The Oz
leads with education today, reporting that Brendan
Nelson has outlined a second wave of
higher education reforms that would encourage students to do generalist
first degrees at outer-suburban and regional campuses before entering
elite graduate schools at the nation’s sandstone universities. And a
photo of Van Nguyen’s mother Kim and his twin brother Khoa being
escorted out of Changi Prison dominates the front page, with the
headline ‘Singapore’s hand in Golden Triangle,’ reporting that while Singapore has an unwavering policy of
hanging drug mules such as Australia’s Nguyen Tuong Van without mercy,
it has for years been one of the strongest backers of Burma, the
world’s second-biggest producer of heroin.

And the SMH echoes
those sentiments with their report of comments
from Federal Court judge Marcus Einfeld, who said it was “hypocritical
of Singapore to execute an Australian for drug
smuggling while it continued to sustain one of the world’s biggest
heroin traders…Justice Einfeld said Singapore was a major trading
partner of
Burma, which he said was one of the world’s worst regimes.” And in
local news, two women will face court today after customs at Sydney
airport
allegedly found six kilograms of ecstasy worth about $1 million in
their suitcases. The women had both arrived on a flight from London yesterday
morning, the Australian Federal Police said in a
statement.

And the plight of Van Nguyen dominates The Age’s
front page too, with the headline “Bracks sends Hulls to plead for
Nguyen as hopes fade.” Mr Hulls announced his trip last night after
Prime
Minister John Howard declared there was nothing more he could do
for Nguyen. With nine days remaining before the scheduled execution, Mr
Hulls will take a letter signed by Premier Steve Bracks to the
Singaporean Government pleading for Nguyen’s life on behalf of
Victorians. The paper also reports that Australian Federal Police are investigating a website linked to
the Jemaah Islamiah group that tells would-be terrorists how to
attack westerners. The website, called Anshar El Muslimin, warns of attacks at
locations across Jakarta, including shopping centres, sports
venues, hotels and the zoo.

The Daily Telegraph
reports on IR issues, running the promising headline “Your 38-hour pay guarantee,” reporting that full-time workers would
still be paid for a minimum 38 hours a week even if they were required
to work fewer hours – a softening of the workplace laws proposed by
Coalition MPs. The proposal, one of seven made by Government senators yesterday, would
stop full-time workers being ripped off by having rosters altered under
flexible work arrangements. While the senators said they would back the WorkChoices
legislation without the amendment, the Government said it would look at
the proposal.

Meanwhile, the Herald Sun
runs with the peculiar story of a policeman’s mother’s home being
raided, angering police and prompting a probe into
the corruption watchdog. Local police were not told why OPI
investigators went to Wonthaggi,
South Gippsland, to execute a search warrant on the woman’s house. The
mother discovered her house had been searched when she returned home
and found a note from the OPI.

“Streets of Slaughter,” screams The Courier Mail, with the report that Queensland
is reeling from the worst period of road carnage in memory, with ten
dead in seven accidents in just 27 hours. The shocking series of
fatalities, which sent the state road toll for
the year spiralling to 282, came as plans for tough new penalties for
drivers were revealed.