THE PICK OF THE MORNING’S STORIES

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POLITICS AND ECONOMICS

AUSTRALIA

Promotions

Greg Combet wins in Rudd reshuffleSydney Sunday Telegraph

Rudd reshuffles front benchAdelaide Sunday Mail

Rudd opts for new blood in reshuffleMelbourne Sunday Age

Kevin Rudd reshuffles key ministers – new spots for Queensland Senator Joe Ludwig and Rankin MP Craig Emerson – Brisbane Sunday Mail

Demotions

Jan McLucas quits the front benchBrisbane Sunday Mail reports on the now former parliamentary secretary for health and ageing, who stepped down following revelations by The Sunday Mail that she was living in Canberra but claiming a travel allowance, saying her home base was Cairns.

Privatisation

Anna Bligh to make her stand for Queensland privatisationBrisbane Sunday Mail

Industrial relations

Unions intervene in $3 billion desal tenderMelbourne Sunday Age

Political life

Julia Gillard at ease in the hot seat – Ellen Whinett has coffee at Altona with the Deputy Prime Minister for a Sunday Herald Sun profile.

A hint of strange things

David Koch wife saw Tina Sanger ‘incident‘ – Sydney Sunday Telegraph report of the dinner that led to a political sacking with a TV star’s wife believing a minister was dismissed unfairly.

MPs join fight to save the ranks as axed minister – The Premier has been accused of sacking Tony Stewart from cabinet for political expediency reports the Sydney Sun Herald

Hospitals

Libs plan boost for Women’s and Children’s HospitalAdelaide Sunday Mail

Wait for it: NSW surgery list now even longerSydney Sun Herald

Opinion

Cold hostilities in Canberra – Glenn Milne in the Sydney Sunday Telegraph explores the uhappy recent relationship between Defence Ministers and the Defence Department

Ethics of getting away with it – Piers Akermann in the Sydney Sunday Telegraph sees the appointment and then dismissal of Joel Fitzgibbon as reflecting badly on the judgment of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

State’s losing hand – Melissa Fyfe in the Melbourne Sunday Age writes that the Victorian Government is trying to keep its disastrous deal with Crown a secret.

Indians passive by nature? Don’t add insult to injury writes Guy Rundle in the Sunday Melbourne Age

ELSEWHERE

Britain

Gordon Brown supporters warn rebels against leadership challenge – Fresh assault on prime minister expected after European election results – London Daily Telegraph

Man and teenage son held after ricin found – White supremacist fears as police discover deadly poison in anti-terrorist raid at house in Burnopfield, County Durham – London Times

BUSINESS

Premier Colin Barnett’s China visit to heal China snubPerth Sunday Times

Colin Barnett labelled a control freak after gagging ministers on the Rio Tinto – BHP Billiton iron ore deal – Perth Sunday Times

Crown hits jackpot with new tax dealMelbourne Sunday Age

MEDIA

090606dailyteleHow Jodi ended up in the bedroom of the bikie was topping the tabloid most read lists overnight.

And there’s nothing like a connection with a media baron’s son to keep it there.

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ENVIRONMENT

Giant feral pigs close to PerthPerth Sunday Times

Youth speak out on climate change goalsSydney Sun Herald

LIFE

Drugs

Crackdown on festival alcohol salesBrisbane Sunday Mail reports on Queensland plans to ban full strength beer and bottles of wine from sale at many major Queensland festivals from next month under new guidelines being drafted to target binge-drinking.

Policing

Tasers shunned in police revamp – Victoria’s 11,000 cops will be retrained to follow new rules of engagement in a bid to prevent police shootings – Melbourne Sunday Herald Sun

Elite shock teams – critical incident response teams will be boosted under sweeping police reforms sqays the Melbourne Sunday Herald Sun

Bureaucrat bashing

Fat cats play and you pay – Melbourne Sunday Herald Sun does a beat up on study and sports leave given to state public servants

Child protectiion and family law

Calls for overhaul of family law system – child welfare campaigners have called for an overhaul of the family law system, citing statistics they claim show courts have forced children to spend time with abusive or violent parents, reports the Melbourne Sunday Herald Sun

Children at risk left to fend for themselvesMelbourne Sunday Age

Swine flu

Two more swine flu cases in WA, Scotch College student ill – Perth Sunday Times

Mental health

Mental care failing more patientsMelbourne Sunday Age

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