Poor Kim Beazley can’t put a foot right, with this morning’s Australian
reporting that support for the Labor leader has slumped to his lowest
level in the seven years he’s spent as opposition leader, with only 18%
of voters preferring Beazley over Howard as preferred PM. The Newspoll
results come after Beazley met Crean yesterday, promising to reform the
fledgling Labor Party.

Unsurprisingly, Communications Minister Helen Coonan says that changes to media ownership laws won’t necessarily mean less diversity, reports the SMH.
And an Australian-born RAF officer who has refused to return to Iraq
will face a pre-trial hearing in the UK that will test whether or not
the invasion of Iraq was legal.

Communications Minister Helen Coonan will roll out her proposed changes
to Australia’s cross-media, data-casting and digital television laws
today, reports The Age.
A thorn in the government’s side is rogue Nationals senator Barnaby
Joyce, who warned the government that the changes must preserve
diversity of media opinion, especially in the bush.

This morning’s Courier-Mail reports that the parents of three children
killed by a train on the weekend say they are, in fact, good parents,
even though the children were reportedly walking on the railway track
because they had no money for public transport.

A blunder over estimated usage of the M5 tunnel means The RTA may now
owe up to $14 million to the tunnel operators, reports the Daily Telegraph.

“Sex storm as official accused of assault.” Well, it’s hardly a storm,
but a Games official is being questioned over the assault of a 16 year old who was cleaning his room, reports The Hez.

A disgruntled punter who gambled away $200,000 at Darwin’s SkyCity
casino has appeared in court after threatening to strap a bomb to
himself and blow up the casino, reports this morning’s NT News.

And almost one third of Tasmania’s state politicians do not live alongside the people they have been elected to represent, says The Mercury this morning. Anyone really surprised? Apparently someone in Tasmania is.

Disrupted learning in the ACT this morning, with most morning classes
in Canberra public schools expected to be banned as a result of an
industrial dispute. The Canberra Times
says that some teachers are very reluctant to implement the
federal government’s new A to E reports cards, among other things.

Parking inspectors in Adelaide used yesterday’s public holiday to raise revenue, reports The Advertiser.

The West Australian
reports on the growing list of people calling for the sacking of Police and Justice Minister Jon D’Orazio.

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