The Sydney Morning Herald

covers the front page with Bob Carr’s surprise exit from state politics
and reports that health minister Morris Iemma has emerged as the surprise frontrunner for the top job, as the Right plots to thwart police minister Carl Scully’s ambitions. The paper also reveals how Andrew Refshauge,
Carr’s loyal deputy was told of the decision at 9am yesterday and that
the 11am press conference had already been called. And the SMH‘s extensive coverage also includes a comment from former NSW premier Nick Greiner.

The Daily Telegraph splashes with a full page photo of Carr and Helena under the headline: “Our new life.” The Tele also has the first picture of William Wayne Miller, the man who says he owns the drugs which landed Schapelle Corby in jail and who was willing to testify on her behalf so long as authorities granted him immunity from prosecution. And Grant Hackett smashed Ian Thorpe’s world record when he successfully defended his
800m freestyle title at the world swimming championships in Montreal.

The Age
leads with pro-family senators Steve Fielding and Barnaby Joyce’s
threat to block key aspects of the Coalition’s industrial relations
changes, demanding a backdown on plans to scrap guarantees on meal
breaks and paid public holidays. The Age also reports on Joe Korp’s final visit to his dying wife Maria accompanied by a police officer. Meanwhile, the public advocate
Julian Gardner says the spotlight has prolonged Maria Korp’s life and
that in other circumstances a decision to end
her life would have been made much sooner. And Labor and the ACTU will fight the federal government’s $20 million IR advertising blitz in the High Court, claiming the public money for the campaign is being used illegally and has breached the constitution.

The Australian
leads with the dangerous psychiatric patients who are being released
without adequate treatment because of the failed policy of closing down
mental asylums. The Oz reports that the NSW government is scrambling to find a new leader
to win a fourth term after Bob Carr’s sudden resignation after a
22-year political career and ten-year premiership. And more than 1,000 asylum-seekers
facing deportation may be able to stay in Australia after a
ground breaking Federal Court judgment yesterday ruled that
asylum-seekers whose temporary protection visas had expired could not
be deported unless the government proved their country of origin was

The Herald Sun
splashes with the “GREAT FOOT SNUB” after AFL and the MCC struck a deal
that will strip the MCG of its hold on hosting a preliminary final
ending a tradition spanning most of the VFL/AFL’s 108 years. The Hun also reveals that Westpac will investigate
Steve Vizard’s missing millions after accused bookkeeper Roy Hilliard
told the court he had received just $438,000 of Vizard’s “missing” $3
million, $2 million of which Westpac repaid to Vizard. And an analysis of
Melbourne’s public transport fare evaders
reveals that evader have just a one in 590 chance of being caught and
that even with the burden of escalating fines for repeat offenders,
fare evaders would on average be between $340 and $440 better off by
not buying a ticket for 590 trips.

The Courier-Mail
reports that Queensland Health was allegedly warned as early as July
2003 – almost two years before the Dr Jayant Patel scandal erupted –
that patients were being exposed to unnecessary risks under his
scalpel. The Advertiser
reports that local boy come astronaut Andy Thomas will use a robotic
arm to inspect the shuttle Discovery’s exterior for damage after debris
fell off during yesterday’s launch. The Mercury
says Tasmania’s main airport will spend $8 million to thwart a terror
attack in the state. And a federal government report on climate
change says that more severe tropical cyclones and thunderstorms will
attack the Northern Territory coast and that the Territory’s coastal
floodplains are destined to become salt swamps in the next 20 years, says the NT News.

Peter Fray

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