“Schapelle Corby’s case in ruins,” leads this morning’s Sydney Morning Herald,
as the news just gets worse and worse for the convicted drug trafficker
after the Indonesian Supreme Court ruled increase her sentence back to
20 years. The court ruled that the High Court was incorrect to drop her
sentence back to 15 years, after she was caught at Denpasar airport
trying to smuggle in 4.1 kg of cannabis back in 2004. And in what was
an ominous sign for Corby, her brother, James Kisina, was arrested for
breaking into a house and stealing a large amount of cannabis and money
just prior to the Supreme Court handing down its decision.


And some more light hearted fallout from this week’s big escape story out of Sydney, with the Herald
reporting that Robert Cole – originally named Andrew David Robertson –
was the subject of the ABC’s 1995 drama series Corelli, with Hollywood
heart-throb Hugh Jackman playing the now infamous “Cole.” His former
inmates at Sydney’s Long Bay Security Hospital new nothing of Cole’s
intriguing past, who has been in and out of jail all throughout the
90s.

While in some more Sydney law and order news, the head of Strike Force Enoggera,
which was set up to investigate the Cronulla riots, has been stood down
after claims he failed to arrest the people responsible for the
attacks.

The worst kept secret in Canberra is all over the front page of The Australian
this morning, with the paper leading: “Hill to quit, clearing way for
reshuffle.” Yes, Defence Minister Robert Hill will quit politics to
become Australia’s ambassador to the United Nations, which has left the
door open for the prime minister to clean out and reshuffle his
cabinet. It’s tipped either Minchin or Abbot will take up Hill’s old role,
while Education Minister is in for a “reward” after presumably doing a
bang-up job with the country’s education reform and changes to higher
education.

And one of Africa’s richest countries, the Ivory Coast,
is again on the brink of its second civil war in five years, after
gangs representing President Laurent Gbagbo running out of control in
the south of the country, forcing international peace keepers and UN
troops out of the country. The president had called on his supporters
to stop the violence, which saw the gangs torch cars and block roads
across the country.

And only a day after being sacked from his position as executive producer for Channel Nine’s Sunday program, John Lyons
– a former SMH editor – has been reinstated after James Packer and PBL
chief executive John Alexander personally intervened. The latest
decision shows that Packer, and his management team, wants to continue
to play a very hands-on role in the day to day runnings of PBL
following the death of his father, Kerry, who was involved in almost
every level of running his former business.

After yesterday’s blanket AWB coverage most of the papers have moved on
to focus on either Corby, Hewitt (oh yeah, in case you didn’t know, he
lost) or Hill. Not The Age
though, with the paper giving it the most front page coverage this
morning. And the latest news is that AWB executives knew that what they
were doing, or proposing to do, was in breach of the UN sanctions, but
were still concerned about getting approval from Foreign Affairs
Minister Alexander Downer. Yesterday Andrew Lindberg, head of AWB, told
the Cole inquiry he had no recollections of meeting with Mr Downer;
only to be asked by John Agius from the council assisting the
commission: “Are you a complete fool, Mr Lindberg?” Lindberg replied:
“I am not a complete fool.” More Perry Mason to come.

And a US firm may challenge an Australian ruling to allow Australian manufacturers to use the generic term ugg when producing wooly shoes and slippers.
US company Deckers, who took out the trademark name ugg back in the
70s, said it may challenge the Australian ruling. The company released
a statement saying, among other things: “Deckers will continue to take
any and all necessary actions to protect its Ugg brand around the
world.”

And the CIA has confirmed that Osama is alive,
sort of. The CIA have confirmed that the voice on a new Al Qaeda tape
is, in fact, that of the world’s most wanted man, Osama bin Laden. The
White House has responded to the tape, which baits the US to come to a
compromise over Iraq and other terrorism hot spots, by saying that they
don’t negotiate with terrorists.

“Corby jail blow,” says The Herald Sun
this morning, reporting half-brother James Kisina is claiming that he
broke into a Brisbane house with a group of two other youths armed with
baseball bats and allegedly stole cannabis and money in a bid to try
and grab some evidence to help prove that his half-sister is innocent.
‘Waltzing Matilda’ is a complete “nonsense song” and ‘Advance Australia
Fair’ is rubbish, according to famous Aussie expat Barrie Humphries.”The
present anthem is unlearnable,” he told the Herald Sun. “Nobody knows
the words. You have ordinary members of the public trying to mouth the
words while standing still – they always look very, very embarrassed.”
Indeed they do.


And it’s a “Cop-out: no arrests over bashing,” says The Daily Telegraph
this morning, referring to the video footage of a group of Middle
Eastern men allegedly bashing a man on camera. Steve B – the victim of
the attack – has spoken to the Tele and asked the obvious question as
to why nobody has been arrested over the attack at Cronulla Beach. Hewitt’s
also splashed on the front page, but trying to find a new angle in his
awful performance last night is proving rather tough for most daily
sports’ editors today. And then there’s the Latham news, where the
former ALP leader has gotten into some biffo with a Tele photographer
after the photographer started snapping pictures of the now private
citizen out the front of Hungry Jack’s. And the notion of fair and
balanced reporting is out the window at the Tele, as they open with the
line that “Mark Latham yesterday reminded the public why he was unfit
to lead the country.” And theDaily Telegraph today reminds us why the public’s perception of journalists is at an all time low. Shame.

Double blow for Corby, leads The
Courier-Mail
,
reporting that the decision to reinstate her 20-year sentence was made
a week ago by the Supreme Court in Jakarta, but had yet to be relayed
to Bali or be made public.
And the Court has also ordered the evidence destroyed, signalling that the case
is now closed. Meanwhile, the Corby family suffered another drug-related blow, when Corby’s half-brother
James Kisina, 18, appeared in court at Beenleigh, south of Brisbane,
yesterday, on drugs charges. Kisina was on the plane with Corby on the day she
flew to Bali, and had been carrying the boogie board bag before the arrest.

Corby doesn’t look happy on the front of the Adelaide Advertiser. And Jelena Dokic has
laughed off her father’s nutty remarks made in the Serbian press that
he would drop a nuclear bomb on Australia and kidnap her to get her
back. Old man Dokic
told the Serbian press: “I have thought about dropping a nuclear bomb
on Sydney since Jelena lost in the first round this week, for which
Australia is to blame.” Where he gets the bomb is probably a bigger
story.


“Two dead in plane crash,” says the Northern Territory News
this morning, after a light aircraft crashed on approach to McArthur
River Mine airstrip near Borroloola yesterday morning. The plane missed
the landing strip by about 2km, but the cause of the crash is not yet
known.

“Three taken to hospital after car and truck collide in Ainslie,” leads The Canberra Times
after a truck and a car crashed head on yesterday. The truck driver was
fine, but the male driver of the car was taken to Canberra Hospital to
receive treatment for head wounds.

Today’s West Australian reports that the WA Labor Party’s bid to
engineer a smooth transition of power disintegrated yesterday when Michelle
Roberts and Alan Carpenter both declared that they wanted to replace Geoff
Gallop as premier. Without party consensus, the scene is set for four more days
of bruising negotiations before a ballot of Labor MPs on Tuesday.

The Mercury continues its road safety campaign with the story of Kirby Barker, the 20-year-old Snug woman who
suffered two broken legs, 13 smashed bones in her face and the loss of several
teeth after she fell asleep at the wheel four months ago. Meanwhile, the paper has the latest on Tassie’s
favourite export – Crown Princess Mary. Hobart
party supplies store Party World says they’ve heard of at least a dozen parties
to celebrate the christening of Mary’s son in Copenhagen on Saturday.

Peter Fray

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