“PM caves on single parents,” says The Australian, with the lead news that single parents will get two extra years on higher welfare
payments to retrain and prepare for a job, while top-up payments of about $20 a
week will be paid to thousands of single parents as part of a raft of
concessions designed to placate testy Coalition MPs.

And with a photo of a burning car, the Paris race riots dominate the paper’s front page. Reporting from the scene, Emma Kate Symons calls it “a war of attrition” and
compares it to the Gaza Strip. The rioting – which began on 27 October after two teenage boys from the poor,
mainly North African and Muslim immigrant suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois, died when
they took refuge in an electricity substation believing they were being pursued
by police – reached a peak Saturday night with more than 900 cars torched, and
nearly 200 arrests.

The Sydney Morning
Herald
‘s front page surprises with the news that the Federal Government has admitted arrests might not follow the
hurried passage of an amendment to counter-terrorism laws, despite the fact
that “specific intelligence” on a terrorist threat were cited as the
reason for the rush. But in an online update this morning, the paper reports that extra counter-terrorism police have been
rushed to Sydney to monitor two terrorist suspects believed to be planning an
attack on Australian soil – one of them linked to banned terrorist group
Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET).

In other front page news, the SMHreports on the advice of former ambassador to the US Michael Thawley, that Australia
should double its population by 2050, allow young Pacific Islanders into the
country to work, take up nuclear power, increase defence spending and become
more than just a middle power. And in news from Bali, Lawyers for Michelle Leslie want to call the
son of a senior Indonesian minister to give evidence at her trial after it was
revealed he was accompanying the Australian model on the night she was arrested
for drug possession in Bali.

“Iemma told to fix the rot,” says The Daily Telegraph,
leading with the news that after less than 100
days as leader, NSW Premier Morris Iemma has been warned to change
policy direction by party bosses spooked by public brawling between
ministers, a looming ICAC investigation and the
disaster over the privately built Cross City Tunnel.

Melbourne’s
transport crisis leads The Age,
the paper claiming to have forced the State Government to reveal its working
“transport and liveability” policy statement, following stinging criticism of the government’s record on public transport in an Age
series. Frequent trains through the City Loop, an extra rail track between
Caulfield and Dandenong and redevelopment of North Melbourne
station will be key parts of a pre-election transport statement from the State
Government early next year.

And more than 1000 people of all religions filled Australia’s
biggest church – St Patrick’s Cathedral, East Melbourne – yesterday, to pray
for the life of Nguyen Tuong Van, says The
Age
.
Nguyen, 25, who arrived in Australia
just months after being born in a Thai refugee camp, awaits execution on death
row in Singapore’s
Changi Prison, probably before this month ends, for importing heroin in 2002.

“Greg did it,” screams the Herald Sun,
with the sensational news that – eight years after the infamous crime was committed –
former attorney-general Jim Kennan has told the coroner there is enough
evidence to find Greg Domaszewicz killed Moe toddler Jaidyn Leskie and dumped his body in a dam.

The Advertiser leads with the news that SA schools will have the right to appoint their own
teachers for the first time under unprecedented changes to the state education
system. Education Minister Jane Lomax-Smith announces the new recruitment
system today, to begin next year for teacher vacancies in 2007.

Canberrans are paying 10 cents a litre more for petrol than Sydney
drivers, says the Canberra Times – prices averaged
$1.27.3 a litre in Canberra yesterday compared with $1.17.5 in Sydney – the difference
largely due to the extra amount skimmed by oil interests from ACT motorists.

The Courier-Mailcelebrates Australia’s win over West Indies at the Gabba yesterday with a pic
of Aussie pacemen Brett Lee and Nathan Braken – and a report claiming Bracken, with 4-for-48 has stamped himself as the new
generation fast bowler Australia
has been searching for. The paper also reports that Gulf of Carpentaria fishermen could be paid up to
$1000 a day to patrol Australia’s
northern waters following claims they are already taking matters into their own
hands and seizing gear from illegal vessels.

In Tassie, The Mercury
reports that Betfair is set to sponsor major sporting events if Tasmania
grants it a licence. And there’s the inspirational story of Tasmanian pilot and author Allana Corbin, who is expecting twins – 15 years
after being told she would never walk again.

Central Australian traditional owners are part of a
Territory delegation making a last-ditch effort to stop a nuclear waste facility being built in the territory, says the Northern Territory News, with the
Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Bill set to be tabled in the Senate
today.

And The West leads with a warning from a leading Murdoch University academic that WA is on
the brink of an environmental disaster because successive Federal and State
governments had failed to prevent dieback from killing vast chunks of forest.