The Australian

leads with the possibility that Australia will take over the command
role in Basra in southern Iraq, as Britain prepares to redeploy troops
to fight terrorism in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the paper covers John
Howard’s promotion of Paul O’Sullivan, a key adviser on international
affairs in the PM’s office, to be the new head of ASIO. And the Remuneration Tribunal has confirmed federal judges’ pay
has risen for the seventh time in just three years, boosting the salary
of High Court Chief Justice Murray Gleeson by $15,000 to $382,110,
while retired judges will also receive a pension boost.

The Sydney Morning Herald
devotes much of its front page to the “credible” terrorist threat in
Britain which forced the evacuation of more than 20,000 people from
Birmingham’s city centre on Saturday night. The SMH also reports that Bill Farmer,
head of the Immigration Department, will be Australia’s next ambassador
to Jakarta, one of Australia’s top three diplomatic postings, despite
presiding over a long series of mistakes by his department. And
theological moderate Dr Phillip Aspinall
has beaten Sydney’s conservative archbishop Dr Peter Jensen to become
the Anglican Church’s new Primate – declaring his personal support for
women bishops and warning the churches would not be silenced on
industrial relations changes.

The Age
also goes big with Britain’s latest terror threats in Birmingham. And
the paper has an exclusive report on former Liberal state president Joy Howley‘s
attack on the Peter Costello/Michael Kroger forces that run the
Victorian division, saying opinion polls show the party cannot win
government under Robert Doyle’s leadership. And Victoria’s chief
forensic scientist has foreshadowed changes to autopsy procedures
following possible evidence contamination of clothes worn by Andrew Veniamin – the man shot by Mick Gatto – which would later become a key issue at the trial.

The Daily Telegraph covers page one with scenes of King’s Cross station below the headline – “UNDERGROUND ZERO.” Meanwhile British hotels
are being accused of cashing in by raising their room prices as much as
400% when commuters and emergency service workers were stranded in the
city in the aftermath of the bombings on Thursday. The Tele also reveals that professional fishermen
who were paid up to $239,500 each by the state government to leave
their jobs three years ago, are now back catching fish, according to
documents from the Department of Primary Industries.

The Herald Sun
splashes with the “SAD SEARCH” for the remaining victims of the London
terrorist blasts. And the plane carrying Gold Coast property developer
and his wife, which is thought to have crashed while attempting to land
in a blizzard at Mt Hotham airport on Friday, is still missing, buried under a metre of snow.

The Courier-Mail

says victims of rogue surgeon Jayant Patel have called for Health
Minister Gordon Nuttall to be sacked over accusations he lied to a
Budget estimates hearing. Access Economics has warned Tasmania it’s
housing boom is coming to a rocky end, after enjoying its best three
years of economic gains since the late 1990s, reports The Mercury. The West Australian
says the WA government could pocket up to $150 million a year in extra
mining royalties from a compromise deal negotiated with mining giant
Rio Tinto. And investigations by the Northern Territory News
have revealed an organised shark finning network in Darwin involving
commercial fishermen and agents who supply the black market in Asia,
selling fins for as much as $600/kg.

Peter Fray

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