090814globeandmailFraser River’s salmon stocks ‘beyond a crisis’ The mysterious collapse of the B.C. sockeye run has dashed hopes raised just weeks ago of a good return this year. Between 10.6 million and 13 million sockeye were expected to return to the Fraser this summer. But the official count is now just 1.7 million. Where the nine to 11 million missing fish went remains a mystery – Toronto Globe & Mail





Public service

Chiefs go in public sector purge – Kevin Rudd has finally moved to put his own stamp on the leadership of the public service, appointing five new departmental secretaries including new heads of defence, foreign affairs and finance – The Australian

Stimulus architects get their desserts – Finance Department secretary Ian Watt, promoted to run Defence, and David Tune, who will take over from Dr Watt at the Finance Department, were promoted because they had impressed the Prime Minister with their work on the government’s budgets and economic stimulus packages – The Australian

Former diplomat secures top job – Hugh Borrowman’s former post as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s top official in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet was yesterday filled by Patrick Suckling, a man who spent 15 years working up the DFAT ladder – The Australian

Howard’s people out as Rudd makes markMelbourne Age

Senior heads roll in shake-up at top of public serviceSydney Morning Herald

Double dissolution

Wong holds line on ETS laws – The Rudd government has vowed to take the fight for its emissions trading scheme to the brink of a double-dissolution election after failing to win the vote of a single non-government senator for the centrepiece climate change policy in its 2007 victory – The Australian

Time bomb for Turnbull – The Federal Government will reintroduce its bill to establish an emissions trading scheme before Christmas, forcing the Coalition to either support it then or risk fighting an early election on climate change – Sydney Morning Herald

Economic matters

More than $6bn of crisis funds unspent – About $6.3 billion, or 30 per cent of Kevin Rudd’s stimulus payments, is still sitting in consumers’ bank accounts and could help to prop up retail spending in the second half of the year – The Australian

Federal-state relations

Gulf widens as NSW Treasurer lashes rival statesSydney Morning Herald

Industrial relations

Pay rises skipping female workersSydney Morning Herald


Shonky schools face reckoning: Baird – The $15.5 billion-a-year international education industry is likely to shrink as shonky operators face their ”day of reckoning”, says the head of a Federal Government review of its future – Sydney Morning Herald

Aboriginal affairs

Indigenous housing dreams shattered again – A dispute has arisen over a decision to not build any new houses in the remote Northern Territory township of Tennant Creek under a $672 million federal government indigenous housing plan – The Australian

Political life

Heffernan in hot water – Liberal senator Bill Heffernan created a further headache for his friend and leader, Malcolm Turnbull, when Senator Heffernan was forced to defend comments made to gay rights activists and a rude gesture in the Senate chamber – Melbourne Age



Gerry Woo-d by Labor – Chief Minister Paul Henderson will survive D-Day and remain in power with king maker independent Gerry Wood to throw his support behind the Labor Government today – Northern Territory News

Right-wing hardmen too soft to save Rees – Powerful Labor insiders say Nathan Rees is “hopelessly exposed” because his two biggest supporters are struggling to retain their own influence within the party’s NSW parliamentary wing – Sydney Daily Telegraph


Ruthless Rudd sets Turnbull’s clock ticking – Dennis Shanahan in The Australian says that while the Prime Minister has been acting from a ruthless position of political strength and policy unity in bringing forth his emissions trading scheme to put a higher cost on carbon, and therefore use price to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the Liberal leader has been operating from a position of leadership weakness and policy division.

Politics at play but it’s time for consensus on climate – argues Michael Stutchbury in The Australian

Coalition needs to get in on action – Rudd government has just failed to implement one of its most important election promises but it is the Coalition that is feeling the pressure. That’s the fate of weak oppositions – Lenore Taylor in The Australian

Going head to head with the Pushmi-pullyu – Annabel Crabb in the Sydney Morning Herald on a parliamentary day

Turnbull’s day of reckoning just around the corner – writes Peter Hartcher in the Sydney Morning Herald

Corruption watchdog for federal MPs long overdue – Greens Leader Bob Brown writes in the Sydney Morning Herald that the current political culture in Australia decrees that if you hand a minister $10,000 in a paper bag marked ”for you” in return for a talk about your business plans, it is a bribe. But if you hand the $10,000 to a party official to sit next to the minister at dinner and discuss your business plans, that is OK. It is a sham. Democracy is being eroded by money.

