The journalists might faithfully report question time from the House of Representives as if it is the important part of politics but the real action is very much upstairs in the Senate. The Ruddbank legislation defeated earlier in the week is now being joined in difficulties by the Government’s building trade union proposal and plans for emissions trading.


China hits at BHP-Rio iron ore deal – Chen Yanhai, head of the raw material department of China’s ministry of industry and information technology, told state media the proposed joint venture “has an obvious colour of monopoly” and should be subject to the country’s anti-monopoly laws. Financial Times of London




State of NSW propped up by gambling – NSW Government income from poker machines is on the rise again – Sydney Daily Telegraph

Super bill for NSW public servants up by $14bSydney Morning Herald

$290m revelation: NSW accounts to show detail of indigenous spending – Sydney Morning Herald

$1.5b investment to reduce Brisbane’s congestion – Brisbane Courier Mail

Payments stimulate business optimism – Sydney Morning Herald

$1.4bn wasted on cancelled SeaspriteThe Australian on the long-awaited final report by the Australian National Audit Office in to the Defence Department’s botched acquisition of the Super Seasprite helicopter

Defence officials kept faults from minister: auditSydney Morning Herald

Economic matters

New housing boom set to go through the roofSydney Morning Herald

Freedom of information

Rees overhauls FoI lawsSydney Morning Herald


Fire sale warning over ‘Ruddbank’ – developers face a “fire sale” of office buildings and apartments following the rejection of a Government scheme to plug the gap if overseas lenders pull out of major projects – Melbourne Age



Teachers call for revision as Julia Gillard refuses demand for building rethinkThe Australian

It’s a bungle out there, says Berwick principal Henry Grossek – The Australian

Political life


Madden: I want to lead Labor – Victorian Minister moving to lower houseMelbourne Age

Political death

Time ticks for Marty – Senior SA Liberals are openly discussing dumping Opposition Leader Martin Hamilton-Smith as the party reels from the backlash of the dodgy documents affair – Adelaide Advertiser

Corners cut in sacking of MP Tony Stewart – NSW Attorney-General is believed to have informed Premier Nathan Rees that his office may have “cut corners” when it sacked former minister Tony Stewart for allegedly touching a staffer- Sydney Daily Telegraph

NSW Minister Linda Burney sues government hospital over husband’s death – Sydney Daily Telegraph

Industrial relations

Coalition to thwart building watchdog billThe Australian


Unionists may kill ALP golden goose – Nick Dyrenfurth in The Australian on the conflict between Labor’s political and industrial wings

Let Telstra get on with what it does best – Kenneth Davidson in the Melbourne Age writes of the Luddites in charge of telecommunications policy.

Building industry bill strikes the right regulatory balance – writes Breen Creighton in the Melbourne Age

Poodle’s bark is worse than his bite – Annabel Crabb in the Sydney Morning Herald considers a Christopher Pyne parliamentary performance

Costello not hungry enough or mean – Costello finally gave up his dream of being PM because he judged the Libs can’t win the next election, even under him writes Andrew Bolt in the Brisbane Courier Mail

The best and the greatest – Terry McCrann gives his verdict on Peter Costello as a Treasurer in the Melbourne Herald Sun



Live: confusion and fear in IranThe London Times

More than 100,000 join defiant silent protest in TehranThe London Times

Bleak view from within the terrified city of Tehran turning on itself – John Lyons in The Australian


Don’t pin hopes on change in Tehran – writes Greg Sheridan in The Australian


China hits at BHP-Rio iron ore deal – Chen Yanhai, head of the raw material department of China’s ministry of industry and information technology, told state media the proposed joint venture “has an obvious colour of monopoly” and should be subject to the country’s anti-monopoly laws. Financial Times of London


Myer department store sees confidence risingMelbourne Herald Sun

CSR to unlock value with $1bn sugar spin-offThe Australian

Storm Financial clouds threaten Commonwealth Bank of AustraliaThe Australian

CBA sorry about Storm, offers help – Sydney Morning Herald

CBA backs down over Storm loans – repayments suspended as the bank admits it made mistakes in the way it lent money to customers involved with the failed financial adviser – Sydney Daily Telegraph

British Airways asks staff to work for freeMelbourne Age


Labor’s plan to thwart delay to climate billSydney Morning Herald


A woman’s voice joins the chorus in the AFL commentator’s boxMelbourne Age

Broom sweeps through Channel Nine Brisbane as news reader Bruce Paige quitsSydney Daily Telegraph



Same-sex couples coy on revealing status to CentrelinkMelbourne Herald Sun

Let me marry the man I love’ – SA Labor MP tells the Adelaide Advertiser


Money is on rats to help fight gambling addictionSydney Morning Herald

Racial relations

Australian bosses are racist when it’s time to hireMelbourne Age


Triple blow for scheme investors – Investors who lost millions in the corporate collapses of managed investment schemes Timbercorp and Great Southern face a final indignity – a bill for millions of dollars from the Australian Taxation Office – Melbourne Age

Swine flu

Swine flu measures scaled back as infection fears diminishSydney Morning Herald

Swine drug ‘wasted on mild virus’ – Melbourne Age


RMIT snared in Singapore degree scamMelbourne Age


Go-ahead for urban expansion – Melbourne’s urban area will be allowed to grow another 41,000 hectares to accommodate an extra 415,000 people – Melbourne Age

Death knell sounds for Victorian outer suburban ‘Castles’ – Government claims land for new road and rail links – Melbourne Herald Sun


Royal family at AscotLondon Daily Telegraph photo shows Her Majestyon Day One at the Royal horse race meeting in a yellow hat. Would she wear that colour again on Ladies’ Day or have we found a false favourite?


Law and order

Moran suspect slipped police netMelbourne Age


Fadi Ibrahim out of his coma and speaking about that nightSydney Daily Telegraph

Molester free while angry dad faces jail – a Queensland father who bashed a man caught molesting his 10-year-old son is facing a prison sentence, while the boy’s attacker walks free reports the Brisbane Courier Mail

Toughest new laws for bikiesThe Australian reports on WA plans

Call to ban pill presses – Brisbane Courier Mail

Hoon cars to be destroyed – Adelaide Advertiser