090613australian1Medical response in chaos in swine flu pandemicThe Australian

Two Victorian men with swine flu fighting for their livesMelbourne Herald Sun

Gossip and mistrust replace progress at Bonn as campaigners fear the US will settle for deal with China – The Guardian, UK



Economic matters

Rebuilding our economy – George Megalogenis takes an in depth look

Call for probe into schools stimulus – Opposition education spokesman Christopher Pyne yesterday referred the program to the Commonwealth Auditor-General, describing it as a “chaotic mess” – Melbourne Age

Schools infrastructure fund under fire – The Australian

Rules bent as ‘facelift’ funds spent on laptops – The Australian

Asian investors play house in Sydney – Australia’s mansions and mines are catching the attention of cashed-up foreign investors – particularly from Asia – Sydney Morning Herald

Health to get $15 billion in NSW Budget – Sydney Daily Telegraph

State Treasurer prepares his second Budget, a grim task – Brisbane Courier Mail

Interest rates

CBA rate rise selfish, says SwanMelbourne Age

CBA rate rise threatens recovery, says Swan – Sydney Morning Herald

Markets rule out rate cut by Reserve Bank – Melbourne Age


Greedy bank grab threatens property market – Melbourne Herald Sun

Commonwealth Bank of Australia rate hike hits recovery, says Kevin Rudd – The Australian

Higher interest rates recession dodger – Michael Stutchbury puts the CBA decision into a more sympathetic perspective – The Australian

A hint of strange things

Global watchdog wants bank to ‘come clean’ – corruption watchdog Transparency International wants the Reserve Bank of Australia to “come clean” about large payments made by its subsidiaries to foreign middlemen – Melbourne Age

Madden defies factional push – Victorian Planning Minister says he intends to stay an upper house member – Melbourne Age


Costello’s intent still inscrutableMelbourne Age

Is Kevin the new Barry McKenzie? – Annabel Crabb in the Sydney Morning Herald

Battle for the wooden spoon – Nathan Rees is holding power through a dearth of talent and opportunity, writes Andrew Clennell in the Sydney Morning Herald

Sartor launches bid with attack on Premier – Sydney Daily Telegraph

Industrial relations

Pharmacists asked to swallow bitter pay pill – a deal being pushed by the Pharmacy Guild is looked at by the Sydney Morning Herald

Anna Bligh at war with unions over public sector wages cutBrisbane Courier Mail

Political life

How sexism, stigma and scandal destroyed my political career: Paula WriedtThe Australian

Racial relations

Australia’s image marred in IndiaThe Australian

Harris Park – the town where race collides – Sydney Daily Telegraph


Only a leading man will do for the Kooyong set – Michelle Grattan in the Melbourne Age looks at the Liberal pre-selection for the seat of Kooyong

Wind of recession is still blowing in our direction – wrns Ross Gittins in the Melbourne Age

If the stars align – Attaining political leadership is an inexact science — it’s a matter of being the right person, at the right time and having a bit of luck. is the opinion of Shaun Carney in the Melbourne Age

Just who in heaven’s name is Kevin Rudd? – Tony Wright goes searching in the Melbourne Age

Joel Fitzgibbon tells of his death by a thousand cuts – Peter Hartcher gives the details in the Sydney Morning Herald

Fix it, don’t break it – is Paul Kelly’s advice on what should be done to the financial system – The Australian

Too much spin will make voters sick – Lenore Taylor in The Australian describes political spin as being a bit like make-up, it works best when no one notices it.

Watch out for partisan manoeuvres – Peter van Onselen warns that the appointment of Joseph Ludwig as Special Minister of State makes it more likely that Labor will descend into partisan advantage when it comes to entitlements, an area for which the special minister is directly responsible – The Australian

Lot of hot air – fair dinkum – Laurie Oakes in the Melbourne Sun and the other News tabloids writes that Kevin Rudd talks as though he really thinks there is a chance the Coalition will cave in and pass his emissions trading scheme legislation through the Senate. Maybe Malcolm Turnbull should spell out the Liberal Party attitude in language the Prime Minister can understand. “Stick your head up a dead bear’s bum, Kev.”



Iran election rivals both declare victory – BBC News



U.S. Economy: Consumer Sentiment, Import Prices RiseBloomberg

Minister warns on energy leases – use oil leases or lose them is the warning – Melbourne Age

Rudd gets tough on delays to oil and gas development – Sydney Morning Herald

Telstra split is needed: ACCC – Melbourne Age


US says it will not demand binding carbon cuts from ChinaThe Guardian, UK

Gossip and mistrust replace progress at Bonn as campaigners fear the US will settle for deal with China
Despite the hardened scientific view since Kyoto, the deal at Copenhagen risks being another messy compromise –
The Guardian, UK


Greenhouse pledges way too low: UN – Melbourne Age

Climate progress raises pressure for 15pc cut – The Australian

Scientists warn of gaps in ice monitoring – Melbourne Age

Journey to a hostile climate – why people aren’t acting on climate change – Melbourne Age

Beachfront residents on own against sea rise – owners of beachfront homes will get little protection or compensation from the State Government if their properties are threatened by rising sea levels caused by climate change or coastal erosion, under a plan in the course of being developed – Sydney Morning Herald


Crikey: Education yarn takes a turn for the bizarreThe Australian

Internet free ride soon over is the prediction of one US website owner – Melbourne Age

National Times set for online relaunch – The website will replace the opinion section on news sites including and will feature the best of Fairfax’s opinion writing, commentary and analysis, coupled with guest commentaries from politicians, academics and other public figures, the publisher said in a statement – Melbourne Age

Government retains media buyer of Howard years – Universal McCann keeps the job – Melbourne Age

Free TV demands controls on internet output – The Australian


Swine Flu

Cancel mass events to contain flu: WHOMelbourne Age

Swine flu controls to stay despite rising tally – Sydney Morning Herald

Medical response in chaos in swine flu pandemic – The Australian

Two Victorian men with swine flu fighting for their lives – Melbourne Herald Sun


Anti-abortion group barred from schools – Sydney Morning Herald


Pill press ban planned as drug war hots up – Brisbane Courier Mail


Big parking fines fund footpaths – Fines to hit $500 – Brisbane Courier Mail