Premier’s polling to silence his rivals – Nathan Rees and senior Labor Party officials were last night desperately trying to head off a challenge to the NSW Premier by revealing they had used damning internal polling to ”kill off” leadership contenders. – Sydney Morning Herald

Turnbull has a rare win in a burst of MP loyalty – Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull has strengthened his leadership authority with two significant party room victories – Melbourne Age

O’Farrell pushed to dump ageing team – NSW Opposition Leader is being pressured by sections of the Liberal Party to bring about generational change in his ageing team before the state election in signs the Liberal leader is set to face pre-election revolt in his ranks – Sydney Morning Herald

Hendo told to give it up – Some senior Labor Party members are urging Chief Minister Paul Henderson to relinquish power to the CLP – Northern Territory News

Political lurks and perks

MPs’ rorts scandal revealed – An audit of 144 MPs and senators from NSW, Victoria and Queensland found that a “high proportion” had breached entitlement guidelines, using the allowance to bombard constituents with blatantly partisan material – Sydney Daily Telegraph

Economic matters

Confidence up as economic prospects rise – Yhe economic forecasts in the May budget were too pessimistic and will have to be revised higher as the government’s stimulus spending drives a revival in manufacturing and construction industries –  The Australian


Lotteries deal puts heat on O’Farrell – The State Government has won the support of newsagents for the sale of NSW Lotteries after the Government agreed to protect their position to sell tickets. The Opposition will now be under pressure to back down and support the legislation after saying previously it would block the $500 million sale – Sydney Morning Herald

Law and order

Review of plea bargain system puts focus on rights of victimsSydney Morning Herald

Public service

Exiting Defence boss a tip for ASIS – The Department of Defence is about to undergo another leadership shake-up, with the expected departure of Nick Warner from its top civilian post. Mr Warner is tipped to leave Defence soon to become head of ASIS with Finance Department head Ian Watt, 58, top of the short list to succeed him.

China and Rio Tinto

Chinese to escalate Hu case – Imprisoned Australian Rio Tinto executive Stern Hu is expected to have been officially arrested by today, when further details of the accusations against him will be made public, although he may not be charged with any offences until as late as next May – The Australian

Second visit for Rio’s Hu – Detained Rio Tinto executive Stern Hu is reported to be in good health. Australian consular officials have paid him a second visit, more than five weeks after he and three colleagues were arrested in China – Melbourne Age

Foreign policy

Defy China: Uighur leaderMelbourne Age

Aboriginal affairs

NT in a ‘political calamity‘ – The post-colonial mindset among Darwin public servants did not allow them to grasp the changing complexities of delivering services to remote Aboriginal communities, causing a breakdown in the basic workings of government – The Australian

Labor rebel considers cabinet post with opposition – Former Northern Territory government minister Alison Anderson has ruled out suggestions she could return to Labor but left open the option of accepting a cabinet post with the opposition – The Australian

Yunupingu loses faith in intervention – Arnhem Land leader Galarrwuy Yunupingu has withdrawn his support for the federal government’s intervention into remote Aboriginal communities and condemned what he labelled as the federal and Northern Territory governments’ joint inability to deliver Aboriginal housing – The Australian

Tiwi Islanders feel short-changed on housing package The Australian

Industrial relations

Australia Post workers prepare to strikeSydney Morning Herald

Half of business have cut staff hours to avoid losses – Sydney Morning Herald


Liberals win Pembroke by-election – in Tasmania, providing a pre-state election fillip for the Opposition – The Australian

Pollies axed from government ads – MPs, including Premier Mike Rann and his ministers, will be banned from appearing in government television and radio advertisements. This will include road safety campaigns, water conservation messages and advertisements tackling climate change, health issues or anti-smoking – Adelaide Advertiser


Save energy to help industry – Ross Gittins in the Sydney Morning Herald tries to explain aspects of the Government’s carbon reduction scheme.

Lights dim in house of unharnessed hot air – Annabel Crabb in the Sydney Morning Herlad sees the Frontier Economics plan just remains hanging in the air while the Prime Minister mixes some metaphors

Turnbull tactics on emissions only delay the inevitable – Peter Hartcher in the Sydney Morning Herald on how the Coalition will split asunder on the emissions trading legislation: the Liberal Party will support it, and the National Party will oppose it.

Staying out of the economy stops cronyism – Peter Costello in the Melbourne Age says Government should stick to what it knows best and that’s not business.

A message to pollies: just do it – Shaun Carney in the Melbourne Age says people are tired of talk on climate change. They want action, but neither major party is delivering the goods.

Only global action can cut cost of climate pain – Malcolm Turnbull is trying to save the Liberal Party from itself writes Paul Kelly in The Australian


Economic matters

China pulls back on bank-credit throttle – Chinese policy makers are tightening the credit taps to avoid banking problems, asset bubbles and inflation, amid the first signs of deceleration in the resurgent economy – Sydney Morning Herald


Burma’s is still a story of freedom denied – Gary Woodard writes that Suu Kyi’s light sentence may open the door to negotiation with the junta.


Watchdog chases chickens – Heir to the prominent Sydney chicken breeding and horse racing empire, Ben Ingham, is among those named in queries from the corporate regulator as part of an investigation into share-trading activities – Melbourne Age


Party room pulls together on climate – Malcolm Turnbull has gained the support of the majority of his party room to keep alive the prospect of negotiating a deal with the Government in order to avoid an early election on climate change – Sydney Morning Herald

Pollution pays off for billionaire – The Sydney Morning Herald examines who wins what under compensation plans accompanying carbon trading and finds a big beneficiary from Hong Kong.


A mad Mal v Kerry the Red – Word around the traps yesterday was that Monday night’s televisual barney between Kerry O’Brien and Malcolm Turnbull during their interview on ABC TV’s 7.30 Report didn’t end when the cameras switched off – Sydney Morning Herald


Racial relations

090812townsvilleraceRacial slurs at local footy match – Racial abuse was hurled at indigenous players during a disgusting display at a local rugby league match in North Queensland Townsville Bulletin

Sexual abuse

Priest calls for sex-case reviewMelbourne Age


Torture OK with many, poll finds – The attitudes of Australians to war and the laws that govern it were surveyed in a poll by the Australian Red Cross to mark the 60th anniversary today of the 1949 Geneva Conventions. Some of the results from the June poll of 1030 Australians have disturbed the Red Cross and humanitarian lawyers – Melbourne Age

The drink

Top Cop Calls to revise .05 limit to .02 SMelbounre Age

The Irish

Ned Kelly on list of Irish achievers – The diverse list is of the top 100 Irish-Australians, compiled by the Irish Echo to mark its 20th anniversary today – Melbourne Age

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