Law of war hides from rule of law – Richard Ackland in the Sydney Morning Herald writes that it’s nice that the great lumping discussion paper on freshening up security laws, the 60th birthday of the Geneva Conventions and a new round of official finger-wagging about plea bargaining have all arrived on our doorstep at the same thrilling moment.

Still far from pulling ‘trigger’ – Michelle Grattan in the Melbourne Age warns us that the ETS debate might seem to have gone on for ever, but there is a lot more of this story to run.

Liberals finally stand up for the leader they have to have – Michelle Grattan in the Melbourne Age says Malcolm Turnbull’s small wins fail to mask his ongoing problems.

Freedoms are losing out to fear – Nicola McGarrity writes in the Melbourne Age that proposed changes to anti-terrorism laws fail to find a balance between human rights and protecting citizens.

Malcolm Turnbull finds it isn’t easy being green – Dennis Atkins in the Brisbane Courier Mail


Economic matters

Recession over for Germany, FranceThe Australian


B&B directors breached duties: says report – Babcock & Brown directors may have breached their duties and the corporations law by operating the investment bank while it was insolvent, and failing to get shareholder approval for a $40 million loan to controversial broker Tricom Equities – The Australian

New-look Telstra back on track – writes John Durie in The Australian



White whale Migaloo back in Far North – Migaloo might have a tumour but that did not stop him reaching the tropics, with the beloved white whale surfacing yesterday near Port Douglas. Not seen since 2007, Migaloo – bigger than a truck and iridescent white – made his annual migration north past Cairns unnoticed – Cairns Post

Ministers could split energy bill – Renewable energy plans, including subsidies for domestic solar panels, could be in place much earlier than expected because the Rudd government is considering altering its climate change plans in the Senate – The Australian

Blowing hard in unchanging clime – Tony Wright in The Melbourne Age on the continuing debate

Farmers seek level playing field for exports – Australia’s rural woman of the year, Victorian dairy farmer Roma Britnell, believes the Rudd government’s proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme would spell disaster for Australian dairy farmers and drastically undercut their ability to compete in an international export market, even if agriculture were not included under the scheme – The Australian

Krill may give seal of approval to new fishery – Puzzling over what drives a pregnant fur seal to cross the Southern Ocean in winter has led to new evidence of the critical role of krill in Antarctica, just as a fishery in the crustacean looks likely to take off – Sydney Morning Herald

Questions over Game Council contract tender – The State Government is under pressure to undertake a full audit of the Game Council after revelations that it awarded a key tender to a company its chairman had run for 10 years – Sydney Morning Herald

Shooters’ claim goes to ACCC – Conservation groups have complained to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission about the Game Council of NSW, saying it is using false advertising – Sydney Morning Herald

Developers, miners attack heritage laws – Mining and development groups have condemned proposed fines of up to $1.1 million for destroying indigenous heritage in NSW, saying the new laws are unfair, will hold up development and could mean innocent company directors would be prosecuted – Sydney Morning Herald


The Weekend Australian delivers strong circulation rise – Average circulation of The Weekend Australian increased by 2.1 per cent compared with the same time last year to 307,390 copies, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Sales of the Monday-to-Friday edition were almost unchanged at 135,831 copies – The Australian

ConsMedia’s price rises on rumours of Kerry Stokes bid The Australian

Stay-at-homes boost Foxtel numbersSydney Daily Telegraph


Boat people

Scores of new asylum seekers detectedMelbourne Age

Animal welfare

Gate shut on cage eggs as Woolworths cuts brands – The days of the caged egg are numbered as one of the country’s largest retailers signals a revolutionary shift away from an industry struggling to shed perceptions of cruelty – Adelaide Advertiser