Teacher push to get rid of Anna Bligh – Queensland teachers are attempting to gather cross-factional support to roll Anna Bligh amid widening anger in the party over the Government’s woes. The Queensland Teachers Union yesterday sent an email to its members revealing it planned to pressure Labor MPs to dump Ms Bligh as leader – Brisbane Courier Mail


Kelly O’Dwyer secures preselection for Peter Costello’s seat of Higgins – The banking executive, who formerly advised Mr Costello when he was Federal Treasurer, defeated the business man Andrew Abercrombie 222 votes to 112 in a vote of party members – Melbourne Herald Sun

Political life

Tony Stewart scandal heats up as Tina Sanger breaks her silence – The former Rees Government staffer, whose claim ALP MP Tony Stewart touched her leg and verbally abused her at a Garvan Institute function led to his dumping as a minister, says she was not ashamed of her former days as a men’s club dancer. Rather it was her time working as a government staffer that had sullied her – Sydney Daily Telegraph

Jobs for boys

Beazley, Nelson rewarded – In Kevin Rudd’s latest, and most spectacular, example of bipartisanship, Dr Brendan Nelson will become ambassador to the European Communities, based in Brussels, where his job will include representing the Government’s climate views. In a double announcement, Kim Beazley – like Dr Nelson, a former opposition leader and former defence minister – becomes ambassador to Washington – Melbourne Age

Economic matters

RBA makes $9b despite slump – The Reserve Bank has made a record profit of almost $9 billion in the midst of the global recession – and will deliver a financial windfall to the Federal Government that will help bring down the Budget deficit – The West Australian

RBA’s $6 billion gift to Swan – The global financial crisis has delivered the Rudd Government an unprecedented windfall in the form of massive Reserve Bank profits that will slash billions from the budget deficit – Melbourne Age

After the panic, $4bn is hoarded – Households are still hoarding $4 billion in cash that was pulled out of the banks in September and October last year, during what the Reserve Bank has revealed was a panic run – The Australian


Alarm over five asylum boats in 14 days – Sydney Morning Herald


Australian icons left out of citizenship test – The Federal Government yesterday released the revised citizenship test resource book, “Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond” – Sydney Daily Telegraph

Billiards blackballed by law ‘n’ order – The ‘Australiana Quiz” that asked for knowledge on The Don has been dumped for a citizenship test focusing on democracy and the rule of law. Using Citizenship Day to release sample questions, Immigration Minister Chris Evans said the aim was not to block people from becoming Australian, but to examine their understanding of values – Melbourne Age

Aboriginal affairs

Aboriginal funds ‘poor value for taxpayers’ – The WA Auditor-General should investigate the amount of money being spent on Aboriginal affairs and its effectiveness in delivering results for indigenous people, a new report has recommended – The West Australian

McGurk murder

Tragedy revisited for sons of murdered fruiterer – The sons of murdered fruiterer Joseph Logozzo have been contacted by police as the family’s former 40ha property was caught up in the McGurk affair – Sydney Daily Telegraph

McGurk police seize guns from ex-boxer – Police investigating the murder of the standover man Michael McGurk have seized weapons from the Chipping Norton home of the former boxer Lucky Gattellari. Mr Gattellari was recently appointed a director to a number of companies of the property developer Ron Medich – Sydney Morning Herald


Food producers, Victorian Transport Association fear port tax will hurt families – The State Government’s new “freight-access charge” would slap fees on trucks entering the Port of Melbourne, from as early as next year – Melbourne Herald Sun

Town planning

Adelaide plan ‘misses the point’ – South Australian economist Richard Blandy has criticised the State Government’s 30-year plan, saying it is not convincing, full of errors and should be changed – Adelaide Advertiser

Justice system

We can do more to end gang violence – One of Premier Mike Rann’s key advisers suggests juvenile justice, child protection and Aboriginal affairs can be better handled by community-based organisations – Adelaide Advertiser

Privacy laws

Fielding introduces bill in memory of Britt Lapthorne -Family F irst senator Steve Fielding has used the first anniversary of the disappearance of backpacker Britt Lapthorne to introduce a bill he says would help the families of Australians who go missing overseas – Melbourne Age

Industrial relations

Coalition vows to maintain IR safety netThe Australian


High jinks hijack naughty Opposition – Sue Dunlevy in the Sydney Daily Telegraph writes that the Opposition this last fortnight resembled an out-of-control high school maths class during last period on Friday.

