The Age

goes big with Justice Ray Finkelstein’s comments on Steve Vizard,
saying that the punishment had to be hefty enough to warn the business
community that “if they break the trust that has been reposed in them
they will receive a proper punishment.” The paper also reports
that Israeli agents who listen to terrorist chatter
have warned that Australia has a high profile among Islamist militants
using Arab language internet chat rooms to discuss possible terrorist
target. Meanwhile, the last 22 children remaining in immigration detention will be released today, following a compromise deal reached with Petro Georgiou and three other Liberal backbenchers in June.

The Herald Sun
splashes with Vizard under the headline, “IT’S NOT OVER YET” as Westpac
is considering calling in police to help investigate a special $2
million payment to Vizard in lieu of money allegedly stolen by his
bookkeeper. And Peter Costello has said Vizard’s penalty should
be a warning to company directors
– his comments were echoed by Premier Steve Bracks who also ruled out
any future government roles for Vizard. Meanwhile the NAB is set
to pay out $80 million in refunds because of bungles going back more than a decade.

The Sydney Morning Herald‘s
lead headline reads: “Knives out for deputy in race to replace Carr,” as
Labor power brokers press Andrew Refshauge to step down and permit “a
full-blooded generational change.” The SMH also reports that while women are responsible for the expansion of Australia’s workforce participation
over the past decade, the male working rate has been shrinking despite
a falling unemployment rate says a Labour Force Experience study. And
Australia has signed an American-led partnership aimed at halving greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the century through clean energy projects.

The Daily Telegraph
splashes with glum Carl Scully who’s been “DUMPED BY HIS MATES” after a
decade coveting the top job and wooing backbenchers. And back
from the brink of death, seriously injured Aussie cyclist
Alexis Rhodes has begun walking and riding a stationary bicycle in a
German intensive care unit a week after waking from a medically induced

The Australian
lead with Mark Vaile’s demand that at least $2 billion be set aside from
the sale of Telstra for a bush fund to protect regional services as the
price for the Nationals’ support for the telco’s privatisation. From
Turin, home of the 2006 Winter Olympics, former NSW police commissioner
and current Winter Games security head Peter Ryan has said Australia is
tackling terrorism
with “kid gloves” and that police and secret agents should be granted
more powers to interrogate and spy on suspects. And property searches
by The Australian have revealed that the couple at the head of the Hillsong church, have sold two their own properties to Leadership Ministries Incorporated, of which Mr Houston is a director.

The Courier-Mail
reports that Noosa MP Cate Molloy – best known for supporting nude
sunbathing – has said she felt overlooked after not getting the
position left vacant by the retiring treasurer, Terry Mackenroth.
The Advertiser
splashes with the news that US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is
coming to Adelaide in November to head the inaugural meeting of the
Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate.
Meanwhile in Tasmania The Mercury
reports that four historic Hobart churches could be sold and clergy
axed in a radical makeover of the Anglican Church. And The West
says smoking will be virtually extinct in WA in 25 years and more
frowned on than spitting in the street, according to a forecast by
Curtin University.

Peter Fray

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