‘Bali mob want Amrozi dead,’ says The Australian‘s front page headline, with pictures of the chaotic scenes that the paper says marred
yesterday’s third anniversary of the Bali bombings, as former Indonesian
president Abdurrahman Wahid suggested his country’s military or police may have
been behind one of the 2002 bombings. Wahid told SBS’s Dateline that he had grave concerns
about links between Indonesian authorities and terrorist groups and believed
authorities may have organised the larger of the two 2002 Bali bombings which
hit the Sari Club, killing the bulk of the 202 people who died. The claim from the famously eccentric
former president is “bizarre and disturbing,” says The Oz‘s Sally Neighbour, not because it is convincing, but because
it could further confuse the terrorism debate in Indonesia.

And Prime Minister John Howard is fighting to quell bitter
divisions
within the Coalition and restore his reform agenda, says the paper,
after Nationals senator Barnaby Joyce derailed the Government’s Senate
majority.

The Sydney Morning Herald leads with a topic close to Australians’ hearts: property. The paper reports on
a Senate committee’s findings that capital gains tax and negative gearing rules
should be altered to discourage speculative investment in rental properties and
help reduce Australia’s
“chronic debt burden.” The paper also covers the Bali
memorial
. The front page is dominated by scenes at the unveiling of the Coogee
Beach memorial for 20 eastern suburbs residents who were killed in the blasts three
years ago. Meanwhile, the Cross City Tunnel outrage continues. And in breaking news, a strong aftershock has
shaken Pakistan’s
capital, Islamabad.

Women who want a late-term abortion for reasons other than a
foetal abnormality will have to first see a counsellor and go through a
mandatory 48-hour cooling-off period, reports The Age.
The new regulations, expected to be introduced by the State Government within
months, are in response to concerns about new figures that show the number of
late-term abortions in Victoria for psychosocial reasons almost doubled to 197
last year. Also making The Age‘s
front page, a report
from Indonesia
on the confusion surrounding the fate of Schapelle Corby after an
Indonesian judge denied reports that her 20-year jail term was to be
reduced by five years – as declared yesterday by Corby’s
lawyers.

The Cross City Tunnel is front page news at The Daily Telegraph, as the paper continues its campaign for the state government to take
responsibility for the project, clear roads and cut tolls. And the Corby sentence gets a front page run at the Tele too, reporting
that “Schapelle Corby’s hopes of being freed from jail have been dashed.”

A big photo of the Danish Crown Princess – our Mary –
adorns the front page of the Herald Sun,
with the news she will today be named the international patron of children’s
charity the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, formed in Victoria
after the 1996 Port Arthur tragedy
in her home state, Tasmania. The
paper also reports
that a $2 million dollar reward and indemnities from
prosecution are being offered in a renewed effort to solve the murders
of Jennifer Tanner and Adele Bailey. Former Victoria Police officer
Denis
Tanner has been accused of, but not charged with, murdering his
sister-in-law
Jennifer and transsexual prostitute Adele Bailey and strongly maintains
his
innocence.

The
Courier-Mailruns with a photograph of two of the “Bail nine” Australians facing the death
penalty over heroin smuggling, with news surfacing from the trial that Matthew
James Norman of Sydney – then 18 and the youngest of the group – boasted about
how rich he felt handling a backpack full of the drug. And in confirmation of a
tip published in Crikey yesterday, the paper reports that the Brisbane Lions’
vice-captain Justin Leppitsch, assistant coach Craig Lambert, forward Jonathan
Brown, midfielder Tim Notting, and St Kilda forward Fraser Gehrig were among
various AFL figures
turned away by Customs officials at Bangkok International Airport early on
Tuesday morning after complaints of loud and unruly behaviour on a flight from
Sydney to Thailand.

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leads with news that South Australian Liberal leader Rob Kerin’s job is safe –
for now. Kerin came close to losing his job following a challenge from Martin
Hamilton-Smith, who bowed out of the race when he failed to muster the required
numbers. And it’s more political moving and shaking at The West Australian which leads with the shares crisis in Geoff Gallop’s cabinet. The Premier is under
mounting pressure to sack Seniors Minister Bob Kucera after the Opposition
revealed his wife held Alinta shares when Cabinet agreed to a deal which saved
the gas company and its partners $88 million.

In Tasmania, The Mercury
reports that a Supreme Court judge has “slammed” parts of Tasmania’s
controversial family violence laws, after they saw 35-year-old David Andrew
Olsen languishing in jail without bail for 3 months, possibly longer than his
potential sentence for aggravated assault.

And an audacious plan unveiled yesterday by the director of the
National Gallery of Australia, Ron Radford, to persuade the federal government
to invest in blue-chip art works and lend them to the gallery, tops news in TheCanberra Times.

It’s more crocodile news at the Northern Territory
News
with reports that swimming and canoeing has been suspended at Katherine Gorge
after the sighting of a 3m saltwater crocodile. Another saltwater croc was
spotted at Darwin’s upmarket
Bayview marina, and crocodile scientists and wildlife officers are now on the
hunt.

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