More radical welfare experiments for our indigenous people
leads The Australian this morning, with the
paper reporting that aboriginal parents of children who don’t attend school
will be punished, in an attempt to cut truancy rates and get Aborigines off the
dole.

“Sydney’s towering dynamo is dead,” declares The Sydney Morning Herald, atop of a glowing tribute to Harry Seidler
– Australia’s most celebrated architect who changed the face
of his adopted home, Sydney
. Meanwhile, the SMH also reports that NSW Liberals have sided
with Labor Premier Morris Iemma, against John Howard’s industrial relations
changes.

Sydney’s Arabic
community has been told to co-operate with police and dob in thugs responsible for violent
reprisals the day after the Cronulla riot, saysThe Daily
Tele.

Qantas issues an ultimatum – meet cost targets, or they’ll
move jobs offshore
, reports The Age. And the federal government is looking into using deprogramming for terrorists – a combination of opening their minds to “a more moderate Islam” and convincing them to turn in fellow terrorists.

Unsurprisingly, the $1 million witness against Mario Condello is now being investigated over allegations that he was the hitman in another unsolved gangland murder, reports The Hez.

The Courier-Mail
is worried about Queensland’s gambling
problem
, with a report that almost a quarter of a million of the state’s
population gamble so often they are at risk of becoming dependent on it.

The Canberra Times reports on Robert Fisk’s public speech
at the ANU last night where he said, among other things, that Western
governments have never made a proper inquiry into 9/11, because the who
and how have been examined, but not the why.

In South Australia, the Libs are
feeling generous
– pledging an extra $3000 grant for first homebuyers in the
lead-up to the state election, reports The Advertiser.

Tassie Bird flu death! Not quite, says The Mercury. But a 56-year-old
Tasmanian man has died from a bird fever
– parrot fever, to be precise – after recently setting up an aviary.

Alan Carpenter again defends embattled Police Minister John D’Orazio after the
State Opposition alleges he misled Parliament over his failure to pay
superannuation payments to workers at his Morley pharmacy, reportsThe West Australian.

And in the Northern Territory a
knife bandit has robbed a bank, or two, says the NT News.

Peter Fray

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