The Australian

reveals Mark Latham’s “blistering attack” on Kim Beazley and the ALP in
a book being launched on Wednesday by Left power broker John Faulkner,
which claims Labor is a spent force in Australian politics. Following
Ten’s TV special last night, the front page is dominated by a large
photo of freed Australian hostage Douglas Wood under the headline, “How Doug Wood felt like a traitor as he begged President Bush to get out of Iraq.” The Oz also devotes its editorial
to Wood’s patriotic comments, observing that if Wood had blamed Howard
and Bush for his troubles he would have become “an instant hero in some
circles” and “ABC Radio National would have been renamed Radio Doug in
his honour.” The paper also reports that incoming Nationals senator Barnaby Joyce is the target of a union campaign to water down proposed industrial relations reforms.

The Sydney Morning Herald
leads with industrial relations following the news that the PM will
forge ahead with “the most sweeping changes” in a generation, despite
internal party dissent. The SMH also reports that federal education minister, Brendan Nelson, has told the ABC’s Four Corners
program – airing tonight – that the federal government is poised to
make more unpopular changes to Australia’s tertiary education system.
And creditors owed money by bankrupt Ross Turnbull
may have to satisfy themselves by quaffing the former NRMA president’s
wine collection after it was revealed his only assets are 17 cases of

The Age
also leads with the prime minister’s desire to rewrite Australia’s
workplace relations laws, and for those who didn’t see Channel Ten’s Douglas Wood’s special,
the paper has a blow-by-blow account of the program, including the
unconvincing answer to the question: “What sort of man was Douglas
Wood?” And John Silvester reports that gangland suspects
could be ordered by police to appear at secret hearings where they will
face jail if they refuse to answer questions about their criminal

The Daily Telegraph

reveals the identity of the man behind Australia’s biggest tax scandal
– a British accountant who’s under investigation for allegedly
engineering tax avoidance schemes worth more than $300 million. And The Tele has also uncovered a raft of key businesses
that are reluctantly leaving NSW or are considering it because they can
no longer afford to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in rising
taxes. Meanwhile the Herald Sun
splashes with a photo of “WARNE’S SMS MATE” – an Englishwoman who
exchanged dozens of text messages with Shane Warne in the weeks leading
up to his marriage break-up. The Hun also reports that Schapelle Corby has rehired two of the Indonesian lawyers she fired just days ago – Hotman Paris Hutapea and Erwin Siregar.

The Courier-Mail
reports that a respected former Queensland judge says the High Court’s
decision to quash former chief magistrate Di Fingleton’s criminal
conviction has destabilised the state judiciary. In Hobart, The Mercury
reveals that the head of the Tasmanian planning body that will assess
the state government’s pulp mill proposal has expressed concern that
the pulp mill task force needs to be reined in. And the NT News
says that Warren Snowdon, the Territory Member of the House of
Representatives, has billed taxpayers $46,000 for charter flights last

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