The Australian

leads with a strong story about how the East Timorese prime minister’s
brother has been granted a lucrative monopoly to sell weapons to the
country’s government. The Oz also reports that disgraced businessman Steve Vizard
faces being thrown out of some of Melbourne establishment’s most
exclusive clubs in the wake of the share trading scandal, as the
private Athenaeum Club doesn’t allow banned company directors as
members and the Australia Club can throw out members whose behaviour
could be seen as prejudicial to its reputation.

The London Age
leads with London’s Olympics success – going beserk with two stories, a
huge picture and a screaming headline. Down the page is a parochial
story about a local politician cutting his holiday short to quash
rising community fears about his industrial relations overhaul,
condemning the criticisms as “gross distortions.” The paper also has a
rare pic of three-year-old Grace Murdoch
stepping out with her billionaire dad Rupert Murdoch, while he was in
Sun Valley, Idaho, attending the annual Allen and Co. investment bank
retreat for international media players, investors and technology
gurus. And ASIC chairman Jeffrey Lucy tells The Age
that suggestions that Steve Vizard had been let off lightly “are
outrageous – we totally reject any suggestion that ASIC has taken the
soft option.”

It’s sport all the way in The Sydney Morning Herald,
which leads with London’s successful Olympic bid, alongside a photo of
Andrew Johns and the Blues’ “obliteration” of Queensland in State of Origin III. The SMH reports that a national study has found Australian millionaires
are reluctant to recognise themselves as prosperous, and even the very
rich still cry poor as their expensive lifestyles soak up their big
incomes.

“CANED TOADS” reads The Daily Telegraph‘s front page splash, as Blues star Andrew Johns does it again to win the deciding Origin game. And The Tele points out that Australia will have four prime ministers
over the next ten days due to the Nationals’ change of leadership and
various winter holidays, precipitating the following baton race: John
Anderson, John Howard, Peter Costello and Mark Vaile. And it reports on
John Howard accusing unions of “fearmongering” over the government’s
proposed IR reforms, likening their campaign to that waged against the GST.

The Herald Sun leads with London’s winning bid for the 2012 Olympics. The Hun also reveals that the police believe they may have prevented a new bikie war after they seized machineguns, shotguns and revolvers from a lesser-known motorcycle gang – The Bros. And a Hun “exclusive reports that superstar tenor Luciano Pavarotti,
69, will farewell Australian fans in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and
Perth during a last world tour before retiring from the stage.

The Courier-Mail

says two Queensland Health officials have pushed ahead with a Supreme
Court challenge to close the inquiry into the Dr Death scandal as it
heard what commissioner Tony Morris described as its “most distressing”
evidence to date. In Tasmania The Mercury
reports that fourth-generation potato farmer Ivan Beveridge, who has
been growing spuds for 43 years, has been forced out after McDonald’s
decision to cut half its Tasmanian French fry contract with processor
Simplot. WA’s State Coroner has rejected a plea from the family of
Olympic legend Shirley de la Hunty to investigate her sudden death in
February last year, even though some of her children fear their famous
mother may have been murdered, says The West Australian. And the NT News
reports that alcohol has been banned in two communities to stop young
men swimming across a crocodile-infested river to get a drink.

Peter Fray

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