As its tagline declares, The Australian is “keeping the nation informed’ with coverage of the new round
of Bali bombings on Saturday night when three suicide bombers
detonated vests or bags packed with ball-bearings in restaurants full
of families on Kuta Beach and Jimbaran Bay. The attack – which to date has killed 26 and injured 122 – bore all the hallmarks of a Jemaah
Islamiah attack, says the paper. JI is alive and killing,
says Clive Williams. Still on the front page, but pushed to the
margins, how Australia’s longest-running native title claim will end this week.

The SMH contains the gruesome revelation
that the three severed heads found at the bombing sites in Bali are
strong evidence that the blasts were the work of suicide bombers –
federal police commissioner Mick Keelty has warned that it will take
some time to confirm that the blasts were suicide bombings. According to the paper, the US Government had warned its citizens
in Bali on Friday of a
possible terrorist attack, telling them to avoid tourist areas.
Meanwhile, it’s the “high of the Tigers” this morning, with Benji
Marshall hailed a grand-final hero
before he has even
turned 21, helping the Wests Tigers to victory against North Queensland
in last night’s NRL clash with a play he says came “out of my a*se.”


In the wake of the Bali bombings, debris now lines the beach, says The Age. And
although a particularly grisly find seems to indicate that it was a suicide bombing, survivors suggest that
at least one of the two bombs that ripped across the beach were buried
beneath tables. In other news, the paper reports how Victoria loses millions due to the stress and strain on the state’s teachers.

“JUST SECONDS FROM HELL” reads the Daily Tele this morning, with amateur video evidence
that purportedly captures a suspected ‘backpack” bomber just seconds
before the blasts. Similarly, the Herald Sun runs
with frame-by-frame footage that documents the transformation from
convivial restaurant scene to nightmare. Three Australians have been confirmed dead, says the paper.

Some Australians in Bali are having trouble getting
out in the wake of the blasts, while others fear for the local Balinese and how the latest attacks will devastate their economy, says the Tele.On the sporting front, the West Tigers’ victory last night was “unheralded and unorthodox,” says the paper. With the win sparked by a spectacular 98m try laid on by wizard Benji Marshall in
the first half, the Tigers overcame an early 6-0 deficit to the Cowboys to write their
own page of history.

Between Schapelle Corby and the latest round of attacks, Bali has become a place Australians are increasingly wary of, says The Courier-Mail, which also runs with the story of Jessica Fitzgerald, the severely injured 13-year-old Australian girl
who does not yet know her brother died in the latest Bali bombings – and who is a “key
witness in the investigation of the triple suicide attack.” Meanwhile, The Adelaide Advertiser has a casualty list,
detailing those affected in the blast and the extent of their injuries.
And up to 25 of them are in the Northern Territory, having been rushed
to Darwin for treatment, says the NT News.

In Canberra, fertility experts and
obstetricians are seeing a rise in infertility and pregnancy
complications associated with obesity, says The Canberra Times. And Tasmania is being urged to look to the transport future, says The Mercury, with a potential complete overhaul of its rail network, including
the possibility of passenger travel and ultra-fast cargo transport.

Peter Fray

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