Indian anger boils overMelbourne Age




Political life

Kevin Rudd has a ‘nasty’ streak but he is still king – The Sydney Daily Telegraph reports on a Galaxy Research poll showing Labor with a comfortable lead while Kevin Rudd continues to be perceived as the best leader although the poll suggests his recent behaviour may have removed some of the gloss

Poll result clears Kevin Rudd to call snap electionAdelaide Advertiser


Rees’s poll defiance: don’t write me offSydney Morning Herald

Economic policy

Rate unlikely to fall as recession becomes official – The Australian

Reserve won’t cut despite shrinkage of GDPThe Australian

On brink of recession, economists say: Pain won’t last longThe Australian

NSW burden drags nation deeper into strife – Sydney Morning Herald

Pay rise delay to save Rees budgetSydney Morning Herald


Refugee to PM: Please help usMelbourne Herald Sun

Australia may take Chinese detainees – a request by the US for Australia to take Chinese Uighurs being held at the Guantanamo Bay prison involves a smaller number of prisoners than in previous requests and is being considered by immigration and security officials, the Foreign Minister, Stephen Smith, ais reported in the Sydney Morning Herald as saying.

Property market

Strong sales spark hopes for housing reboundThe Australian

Industrial relations

Unions press for demands to be metThe Australian

Sectors queue for award protectionThe Australian

Crean risks union ire with free-trade defenceThe Australian

Unions launch campaign to slash executives’ salariesMelbourne Age

A hint of strange things

Union chief attacks ‘tainted’ Brumby GovernmentMelbourne Age

Aboriginal affairs

Alternative anthem’s creator sings against bitter injusticeSydney Morning Herald


Left, right, now together – Katharine Murphy in the Melbourne Age looks at the modern Labor factionalism system

Seems it’s a recession, technically – says Michelle Grattan in the Melbourne Age

Libs should dust off Ergas’s review – Glenn Milne, The Australian

After the stimulus package, Rudd has no ammo leftwrites David Uren in The Australian

Turnbull’s debt bluster is failing to pass muster – concludes Malcolm Farr in the Sydney Daily Telegraph

Rudd fights his way down the boulevard of broken dreams – writes Ross Gittins in the Sydney Morning Herald

Strike one for free trade but showdown looms – Phillip Coorey in the Sydney Morning Herald


Racial hatred

090601telcalcuttaAttacked student sounds Australia warningThe Telegraph, Calcutta reports thatAmitabh Bachchan has decided to turn down an honorary doctorate from a Brisbane university in the wake of attacks on Indian students in Australia, and has asked his fans to tell him if they agreed with his decision. The actor was to receive the honorary doctorate from Queensland University of Technology in July for his contribution to entertainment. A retrospective of his films was also scheduled to be screened in Brisbane on the occasion.


Kill claim in racism stormMelbourne Herald Sun

US Politics


Ad called for Obama assassination – Sydney Daily Telegraph


No privacy and no power – there’s no way I’d be an MP – Minette Marin in the London Sunday Times


Bond vigilantes set for rebellion against the West’s wasteful waysLondon Daily Telegraph


Super funds grab share bargainsThe Australian

It’s the equity sale of all time – Adele Ferguson in The Australian


Leaders called to special climate talksThe Independent on Sunday, London

Weird snake pops up after a centuryNorthern Territory News

Seeing red over logging in land of rare parrotSydney Morning Herald

Turnbull tips carbon trading in JanuaryMelbourne Age


Why are they trying to gag a top British science writer? – When chiropractors drag a top science writer into the libel courts, the country has lost its backbone writes Nick Cohen in the Sunday Observer, London.

Power shifts to papers in web warThe Australian

090601thepunch1New current affairs site packs some punch – The Australian



JD Salinger considers legal action to stop The Catcher in the Rye sequel – Agents for Jerome David “JD” Salinger, the famously reclusive and litigious author, are consulting lawyers about the publication in Britain next month of an unauthorised sequel to “The Catcher in the Rye” – London Daily Telegraph


Heroin spike in Sydney puts medics on high alertSydney Daily Telegraph

Simpsons ‘may prompt’ smokingMelbourne Age

Swine Flu

Swine flu tally passes 250Adelaide Advertiser

Swine flu fears for Sydney child Sydney Daily Telegraph

Young swine flu victim in Cairns bulliedBrisbane Courier Mail

Alert level to riseMelbourne Herald Sun

Swine flu strategy shifts into ‘sustain’ phase – Melbourne Age


Our bullying shame – Bullying peaks in primary school, in year 5, but continues well into high school, according to Australia’s largest study of the problem – Melbourne Herald Sun


Crush and load: life on a peak-hour trainSydney Morning Herald