If 22-year-old Shehzad Tanweer and his three friends wanted to be
remembered for their London bombs then they’ve done well in Australia
with all the major dailies leading with their identities and a picture
of the youthful Tanweer.

The Australian
calls the men “Britain’s home-grown enemy” and devotes much of the
front page to the latest developments in the investigation. The Oz also reports that Australia’s 150 special forces will be sent to the most lawless areas of southern Afghanistan,
where there has been the bloodiest fighting since the fundamentalist
Taliban regime was overthrown in 2002. And in an uncharacteristic
move, Australia will vote in favour of a resolution to expand membership
of the UN Security Council from 15 to 25 nations, even though the resolution was vigorously denounced by the US during a General Assembly debate.

The Sydney Morning Herald goes big with the “Friends who became bombs.” The SMH also reports that construction companies will be banned from tendering for Commonwealth projects unless their workplace agreements meet new federal government codes imposed from October. And junior cricketers
are being discouraged from playing the game by their mothers who don’t
have time for weekend cricket, which drags on too long for today’s
hectic lifestyles. The Age leads with “The face of British terrorism,” but the paper also reports that Michael Lipshutz, president of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria,
says the group will use Victoria’s anti-vilification laws unless a
Brunswick group stops selling books that it says call for a “holy war.”

The Daily Telegraph‘s splash reads “HOME GROWN TERROR” next to a photo of Shehzad Tanweer. A NSW woman has emerged as the 10th Australian wounded
in the terrorist attacks in London after emerging from the No. 30 bus
blast largely unharmed, subsequently remarking to friends: “Where was
Keanu when I needed him?” Meanwhile Princess Mary and Crown
Prince Frederik have accepted honorary memberships of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania with The Tele
noting that should they tire of Government House’s “lavish hospitality”
they can now pop down to the club for “$10 Thursday lunch roast.”

The Herald Sun goes with “EVIL FROM WITHIN” to describe the London bombers. Meanwhile the Hun has seen “secret” documents showing the details of rival bids for the $500 million smartcard tender, which were leaked to the short-listed bidders in March, compromising the tender process. And the Schapelle Corby
saga rolls on with the photogenic inmate suddenly becoming camera shy
during a visit to Kerobokan jail by an Indonesian parliamentary
committee and its accompanying media.

The Courier-Mail
says Peter Beattie won’t reveal whether he has told any of his Cabinet
ministers they are “duds” who should not stand for re-election. The Advertiser
says South Australia’s chances of winning major defence contracts
would be put at risk under the federal government’s proposed IR changes,
as one of SA’s selling points is its strong industrial relations record. The West Australian
says the Kerry Packer-controlled Burswood has warned it will pull out
of the multi-billion dollar international high-roller market unless it
can keep smoking exemptions deemed critical to a proposed $45 million
casino upgrade. And the NT News says the Territory government has renewed its
campaign to legalise crocodile hunting safaris, outlining the significant economic benefits it would promote.

Over in the US The San Francisco Chronicle
reveals that the Southern state of Georgia is celebrating the tenth
annual Redneck Games where events “for the ain’t-so-athletic” include
the bobbing for pig feet, the mudpit belly-flop and the armpit
serenade. The games started as a spoof of the 1996 Atlanta
Olympics, with a propane torch lighting a ceremonial barbecue grill and
the gag games now draw tourists “like moths to a backyard bug-zapper.”

Peter Fray

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