The Australian

leads with the small blasts which hit the London Underground at midday
yesterday – 9pm AEST – causing panic, and injuring at least one person. Cornelia Rau
has demanded $7 million in compensation from the federal government,
claiming she had been “treated like a criminal” while wrongfully
detained as a suspected illegal immigrant. And The Oz also reports that corporate watchdog ASIC could still pursue a criminal case against Steve Vizard if appropriate evidence became available.

The Sydney Morning Herald‘s
front page also leads with the latest UK blasts dubbed: “London’s
second wave of terror.” Also front page news are the four
brothers from Pakistan, said to be the most violent, prolific gang rapists
Sydney has known, with as many as 18 young victims, after suppression
orders forbidding publication of their trial details were lifted.
Meanwhile, an OECD social policy expert says Australian mothers
have one of the lowest employment rates in the developed world. They
are encouraged to stay at home through generous welfare payments and
community expectations.

The Age
goes big with the court appearance of disgraced Melbourne businessman
Steve Vizard under the headline: “Just pure greed: ASIC.” The Age also reports that Vizard
wrote a letter in February 2001 which appeared to ask accountant Greg
Lay to write his own “like” statement about the technology stock
investments at the centre of yesterday’s Federal Court hearing.
And Michelle Grattan writes that an estimated one in five people aged
14 to 24 has a mental health problem
but they are falling through the cracks of a system that’s not geared to
help them. This has prompted the federal government to set up a youth mental
health foundation to encourage early intervention and treatment.

The Herald Sun leads with the London blasts, but also has a large photo of insider trader Steve Vizard
who could escape with a $390,000 fine and five-year ban from running
companies. And indigenous parents
who blow money on alcohol and gambling would be stripped of Centrelink
payments under a radical overhaul to be considered by Treasurer Peter
Costello today.

The Daily Telegraph divides the front page between the “LONDON TERROR PANIC” and “Lleyton’s love match
– complete with a hazy paparazzi pic of wife Bec Cartwright walking
down the aisle. Meanwhile on his return from London, Bob Carr has
announced he wants Australia to introduce British style terror laws, which include offences of “indirect incitement to commit terrorism.” And Shane Warne
has been hit by another sex claim as a fifth woman comes forward in
England claiming to have had a recent affair with the cricketer.

The Courier-Mail
reports that new angling rules designed to conserve deep sea snapper
stocks could do more harm than good as recreational fishermen may
accidentally be killing up to 30 snapper while trying to reach their
bag limits of five legally sized fish. The Mercury
reports that Tasmanian potatoes have been given a vote of confidence by
fast food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken which has announced the company
is happy with its current arrangement. The Advertiser
says Barossa Valley grape growers believe the Australian wine industry
is on the brink of short-term disaster, due to a large oversupply of
wine grapes and massive stockpiles of wine. The West
reports that Alcoa is being investigated by the Department of
Environment after the company took 15 hours to report a 500,000-litre
chemical spill at its Wagerup refinery this week. And the NT News
says more than 1,300 mourners attended the moving state funeral of
Aboriginal leader W Rubuntja in Alice Springs yesterday. The land
rights campaigner and artist was born in the mid-1920s and died earlier
this month.

Peter Fray

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