Economic matters

Holden thrown a $200 million lifeline – Struggling car maker Holden has received a $200 million lifeline from the Rudd Government as it battles the economic meltdown and an alarming sales slump – Sydney Daily Telegraph

Investors seek $25bn rescue – Hundreds of thousands of investors remain unable to access about $25billion of their savings, which are fully or partially frozen in funds that were locked down at the height of the global financial crisis last year – The Australian

Power bills in Queensland face 50 per cent jumpBrisbane Courier Mail

Recovery comes at a price – The Reserve Bank has broken with tradition and laid out a road map for future interest rate rises indicating it expects to push up its cash rate from 3 per cent to close to 5 per cent over the next two years – Sydney Morning Herald


Libs must resolve problems, says Nelson – Former Liberal leader Brendan Nelson has increased the pressure on the embattled Malcolm Turnbull, saying the party faces serious issues that ”need to be resolved” – Melbourne Age

Della v Sartor, once Rees’s number is up – says Sydney Morning Herald

Cops the secret force in state parliament coup – Supporters of the undeclared John-Della-Bosca-for-premier campaign have seized on an explosive memo attacking Nathan Rees and Finance Minister Joe Tripodi to argue the case for change – Sydney Daily Telegraph

Political lurks and perks

Ratepayers lash out at pay rises as rates skyrocket – Victorian councils are rewarding themselves with huge pay rises of up to $36,500 while lifting rates and battling economic hardship – Melbourne Herald Sun

He’s a hard day’s knight – Ian Macdonald finds the Sir Lunchalot label offensive. But critics within his own camp find him equally so, writes John Huxley in the Sydney Morning Herald

Law and order

Rebel hoons taunt police – A hoon car club has pledged to take to the streets in a show of defiance against police, urging drivers to perform dangerous stunts during a planned city “cruise” – Adelaide Advertiser

Queensland police face new discipline processes – New disciplinary processes for Queensland police could be in place by the end of the year. However, the state’s corruption watchdog and the police service are at odds over whether an overhaul is needed – Brisbane Courier Mail

Victims ignored in plea deals – A long-serving solicitor from the Office of Public Prosecutions has condemned the widespread abuse of the plea bargaining system, warning that defendants accused of violent crimes are negotiating their way out of more serious charges without appropriate consultation with victims – Sydney Morning Herald


Terror probe finds no guns yetMelbourne Age

Where are the guns? In frighteningly easy reachMelbourne Age

Accused terrorist probed over attack – Accused terrorist Wissam Mahmoud Fattal was one of a group of men investigated over a brutal assault on the son of Australia’s highest-ranked Islamic cleric. The mufti’s son was attacked allegedly because his views were too moderate – Melbourne Herald Sun

Call for licence to spy on citizens – The Defence Signals Directorate should be given new powers to spy on Australians at home or overseas to deal with evolving security threats including terrorism and cyber warfare, according to a leading national security expert – The Australian

Muslim women, children ‘too scared’ to leave Melbourne homesMelbourne Herald Sun


Reduce intake of immigrants, MP Kelvin Thomson saysMelbourne Herald Sun

Migration, security linked: MP – The soaring number of migrants coming to Australia threatens to overwhelm authorities’ ability to carry out security checks, a long-serving Labor politician has warned – Melbourne Age


Rudd to assure India on safety – PM meets Indian Foreign Minister – Adelaide Advertiser

Foreign affairs

China’s new film threat – The Chinese Government has threatened to end Melbourne’s 29-year sister-city relationship with the city of Tianjin if Lord Mayor Robert Doyle does not intervene to stop the screening of a film about Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer at the Town Hall today.  Mr Doyle has rejected the Chinese demands – as well as intense pressure from his own councillors to stop the screening of the controversial film – Melbourne Age

Rudd pledges India visit after Cairns meeting – Melbourne Age

Lobbyists and influence

Private place for business to schmooze with premiers – Labor’s lobbyist firm Hawker-Britton has been hosting private Sydney dinners for corporate clients and their guests to meet out-of-town ALP premiers for more than 10 years. The lobbyist firm does not charge its clients extra for the private access to the Labor leaders at plush dinners that is supplied as part of the standard service – Dennis Shanahan in The Australian

Lobbyists write code of conduct to keep cowboys away – Queensland’s beleaguered lobbying industry is starting moves to put in place its own regulation regime in response to the current crisis of confidence in the industry – The Australian

Bligh denies party ordered meetings – Premier Anna Bligh yesterday laughed off suggestions that the Labor Party organisation had ordered the state’s Deputy Premier Paul Lucas to meet with businesses that had paid money to the ALP – The Australian

Coalition wants anti-corruption body – Political obbyists will be banned from receiving ”success fees” and required to declare all dealings with Victorian cabinet ministers if the Coalition wins next year’s state election – Melbourne Age


