Political life

Rudd gears cabinet for jobs pollThe Australian


Arbib says it’s all about jobs, jobs, jobs – new Minister on what his job entails – The Australian

Arbib to be Labor’s man on the jobsSydney Morning Herald


Defence industry tsar Combet will command $100bn budget – the elevation of Greg Combet into Kevin Rudd’s ministerial line-up means Australia’s defence industry will have its first dedicated minister in the past 25 years. – The Australian


Bligh stares down ALP on $15bn sell-offBrisbane Courier Mail on the Queensland ALP Conference

Racial hatred


Bashings undermine image blitz – Further attacks on Indian students in Melbourne have undermined a public relations blitz to defend Australia’s reputation as a safe place to study. – Melbourne Age


Student plan unfair, says CoalitionMelbourne Age says Coalition will propose amendments to the Federal Government’s controversial overhaul of student income support so people who took gap years to become eligible for payments will still qualify.


Suffering from a blast from the past – Daniel Flitton in the Melbourne Age writes that whether the attacks are merely opportunistic, as Victorian police chief Simon Overland maintains, or the work of bigots deliberately targeting Indian students, the outcome is the same: the image of Australia is taking a hammering on the world stage.

New blood and more protection for the PM – Glenn Milne in The Australian sees a ise and rise reshuffle of the baby faced political killers: Arbib, Bowen, Clare and Combet.

Kevin’s class of 07 gets early leg-up – Lenore Taylor on the Cabinet reshuffle in The Australian

PM goes to extremes in playing Mr Tough Guy – Hugh Mackay in the Sydney Morning Herald

President Rudd’s holiday reading – Phillip Coorey reports in the Sydney Morning Herald on some research on attitudes to Australia becoming a republic




In Iran, disparate, powerful forces ally against AhmadinejadLos Angeles Times

Would Hezbollah win in Lebanon election lead to war with Israel? – Zvi Barel writing in Haaretz

Unity set to hold in Lebanon pollsMelbourne Age

European elections: Brown faces leadership battle amid Labour meltdown and BNP success; • BNP’s Nick Griffin elected to EU parliament; • Labour share of national vote could slump to just 16% – The Guardian

Gordon Brown readies for European election drubbingLondon Times


Chairman resists call to dump Rio bossThe Australian


Crikey’s simply, seriously credible – Crikey editor Jonathan Green writes in the media section of The Australian and because he authorises the weekly cheqaue I thought I’d better plug it

New health lobbyists gain in strength and the advertising industry is struggling to keep pace – The Australian


Fielding back from Washington with list for WongThe Australian



090608advertiserbubblySocceroos into World Cup finalsAdelaide Advertiser

Verbeek and his Socceroos prove up to the test – Socceroo boss Pim Verbeek was not seen cracking open a champagne bottle, nor was he seen belting out the national anthem. But there was no mistaking his pride and happiness after his team took the point it needed to ensure World Cup qualification – Melbourne Age

Swine flu

Expert: hospitals missing true extent of swine flu infectionLondon Times

Six Brisbane Broncos Origin stars quarantined in swine flu scare – Fox Sports


Gongs for fashionista, battler, teacherThe Australian on the Queen’s Birthday honours list