has opted for “an experienced foreigner” to run the
company – much like The Age did with their search for a editor. But the paper devotes much of its front page to a picture of Joe Korp
who was released on bail after his lover admitted to police that she
and Korp plotted for more than a year to murder his wife.

The Daily Telegraph
splashes with the tragic story of four children who died in a house
fired in Wyong after being left at home overnight without adult
supervision. And following yesterday’s Russell Crow exclusive, battered concierge Nestor Estrada has been photographed for the first time since he was allegedly hit by the phone.

The Herald Sun is also all over the story of the Wyong children who were left alone overnight, but reserves much of its attention for the 500 mountain cattlemen
who descended on Parliament House in Spring Street to demanded that
licences to graze cattle in the Alpine National Park be
reinstated. Across a two-page spread the Hun runs 11 photos of the rugged mountain men
on their mighty mounts including “The Man from Snowy River” himself –
Tom Burlinson. And in the tradition of interstate rivalry the Hun also speculates on which city the new Telstra CEO
will call home – will it be Melbourne like his predecessor Ziggy
Switkowski? Or like American Frank Blount will he prefer Sydney’s
harbour views?

In Queensland, Dr Death dominates the front page of The Courier-Mail
with the news that an international police manhunt will attempt to
bring the rogue surgeon Jayant Patel back to Queensland to face a
criminal trial. The Canberra Times
says the furore over Greens MLA Deb Foskey’s public housing has erupted
again with the discovery of a Members’ interests files which shows she
is part-owner of a bush property in Victoria. The Food Standards
Australia and New Zealand has been accused of diluting country of
origin labelling requirements, reports The West Australian, making it harder for consumers to make an informed choice about products they buy.

The Mercury
reveals that a Bill was passed by the Tasmanian House of Assembly last
night which will define who is, and who isn’t, Aboriginal by using the
“three-part test” based on Aboriginal ancestry. In Adelaide The Advertiser
splashes with the “much-awaited” appearance of lawyer Eugene McGee at
the Kapunda Road Royal Commission who admitted his first thought after
killing Mr Humphrey was to seek legal advice, rather than call an
ambulance. And a new uranium mine could open in the Territory, says the
NT News,
following the announcement that Arafura Resources is seeking an
exploration licence for a site in the Reynolds Range north-west of Alice
Springs, which may contain large deposits of uranium oxide.