The Australian
headline reads “Dragnet closes on killers,” as police raided six homes in
Yorkshire last night in the first major action in response to last
Thursday’s London bomb attacks. The leader of the Chinese
pro-democracy movement in Australia has told The Oz that Chinese defector Chen Yonglin is being financially backed by Falun Gong
and is speaking exclusively at functions organised by the controversial
movement. And tough new rules designed to strengthen anti-money laundering laws
will force lawyers, accountants and real estate agents to report large
suspicious cash payment assets such as real estate and precious gems
worth more than $20,000.

The Age also leads with the UK raids and reports that an Australian woman
caught in the London terrorist attacks has had both her legs
amputated. Meanwhile international terrorism expert Professor Rohan Gunaratna claims that all major Islamist groups that had emerged in south-east Asia
have a presence in Australia and could develop into active militant

The Sydney Morning Herald leads with the news that Australian troops will be sent to Afghanistan to help in the reconstruction effort. Paul McGeough
notes that the go-ahead has comes as the US is having its worst year in
Afghanistan since it invaded in the weeks after the attacks of
September 11. Also on page one news is a Social Trends report
from the Bureau of Statistics which suggests Australians are smarter,
healthier, and busier than most of the world. And reacting to
Bob Carr’s proposed Kurnell desalination plant, opposition leader John Brogden, has promised a recycling and storm water harvesting scheme to supply industry and agriculture, if he’s elected in 2007.

The Daily Telegraph
splashes with the latest Shane scandal, “GONE: NINE DUMPS WARNE,” which
brings to an end Warne’s $300,000-a-year contract following his
controversial off-field conduct. But also adorning the front page
is tabloid cover girl Schapelle Corby accompanied by the news that any witness who admits putting drugs in her luggage will not be immune from prosecution.

The Herald Sun simply reads, “YOU’RE OUT” as Warnie is dumped by Packer. And “a tanned and fit Schapelle Corby” also makes the front page of the Hun, participating in a fitness and dance routine as part of pre-Independence Day celebrations. The Hun also reports that the pilot flying millionaire property developer Brian Ray and his wife to Mt Hotham was told by the Hotham airport manager he had no hope of landing through a blizzard sweeping the alpine runway.

The Courier-Mail
reports that Queensland taxpayers face a $140,000 bill to remove about
55 protesters trying to block construction of a Woolworths supermarket
in the Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Maleny. The Advertiser
reveals that the state opera’s Ring Cycle has been
nominated for 11 national Helpmann Awards, including best special event
and best opera. A Hobart journalist and communications specialist
has resigned from the Forests and Forest Industry Council, claiming his
efforts to improve the image of the industry struck continual
resistance – “It proved to be an impossible task,” he told The Mercury. And the NT News
reports that a Danish family of five was stranded overnight on a remote
beach next to a creek inhabited by large salt-water crocodiles in Kakadu
National Park after apparently being “forgotten” by a tour operator.

Peter Fray

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