The Oz leads with all things AWB – the
withdrawal of AWB chairman Brendan Stewart from the delegation to Iraq, PM John Howard’s continued denials of any early
government awareness of the scandal, and the decision made by the AWB in 2002
to inflate prices on two lucrative wheat contracts, and to tell Foreign
Minister Alexander Downer
about it.

Meanwhile, Alexander Downer says he definitely didn’t see that memo from AWB, reports The Age. And the 20,000 people expected to converge on Melbourne as part of the Black GST protest
against the Commonwealth Games will be told by protest organisers
to camp in parks opposite the Games venues if the state government fails to provide a suitable location for a planned tent
embassy.

Premier Iemma intends to slash public service jobs and save the
state government $2.5 billion over four years by creating a series of
“super ministries”, reports The SMH.And researchers have found that the Australian
green tree frog produces its own mosquito repellent by exuding a chemical
concoction that smells like “roasted cashew nuts”.

CrossCity Motorway chief executive Graham Mulligan has hit back at the state government over the Cross City Tunnel, reportsThe Daily Tele, accusing it of dishonestly scapegoating his company in order to avoid scrutiny of its own mistakes.

IOC delegate Phil Coles has been refused
accreditation at the Commonwealth Games in what is seen as payback for his
alleged sabotage of Melbourne’s 1996 Olympics bid, reportsThe Herald Sun. And IOC president Jacques Rogge
is said to be reconsidering attending the opening ceremony as a result.
Children, children …

The Courier Mail reports that a man charged with three serious drink-driving offences in one month still has his license due to a legal technicality.

Researchers are hopeful that a vaccine developed
in Canberra could cure the potentially deadly hepatitis B
infection, reports the Canberra Times.

And The Advertiser reports that crippling workloads have contributed to the deaths of 6 South Australian GPs in the last 2 years.

Kerry Packer’s gamble on Burswood has paid off, says The West,
with strong growth from the resort and casino helping to push PBL to a
post-tax profit of $387 million for the second half of 2005.

And a multi-million dollar movie, starring Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe is to be shot in the Northern Territory by director Baz Luhrmann, reports the NT News.

Peter Fray

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