The Australian

leads with the Howard Government decision to examine a proposal for
national identity cards as a way of improving border security and
countering the threat of terrorism in the wake of the damning Palmer
report. Meanwhile one of ASIC’s star witnesses in its case
against two One.Tel directors
has admitted being paid $4,500 by Kerry Packer’s private company,
Consolidated Press Holdings, after swearing an affidavit which painted
James Packer in favourable light. And The Oz also reveals that
Victoria Police and the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions law
failed to act on serious insider trading allegations made against Steve Vizard in the suicide note of his accountant, Roy Hilliard.

The Sydney Morning Herald goes big on the Palmer report as “the women Australia abandoned force the PM to say sorry.” Mike Seccombe observes that Howard was trying very hard to accentuate the positive at his news conference yesterday. The SMH also reveals the identity of the fourth London bomber – Jamaican-born, British resident, Lindsey Germaine – who had links to West Yorkshire, where the three other bombers lived.

The Age
leads with Howard’s apology to Cornelia Rau and Vivian Alvarez Solon
after the Palmer report attacked the Immigration Department’s treatment
of the two women. The leader of Australia’s largest Islamic
group, the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, has called on the federal government to help set up a national Muslim council to help overcome the spread of extremism. And a survey of 1,600 full-time workers
has found that men who spend six hours a day or more at their desk are
almost twice as likely to be overweight or obese than people who spend
less than 45 minutes sitting down. But female office workers are
thought to be less at risk as they were more likely to be doing
housework as well.

The Daily Telegraph
splashes with Sheik Mohammed Omran, the radical Muslim cleric who seven
days after the London bombings still wants proof that Islamic
terrorists are to blame, under the headline, “HE’S AN AUSSIE
CITIZEN.” And a NSW Supreme Court judge has wondered whether
ordinary citizens received the same amount of police time and resources
as Nicole Kidman received during a hearing relating to the alleged bugging of the actress’s street by the paparazzi.

The Herald Sun
splashes with the headline “WE FIND MR BALDY” after the paper tracked
down and confronted the infamous pedophile on the first day of his
parole release after authorities refused to reveal where he was living
or what he looked like. The Hun has also discovered that Gregory Lay, the accountant Steve Vizard trusted to pull off his share deals, is the founder of a religious sect – Breakthrough Ministries Inc – and believes God forgives all sins.

The integrity of journalists covering the Dr Patel inquiry has been
called into question after journalists dining out with commission
staff in Bundaberg read out mock awards for patients who had given
graphic evidence of their treatment by Dr Patel, says The Courier-Mail. The Advertiser reports that the major report of the Kapunda Road Royal
Commission will be delivered today and Greg James, QC, is expected to
recommend that fleeing a crime scene to prevent evidence from being
gathered should be an offence. The Mercury reveals Tasmanian Tattersall’s beneficiaries have sold at least $30 million
worth of shares since Tatt’s was listed on the stock exchange on 7 July. The West reports that average wage earners can no longer afford even
the most basic Perth house and land package, according to research compiled by building giant BGC. And the NT News says Defence Minister Robert Hill has taken the time to
order an investigation into a complaint that Darwin’s RAAF Base golf
club was unfair competition to the ailing Darwin Golf Club, leading to
a potential crack down on civilians playing on the course.

Peter Fray

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