Minister warns gen Y: beggars can’t be choosy – Jobless young people should re-adjust their ideas about work and take what they can get, the Employment Minister, Mark Arbib, said yesterday – Sydney Sun Herald

Foreign relations

Chinese hack into film festival siteMelbourne Sunday Age


Plot to hit Turnbull at home – Glenn Mjilne writes in the Sydney Sunday Telegraph that the Labor Party has hatched a plan to do a “Maxine McKew” on Malcolm Turnbull in his seat of Wentworth at the next election by searching for a high profile candidate with Green credentials.

Joe Hockey’s Mt Kilimanjaro adventure – Used to tackling difficult terrain of the political kind, Joe Hockey is preparing to climb Africa’s highest mountain. He begins his epic ascent of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania on Friday along with Sunrise television show host David Koch and Paralympian Kelly Cartwright – Sydney Sunday Telegraph


No funds for poor schools – Private schools will receive as much as $2 million each in federal funding to improve their academic results, but some of the state’s neediest public schools will miss out – Sydney Sunday Telegraph


Homeowener grant deadline nears – Property virgins building their first home are running out of time to land the full $21,000 government grant – Sydney Sunday Telegraph

Drop suburb snobbery, Sydney told – Sydney Sun Herald reports that Sydneysiders must lose their suburb snobbery or face ever-increasing housing affordability problems, a leading property forecaster warns.


Anger in Frankston at plan for cheap housingMelbourne Sunday Herald Sun

Law and order

Bad cops to be kicked out fast – Queensland’s Crime and Misconduct Commission will follow last week’s bombshell report by reviewing the police disciplinary system to make it easier to sack officers who shame their badge – Brisbane Snday Mail

Act now, protect our innocent tots – The step-grandfather of a toddler who died while in the care of her mother and step-father says it is time for child killers to be punished – Melbourne Sunday Herald Sun

Cheating alleged in immigration exams – Sydney Sun Herald

Political life

Police pursue fresh probe into Theophanous – Victoria Police last night confirmed that embattled MP Theo Theophanous remained under investigation in relation to the now-dismissed rape case against him – Melbourne Sunday Age

New twist in Theo Theophanous case – A man close to cleared MP Theo Theophanous could face charges over allegations he manufactured evidence. In a strange twist to the dismissed rape case, the man has confirmed that police are investigating him in relation to fake documents – Melbourne Sunday Herald Sun

SA Leader bans Lib swearing – Adelaide Sunday Mail

The Nats are sexist, warns Macdonald – Besieged NSW State Government minister Ian Macdonald has a warning for the women of NSW: a change of government would send you back to the Dark Ages – Sydney Sun Herald

Economic matters

Plan to crash our GST cash – The Territory could lose hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding each year under proposed changes in the way the GST is carved up between the states – Northern Territory News

Brumby to pick up $3bn pokie prize – The auction of Victorian poker machine entitlements next year is set to deliver up to $3 billion to the Brumby Government, sparking accusations of pork barrelling in the lead-up to the November 2010 election – Melbourne Sunday Age


Theophanous saga demands hard questions be answered – Editorial in the Melbourne Sunday Age says: All of which prompts the question: why was the case brought?

Rudd blends politics and economics with eye on election – Michelle Grattan in the Melbourne Sunday Age writes that the need for reform as we come out of tough times is the PM’s pitch for 2010.

Give Tuckey a humane end – Glenn Milne in the Sydney Sunday Telegraph on the role Wilson Tuckey has played in undermining Liberal Party leaders.

Slim chance of action – Boyd Swinburn and Jane Martin write in the Melbourne Sunday Age that a courageous government could make a huge difference to the fight against obesity.

Crucial times just ahead with the recession – Terry McCrann in the Melbourne Sunday Herald Sun asks: Will it be a case of optimism running ahead of reality, or will the reality start to kick in?



Terrorists told: target air flights to and from Australia Sydney Sun Herald

Race Relations

Obama backtracks on race rowMelbourne Sunday Age


Hemp resources sues WA Government for $255mPerth Sunday Times


Turnbull carbon blueprint rejected – The Federal Government rejected Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull’s nine-point amendment plan for its carbon pollution reduction scheme yesterday – Sydney Sun Herald


She’s a knockout: Charlotte Dawson takes boxing title – Charlotte Dawson has beaten all comers to headline the Australian version of boxing reality show The Contender – Sydney Sun Herald


090726brisbanemailSwine flu

Swine flu hills nurse’s son – Gold Coast nurse Rebecca Casey thought swine flu was just a mild bug. Yesterday, as she prepared for the funeral of her son Cameron Todd, she demanded to know why more had not been done to warn the community about just how deadly the disease could be – Brisbane Sunday Mail

Hospital lacks gear to keep swine-flu patients alive – Perth Sunday Times

Victoria: diseased one day, deserted the next – Victoria’s major tourist attractions are suffering the effects of swine flu, with overseas visitors fearful of catching the virus staying away in droves – Melbourne Sunday Age

Consumer affairs

Ripped-off at the bowser by up to 10 cents per litreBrisbane Sunday Mail