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Rudd gears cabinet for jobs poll – The 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 jobs – Sydney 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-off – Brisbane Courier Mail on the Queensland ALP Conference
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 Coalition – Melbourne 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.
University offers protest degrees – Sydney University’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies offered students a six-week “Peace and Activism Training Course” culminating in a trip to Queensland next month to disrupt Exercise Talisman Sabre reports the Sydney Daily Telegraph
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 Ahmadinejad – Los Angeles Times
Would Hezbollah win in Lebanon election lead to war with Israel? – Zvi Barel writing in Haaretz
Unity set to hold in Lebanon polls – Melbourne Age
Gordon Brown readies for European election drubbing – London Times
Chairman resists call to dump Rio boss – The Australian
Backlash fear over Rio deal – Treasurer Wayne Swan yesterday reaffirmed the importance of Chinese investment in Australia. Concerns are intensifying that Rio Tinto’s scrapping of its deal with Chinalco could have negative fallout for local miners. – Melbourne Herald Sun
Fielding back from Washington with list for Wong – The Australian
Socceroos into World Cup finals – Adelaide 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
Expert: hospitals missing true extent of swine flu infection – London Times
Swin flu quarantine is just not necessary – Sydney Daily Telegraph
Gongs for fashionista, battler, teacher – The Australian on the Queen’s Birthday honours list