NT Government appears set to fall – Melbourne Age

No-confidence vote looms for Henderson – The future of the Northern Territory Labor government could be decided within days, with a motion of no confidence in Chief Minister Paul Henderson likely to be brought in parliament next week – The Australian

Seat shake-up may leave Libs languishing – The Coalition’s prospects of winning the next federal election have become harder after the Australian Electoral Commission’s proposed shake-up of NSW electorates left the Liberal Party with two fewer seats – Sydney Morning Herald


Cheshire Cat Costello grins again – Peter Costello, whose grin has been visible all year even when the rest of him has been off soberly applying himself to electorate work, reappeared this week with a copy of his new paperback edition clamped between his smiling jaws. Annabel Crabb in the Sydney Morning Herald

Time to quit shonky politics, Mal – Laurie Oakes in the Sydney Daily Telegraph writes that somehow Malcolm Turnbull has to put the fake email scandal behind him. It won’t be easy but he made a good start on the ABC television program Q & A on Thursday night, his first public appearance since a humiliating news conference.

Rudd’s $2 billion trust in ailing Grech is expensive for Turnbull – Andrew Bolt in the Melbourne Herald Sun asks how on earth did Malcolm Turnbull come to rely on the word of a man who’s since spent a month in a psychiatric hospital, and has wasted away to just 44kg?

Background noise – Shaun Carney writes in the Melbourne Age that ethical issues such as the OzCar affair are rarely at the forefront of voters’ minds, but oppositions still need to keep governments honest.

Liberals in a fine mess – Michelle Grattan writes in the Melbourne Age that Malcolm Turnbull, surrounded by colleagues, is short on the sort of friends a leader needs – those who believe in him.

Inclusion is the key to social harmony – Police Commissioner Simon Overington says we must not tarnish a whole community because of the actions of a few – Melbourne Age

Stimulus could hurt recovery unless wound back faster – Michael Stutchbury writes in The Australian that The Australian economy will recover from the global crisis faster than any of us thought. The Reserve Bank will lead the world in reversing the over-sized interest rate cuts of late last year and early this year. That means the Rudd government’s huge budget stimulus — one of the biggest in the world — also needs to be wound back more aggressively than planned.

Walking wounded – Peter van Onselen in The Australian joins the camp of those who believe Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership, already under sustained pressure from poor opinion polling as a result of his OzCar stumbles, is beginning to look terminal.

Poor, poor pitiful me: battle cry of pollies as they climb the greasy pole – Lisa Pryor on how politicians are particularly fond of claiming battler status – Sydney Morning Herald



Terrorist leader arrested: reports – Noordin Mohammed Top, the man suspected of masterminding a series of terrorist attacks across Indonesia, including the Jakarta hotel bombings last month that killed three Australians, has been arrested, according to reports late last night Sydney Morning Herald


ANZ sacrificing too much for AsiaMelbourne Age

Private investors back Canberra’s $200bn projectsThe Australian


Barnaby Joyce to back new carbon bid – The Queensland Senator has revealed that on Monday he will likely back a new Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme model to be released by the Coalition, which they say will be greener, cost less, give more concessions to coal, exclude agriculture and allow farmers to use their land to make money – Brisbane Courier Mail


Nine flicks the Go! switch and everything fades to blackMelbourne Age

Not happy, Rupert: readers say they won’t pay for online news – Melbourne Age

Radio duo in sin bin to return in a week – The embattled Kyle and Jackie O Show is scheduled to return to the airwaves on August 17 – Sydney Morning Herald



Private schools top the class as results comparedBrisbane Courier Mail reports that today’s inaugural release of NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) data by the Queensland Government, with students’ results from years 3, 5, 7 and 9 chronicled “in a single statewide compilation”, shows state high schools were trounced by their private counterparts.

Liberal to lead review of education industry – The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, will name Bruce Baird as the man to rescue the industry by leading a review into its future, including laws governing student visas. He is the third former Coalition heavyweight to be appointed a Rudd Government troubleshooter after Tim Fischer became ambassador to the Holy See and Robert Hill the Australian Carbon Trust head – Sydney Morning Herald


Abortion accused speaks out – The couple charged with breaching Queensland’s century-old abortion laws, triggering the first prosecution of its kind, have told of how they were firebombed out of their home near Cairns – The Australian

Real estate

‘No need to expand city’s boundary‘ – Melbourne Age

Crack down on real-estate under quotingMelbourne Herald Sun

Darwin house prices now highest in nation – Northern Territory News

Drinking and drugs

Young jobless ‘dead in 10 years’ – A British study shows that in one city, 15 per cent of “Neets” – Not in Education, Employment or Training – died mainly from drinking or drugs within 10 years of falling out of the system – Adelaide Advertiser

Cigarettes will kill you, warns Iraq plan to ban smoking – Melbourne Age