The Australian

reports that the National Farmers Federation will ask John Howard not
to go ahead with the final sale of Telstra as not enough has been done
to improve services in the bush. Meanwhile ASIO has interviewed the two
Chinese defectors
about their claims of an extensive spy network operating in Australia,
while a third defector has gone public with similar claims today. In
New York, a US corporate affairs activist and a lawyer have questioned
the inclusion of former Coca-Cola boss Douglas Daft
in the Queen’s Birthday honours list after he reneged on a promise to
hold an independent inquiry into allegations surrounding Coke’s
bottling plants in Colombia. And eight-year-old Queensland schoolgirl Tegan Chapman has told The Australian
she is not Tegan Lane, who went missing 48 hours after she was born in
1996. “Me and Tegan Lane we are born on the same day … but I’m not
Tegan Lane, I’m Tegan Chapman,” she said.

The Sydney Morning Herald

continues its series on the future of Sydney’s CBD with the news that
the city may run out of office space as soon as 2015, but the council
plans to delay the crisis by relaxing some of the building controls on
office blocks. The SMH also has a story on a complex tax avoidance scheme
devised that was foiled when the Tax Office seized a laptop computer
listing the names of those involved, including Australian tax lawyers,
accountants, entertainers and other rich individuals. And an inquiry
into the funeral industry
in NSW has been told the state government should regulate the industry
to protect consumers from unscrupulous undertakers, rocketing prices
and hard-sell tactics.

The Age
leads with divorced fathers who dodge child support who may be chased
down and forced to pay under tough steps being considered by the
federal government. Education minister Brendan Nelson has told The Age
that universities have been offered the help of outside financial
experts to tackle alleged inefficiencies and poor management. And Petro Georgiou
and his colleagues are still deciding whether to go ahead with their
private member’s bills after a second meeting with John Howard yielded
significant concessions on detention policy but fell short of an
agreement.

The Daily Telegraph
covers the front page with a pixilated photo of a woman above the headline “Fatal fire mum speaks out.” The Tele also reports that new legislation targeting cyberbullies
is likely after police said they had no means of prosecuting the
creator of a malicious website about Hurlstone Agricultural High.

The Herald Sun
splashes with the allegations Melbourne City Council’s parking officers
are issuing fake fines to meet secret quotas, but the front page is
dominated by a large photo of Test cricketer Shane Warne undergoing hair-replacement treatment. And a Melbourne-based German citizen is the latest foreigner to be charged with drug offences in Bali after being found with 0.7g of hashish in his pocket.

The Canberra Times
reveals that one of Indonesia’s best-known soapie starlets, Anisa Tri
Hapsari, has been recruited by Schapelle Corby’s Jakarta lawyer, Hotman
Hutapea, to plead the case for the Australian before a media
conference. In WA the EPA has approved three new coal-fired power
stations despite admitting they would each produce twice the greenhouse
emissions of a gas-fired plant, says The West. The Advertiser
splashes the paper with the makeshift repair job holding up a 15-tonne
section of the Mannum to Adelaide pipeline, Adelaide’s main source of
water. In Tasmania, The Mercury reports a gunman is on the run after allegedly shooting dead a woman in broad daylight outside her home yesterday. And The Courier-Mail
says the discovery of dog bite marks on a camera found near the remains
of a British tourist who disappeared on Fraser Island in 2001 could
indicate a dingo or dingoes were involved in his death.

The UK papers are also full of important stories. The Times
reveals that the best fathers in the world can be found in the northern
Congo – they’re the Aka Pygmies, a hunter-gatherer tribe, who spend 47%
of their time holding or within reach of their infants and routinely
let their babies suck on their nipples for comfort if mother isn’t
around to offer milk. And The Guardian
unveils the “ultimate accessory for the 4×4-driving city dweller”:
spray-on mud, an idea dreamed up over a couple of drinks down at the
local which enables city slickers to spray a few squirts so “neighbours
will think you spent the weekend hurtling along muddy lanes looking for
a country retreat, rather than sitting in traffic on the way to drop
the kids off before your yoga class.”