The Australian
leads with the latest
from Bali – the news that Indonesian
police believe a man they arrested on Saturday night was involved in planning
the bombings. The man, known as Abdullah, had arrived in Bali
only two days prior to the attack, and was seized on a public bus heading to
east Java. Meanwhile, the story of Newcastle teenagers, Ben and Isaac Zwinolinski, is
a remarkable
one. They escaped the fate of their parents, Colin and Fiona, who were
killed in the Jimbaran blast. Alongside is the news of the government’s
plan to “create an
enterprise culture within black communities,” by allowing Aboriginal
communities to sell their land to individuals and businesses. It’s all part of the
Howard Government’s “revolution” in Aboriginal affairs.

The SMH reports that the government has toughened its travel advice for Indonesia,
warning Australians in Bali to avoid the Seminyak area after media
reports of more bomb threats. And back at home, a new national identity system
will be considered at today’s
federal cabinet meeting as part of a shake-up of immigration
procedures aimed at preventing the recurrence of wrongful detention of
Australians. Meanwhile, two Australian researchers have been awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine after discovering that peptic ulcers and gastritis could be caused by a
bacterium.

Indonesian survivors of the latest Bali bombing are unforgiving
of terrorists and say they have little interest in, or
understanding of what they hope to achieve, says The
Age
. The paper reports that Prime Minister John Howard will urge Indonesia to ban terror
group Jemaah Islamiah in the wake of the latest Bali bombings,
which investigators say were masterminded by two prominent JI
figures. In other news, rescuers have winched an injured man from a yacht stranded in
rough seas in Bass Strait overnight.

“MIRACLE FLIGHT TO SAFETY” reads the Daily Telethis morning, with a picture of Newcastle couple Eric and Jenny Pilar
exchanging glances from their stretchers as they
prepared to undergo emergency surgery in Darwin for shrapnel wounds and
broken bones. The Herald Sunruns with
the same theme, “MISSION OF MERCY,” reporting that 20 Australian survivors
were flown to Darwin yesterday, where teams of surgeons treated them for severe
shrapnel wounds, eye and ear injuries, and serious damage to internal
organs. Up to 10 Australians are fighting for their lives, with nails, bolts and ball-bearings embedded in their bodies.

“SHOOT THE BOMBERS,” thunders The Courier-Mail, reporting that angry Indonesians yesterday marched on Bali’s
Parliament demanding three convicted Bali bombers responsible for the
2002 attacks be executed immediately. Meanwhile, The Adelaide Advertiserruns with the headline “DIAL A BOMB,” reporting that explosives carried by the three suicide bombers who
killed at least 22 people in Bali on Saturday were probably
electronically triggered by accomplices using mobile phones. The NT
News

continues to report on patients in the Royal Darwin Hospital. The
injured include Australians, a Japanese tourist and some Balinese
patients. Officials
say casualties airlifted to RDH suffered different injuries to those
seen in the October 2002 bombings – they’re consistent with lethal bomb
blasts, replacing the critical burns seen in “Bali One.”

The
Canberra Times

focuses on the chilling video footage of one of the suspected Bali
suicide bombers, taken by a south coast man at a Kuta restaurant
seconds before the bomb exploded.

The
Mercury
‘s
top story is the news that plummeting tin prices have forced the
closure of the Renison Bell tin mine near Zeehan, putting 200 people
out of work.

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