News is what a journalist and an editor decide is news and sometimes they just have no taste. This morning the prejudiced and selfish views of a dairy farmer have been plucked from obscurity to give the Murdoch tabloids an angle with which to attack Australian efforts to get a seat on the UN Security Council. This is such a cheap shot at exploiting xenophobia that I have made it my pick of the morning’s stories.

PICK OF THE MORNING’S STORIES

AUSTRALIA

Rudd wooing Africa while our growers struggleSydney Daily Telegraph

ELSEWHERE

GM board meeting to finalise bankruptcyFinancial Times of London

POLITICS AND ECONOMICS

AUSTRALIA

Budget

Liberals deny cashing in Prime Minister’s handoutsSydney Daily Telegraph

Don’t mock the bereaved, Rudd warns Turnbull – Sydney Morning Herald

Industrial Relations

Unions urge Kevin Rudd to help sacked workersBrisbane Courier Mail

Stay off bench if pay hurts: ex-judge Ian CallinanThe Australian

Union no-confidence vote at Nepean Hospital leads to work to rule in protest against unfilled job vacancies and management structures within the beleaguered Sydney West Area Health Service – Sydney Morning Herald

ACTU seeks new deal on worker entitlementsSydney Morning Herald

Unions seek dole boost in ‘new deal’ Melbourne Age

Foreign affairs

Canberra missed in US diplomatic mixThe Australian

John Howard praises shunned diplomat Hugh BorrowmanThe Australian

Downer a late scratching for plum job – former foreign affairs minister Alexander Downer has withdrawn an application at the last minute for a plum international job amid claims his old department and sections of the Government believed he was ill-suited for the position reports the Sydney Morning Herald

Revealed: payback row snares Papua touristsSydney Morning Herald

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Political life

Victorian Senator Jacinta Collins ‘disbelief’ at no limo to take her home from the airport. Melbourne Herald Sun

Brumby signals end for contentious Labor MP George SeitzMelbourne Age

Economic conditions

Building hot spot in crisis as Queensland blamed for collapse of constructionThe Australian

Reserve Bank warns on debt, inflationSydney Morning Herald

Government will veto ‘buy Australia’ push by unionsMelbourne Age

A hint of strange things

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RBA company in Sudan linkMelbourne AgeOpinion

Kevin Rudd: From Dr Death to cranky pants – Dennis Atkins in the Brisbane Courier Mail describes a peeved Kevin Rudd as a fearsome thing

The devil is in the detail – Michelle Grattan writes in the Melbourne Age of the recession confetti being thrown around by the government as one factor that must give the Opposition cause for worry as it contemplates a complicated political outlook

Samson and Delilah a provocative view of Aboriginal issues says Andrew Bolt turned film reviewer in the Melbourne Herald Sun

Liquid gold less than meets the eye – George Megalogenis in The Australian looks at how much water is actually involved in the purchase of water licences by the Federal Government

We need new US ‘friend ‘– Greg Sheridan writes in The Australian of the kind of person Australia needs as the US Ambassador to Canberra

Age will weary Kevin Rudd, and spin condemn – argues Michael Costa in The Australian

Regulators should be neither bubble poppers nor blowers – says Alan Wood in The Australian

Poll dancing Rudd does his show-and-tell routine – Annabel Crabb in the Sydney Morning Herald

Rudd steers ship back to a closed welfare state – Mark Coulton in the Sydney Morning Herald

ELSEWHERE

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India fury on student bashingsMelbourne Age

Four blasts kill at least 10, hurt over 80 in northwestDawn, Pakistan

Papua New Guinea vow to burn all Asian shopsThe Australian

Most Palestinians want unity govt: Poll – Arab News, Saudi Arabia

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Budget 09: Bill’s big I.O.UNew Zealand Herald

Piracy

Navy warships join fight against piracy – Brisbane Courier Mail

BUSINESS

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China cash to prop up Oz coal ventureChina Daily

Jobs to go at OneSteel WhyallaAdelaide Advertiser

Rio Tinto’s Korea iron ore win pushes ChinaThe Australian

Sales slide at an end, says MyerSydney Morning Herald

ENVIRONMENT

Kevin Rudd’s $300m ‘phantom’ buyback sparks new row with statesThe Australian

NSW snaps freeze on water buybacksThe Australian

River deal leaves NSW splutteringSydney Morning Herald

Obama administration supports a timeout on road building in national forestsLos Angeles Times

Toyota boosts operation hours at popular hybrid Prius factoriesMainichi Daily, Japan

Chinese Premier: China ready to cooperate with U.S. in coping with climate changeThe People’s Daily, China

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Pipistrelle mini-bats facing extinctionSydney Daily Telegraph

Premier Anna Bligh’s backflip on water managementBrisbane Courier Mail

Noosa two-headed fish scare widensBrisbane Courier Mail

Every breath they take: the science of watching whales being watchedSydney Morning Herald

MEDIA

Jones unruffled as PM lets the bird flySydney Morning Herald

LIFE

Swine flu

090529townsvillebulletinpanicDisease upsurge put doctors under pressureAdelaide Advertiser

Swine flu luxury limboTownsville Bulletin

Hotels evicting swine flu victimsSydney Daily Telegraph

Tamiflu rushed south as Victoria pig flu toll soarsMelbourne Herald Sun

CSL could be first in world to make pig flu vaccineMelbourne Herald Sun

Canberra has announced plans to immunise almost half the population against swine fluThe Australian

Health officials order swine vaccine for millionsSydney Morning Herald

Pets

New twist in Mitcham Council cat debateAdelaide Advertiser

Homelessness

Alpha Accommodation – where police fear to tread – Only five minutes’ drive from the mansions of Bridgeman Downs in Brisbane’s outer north sits a tiny, poverty-stricken community which has a reputation for being one of the city’s most dangerous places reports the Courier Mail.

Families living on the edgeBrisbane Courier Mail

No place to stay – Homeless shelters turn many away – Brisbane Courier Mail

Police move-on powers attacked – Move-on powers are under fire for forcing homeless people out of areas close to vital services says the Brisbane Courier Mail

Crime and violence

Stabbing victims lash out at growing knife cultureMelbourne Herald Sun

Drugs

Plans to fine South Australian teenage smokers $315Adelaide Advertiser

AFL’s dirty dozen – The Melbourne Herald Sun reports the AFL’s latest drug testing data reveals seven players will play out the season on their last chance with illicit drugs. A record number of 1220 tests by the AFL in the 12 months from February 2008 also revealed 12 failed tests involving 10 players.

Sport

Manly feud claims top lobbyist – When the politics at Manly become too bitter for a politician, even one who has negotiated, like Kerry Sibraa, the power plays in the ALP and confronted Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe, it’s a bloody battle at Brookvale. – Sydney Morning Herald

Peter Fray

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