Simon Crean was last night celebrating a resounding win
after getting almost 70% of the votes in the preselection battle for Hotham (and effectively saving his political
career), reports The Oz. Julia Gillard has publicly criticised Kim Beazley for
not being “inclusive” and for failing to declare support for Crean in the lead-up
to the vote. And the SMHreports that Simon Crean has challenged Kim Beazley to
stand up to factional bullies and “stop the rot” that has set in to the Labor
party.

In AWB news, the Cole inquiry heard yesterday that Australian
ministers, including John Anderson and Alexander Downer, were told eight months
ago by AWB that the UN had accused them of breaching sanctions, reports The
SMH
.

And Sydney
commuters are refusing to use the Cross City Tunnel despite the toll being
slashed in half, reportsThe Daily Tele.

Australia
and India will
explore the details of the US-India nuclear deal further, but John Howard has
said that India
is not a potential uranium market for us, reportsThe Age. And the Howard
government has allegedly offered the Mirrar people, traditional owners of the
land on which the Jabiluka uranium mine is situated, ownership of the town of Jabiru
if they reverse opposition to the mine.

Commonwealth Games athletes have been “forced to rent their own fans” because
there’s no air-conditioning at the athletes village, reports the Herald Sun.

One of Queensland’s
most prominent Indigenous elders was left for more than five hours at a busy Brisbane
bus stop after suffering a stroke, reports The Courier-Mail.

The Canberra Times reports that the Queen will be arriving at
the RAAF Base Fairbairn on Sunday morning.

The Advertiserreports that the Liberal Party’s chances have been
boosted in eight seats by Family First preferences.

Tasmania is in
the middle of a renovation boom, with waits of up to six months for
tradespeople, says The Mercury.

And apparently everybody wants to live in Perth
the rental market is so red-hot that tenants are paying up to $100 a
week above advertised rental prices to secure a property, reports The West Australian.

Peter Fray

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