The pressure on Kim Beazley to take a stand against the factional
powerbrokers within the Labor party is mounting, after the second Labor frontbencher
in a week was ousted, reports The Oz. And Julia Gillard has ruled out a
leadership challenge in the next 18 months, saying that Beazley has her “full
support
” reports The Age. But her comments describing factionalism as a “cancer
destroying the party ” are a swipe at Beazley’s management, reportsThe SMH.

A textbook used widely in Victorian high schools draws a parallel
between the Crusades and 9/11 by referring to the Crusaders as terrorists,
reports The Oz.

And Finance Minister Nick Minchin is pushing for a new wave
of industrial relations reforms, despite acknowledging that most Australians “violently
disagree
” with the first lot, reports The SMH.

The Daily Teleleads with the news that 250 of NSW’s elite
emergency workers have been told they’ve been exposed to dangerous levels of
asbestos while carrying out anti-terrorist training at Holsworthy Army Barracks.

Alexander Downer was “relaxed” after hearing in June last
year that AWB had paid kickbacks to a company owned by the Iraqi regime, reportsThe Age.

Shane Warne finally admits that he may need professional
help
, reports The Hez.

The Courier-Mail leads with the news that Ian Thorpe has
officially withdrawn from the Commonwealth Games.

The Federal Government confirmed yesterday that Australian
troops will remain in Iraq

for up to another year, reports The Canberra Times.

Rob Kerin’s Liberal Opposition will today pledge to make the
Adelaide to Victor
Harbor road – one of the most deadly
in the state – a four-lane highway, reportsThe Advertiser.

Only weeks after winning their council fight to keep
roasting coffee in Battery Point the owners of Oomph! Tasmanian Gourmet Coffee are
selling up, reportsThe Mercury.

The West Australian leads with the news that China
has effectively declared war on WA’s iron ore miners by slashing the prices it
pays the Pilbara producers.

The Ranger uranium mine, due for closure in 2011, will now stay
open until at least 2014 as prices soar and demand for yellowcake increases,
reports the NT News.

Peter Fray

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