PICK OF THE MORNING’S STORIES

AUSTRALIA

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Julia Gillard in restaurant penalties backflipThe Australian

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090530ageDoctors urge authorities to go to the next stage – Melbourne Age

ELSEWHERE

Indian growth unexpectedly strongBBC

POLITICS AND ECONOMICS

AUSTRALIA

Budget

Rudd rules out changes to super access ageMelbourne Age

PM rules out age change on superThe Australian

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Millionaires legally getting up to six bonus paymentsAdelaide Advertiser

Global borrowing crisis hits cash-strapped QueenslandBrisbane Courier Mail

Taxation

Land tax trap: Thousands could be wrongly billed after home owners wrongly chargedMelbourne Herald Sun

Foreign Policy

Obama pressures Rudd over Gitmo inmatesSydney Morning Herald

India summons Australia envoy over attacks, PMs speakAdelaide Advertiser

Damir Dokic trial begins in SerbiaSydney Daily Telegraph

Political life

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The secret striptease life of Tina SangerSydney Daily Telegraph

PM drops in on brickiesNorthern Territory News

Rudd staff run ragged in 80-hour weeksMelbourne Age

MP makes allowances for life’s hard road to travelThe Australian

Ex-CEO avoids jail for child porn – A former ACTU research officer and ALP policy committee president who pleaded guilty to possessing and accessing more than 4000 images and videos of child pornography has avoided an immediate jail sentence. – Melbourne Age

Peter Beattie, our man in Los Angeles, hits targetsBrisbane Courier Mail

Dorothy Pratt seeks new rules for politicians’ electorate allowancesBrisbane Courier Mail

Industrial Relations

Julia Gillard in restaurant penalties backflip – The Workplace Relations Minister has directed the Australian Industrial Relations Commission to treat restaurants, cafes and catering businesses separately from hotels as part of its overhaul of the nation’s industrial awards. – The Australian

Unions back compulsory disclosure of wage dataThe Australian

Wage gap between men and women is at last narrowingSydney Daily Telegraph

Gambling

Victorian Government keeps lid on deal to expand casinoMelbourne Age

Local Government

Loss of planning power earns councils’ ireSydney Morning Herald

Adelaide City Council chief rebukes development review panelAdelaide Advertiser

Minister Karen Struthers canes Mt Isa Mayor over housing for homelessBrisbane Courier Mail

A hint of strange things

New claims over Fitzgibbons’ trip – Associates of controversial businesswoman Helen Liu claim Chinese intelligence services asked them to cultivate a relationship with Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon and his father after they were flown first-class to China in 1993. – Melbourne Age and the Sydney Morning Herald

Madden facing no-confidence motion over the Brimbank Council scandal – Melbourne Age

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Opinion

Rudd and Swan right on the money with stimulus packages – Ross Gittins in the Melbourne Age

Crossing the line – Political debate has descended into taunts and tantrums and we only have ourselves to blame writes Shaun Carney in the Melbourne Age

We could have a friend in Indonesia – Daniel Flitton in the Melbourne Age believes our northern neighbour has changed and it’s already paying dividends.

Hard hats on for the next campaign – Annabel Crabb in the Sydney Morning Herald

No longer scared of Gough – Laurie Oakes writes in the Sydney Daily Telegraph that unfortunately for Malcolm Turnbull – and fortunately for Kevin Rudd – most Australian voters remember little about the Whitlam government.

Bad case of moaners going overboard – Miranda Devine looks at flu in the Sydney Morning Herald

Our car industry has seen the future and it looks like Toyota – writes Peter Hartcher in the Sydney Morning Herald

Tailored awards a must – Michael Stutchbury in The Australian on Julia Gillard’s program to reregulate the labour market

Union leaders sing old class-war songs – editorial in The Australian

Early election to end disillusion – Peter van Onselen in The Australian speculates about the impact on Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal Party of a double dissolution

Obama’s new way – Paul Kelly in The Australian  talks with Martin Indyk, former US ambassador to Israel, about Obama’s Middle East regional game plan.

ELSEWHERE

Rudd steps in as tensions rise over attacks on studentsMelbourne Age

Poll reveals Labour heading for election humiliationThe Times, London

BUSINESS

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US alleges cartel behaviour at CSLMelbourne Age

King tide – the financial crisis is wreaking havoc on Gold Coast property and businesses, with a second wave predicted – Sydney Morning Herald

Wake-up call: Sol’s successor changes the ring toneThe Australian

Packer confident of his Macau gambleThe Australian

ENVIRONMENT

Vic bows to pressure on water trade – Victoria and the Commonwealth Government were close to agreement last night over a partial lifting of a water trading barrier which, until yesterday afternoon, had threatened to bring down the Federal Government’s reform plans for the river. – Melbourne Age

NSW may join court challenge to Victorian water cap – the Prime Minister’s plan to save the Murray-Darling river system is in tatters because no state is willing to make water available for sale. The NSW Government may join South Australia’s High Court challenge, aimed at forcing Victoria into selling more of its water. – Sydney Morning Herald

Canberra brokers water deal with Victorian GovernmentThe Australian

Flooding Lower Lakes with sea water will be a disasterAdelaide Advertiser

MEDIA

Future of newspapers is digital: Murdoch – and they’ll have to start charging for internet content – Melbourne Age

Murdoch outlines vision for digital newspaper deliveryThe Australian

Rudd Government blacklist hacker monitors police – An Australian activist whose internet site is under federal police investigation for publishing the Rudd Government’s secret blacklist of banned websites has warned police that their investigation could be illegal and leave them open to prosecution. – The Australian

Steady As He Goes – Familiarity Bred Delight in Leno’s 17-Year Run on ‘The Tonight Show’ – Washington Post

LIFE

Swine Flu

Millions for flu studies as count tops 200Sydney Morning Herald

Doctors urge authorities to go to the next stageMelbourne Age

Using chicken eggs in mad scramble for swine flu vaccineThe Australian

Virus a bother, but not a beastThe Australian

Self-quarantine ordered but hundreds to be let looseThe Australian

Disease upsurge put South Australian doctors under pressureAdelaide Advertiser

Quarantined passengers moved as swine flu spreadsSydney Daily Telegraph

090530heraldsunVictoria takes extreme precautions as pig flu tightens its grip – Melbourne Herald Sun

Racial vilification

Gallen call-up brings game into disrepute – Peter Fitzsimmons in the Sydney Morning Herald asks how rugby league can they even think of having a man wear the state or national jersey if he has been fined for racially vilifying an opponent?

Pets

Cat-food irradiation banned as pet theory provedSydney Morning Herald

Sexuality

Bike pants dress code for school dances to ward off sex Brisbane Courier Mail