Grog blame lies with us – Rebecca Wilson writes in the Melbourne Herald Sun writes how young males binge after a game of footy on Saturday, just like their dads did. Young women are different. Their drinking habits have changed so dramatically in three generations that 18-year-old females now regularly out-drink their male counterparts.

Terminations with prejudice – Richard Ackland writes in the Sydney Morning Herald that Tegan Leach, 19, and her boyfriend, Sergie Brennan, 21, said they had no idea they were committing a crime. “Neither did I,” he writes, “which shows how far from the real world I live.”

PM cuts and runs in NT – Tony Abbott writes in The Australian that the Labor Party never really supported the Northern Territory intervention and now the Rudd government has killed it. The replacement in March of Dave Chalmers as the operational commander with a Canberra-based bureaucrat was a sign of bad faith.

PM shows deftness in diplomatic posts – Dennis Shanahan in The Australian



Terror kingpin Noordin shot dead – Indonesia’s most wanted man, terrorist leader Noordin Mohamad Top, has been killed in a lengthy police siege, the nation’s police chief said yesterday. Noordin was shot dead by police in an exchange of gunfire shortly before an explosion ripped through a hideout on the outskirts of Solo, in Central Java – Melbourne Age

Bali mastermind Noordin Top killed in Indonesian raidThe Australian

What’s in an “h”?


Red-letter day for WhanganuiThe Dominion Post, NZ

Law and order

Federal police work on plan for PNG return – The Australian Federal Police could be back in Papua New Guinea in large numbers next year, under a new program to help Australia’s near neighbour tackle its law and order problems – Melbourne Age


Call to ban foreign entities from buying strategic Australian assets – Despite growing unrest over the takeover of mining assets by companies controlled by the Chinese Government, a parliamentary inquiry into the issue has recommended no major changes to Australia’s foreign investment regime. But an unusual alliance, the Nationals senator Barnaby Joyce, the Greens senator Scott Ludlam and the independent senator Nick Xenophon issued a stinging dissenting report urging the Government to ban foreign government-controlled entities from buying ”strategic” Australian assets – Sydney Morning Herald

Telstra’s monopoly meant mediocrity for consumers – Rodney Tiffen in the Sydney Morning Herald


‘Tens of thousands’ of animals in oil spill firing line – The number of animal species in the path of the Timor Sea oil spill is larger than previously thought, according to WWF-Australia. WWF-Australia conservation director Gilly Llewellyn said the spill was an environmental threat, despite being about 150km off the coast. “We need to shatter the myth that an oil spill only affects marine wildlife when it washes up on our beaches,” she said – The West Australian


090918dailyteleWrath of God is TV’s next big hit – The hit series Underbelly is among shows under fire from a major Christian group demanding tougher rules on sex and violence on TV – Sydney Daily Telegraph

At Fairfax, it’s OK, now you can mention the war – Elizabeth Knight writes in the Melbourne Age that the most remarkable aspect to the extraordinary outburst by John B. Fairfax against the chairman of Fairfax, Ron Walker, yesterday is that the simmering split between the two factions of the company did not erupt earlier.

Fairfax Media chairman Ron Walker savaged by family foes – John B. Fairfax has launched a scathing attack on Fairfax Media chairman Ron Walker, seeking to oust him from the company’s board – Brisbane Courier Mail

Chaser chief Julian Morrow for the Olle lecture The Australian


Health and hospitals

Scanner vital for region’s patients – Townsville Health Service District chief executive Mary Bonner said 500 patients a year from the Townsville Health Service District were being flown south for PET scans – Townsville Bulletin

New controversy over RAH tender – A senior health bureaucrat who worked on early plans for the new Royal Adelaide Hospital is now an executive director at one of three consortiums bidding for the tender – Adelaide Advertiser

090918advertiserGPs, chemists rort Medicare of millions – Unscrupulous doctors and pharmacists have been caught out pocketing cash for phony treatments and drugs prescribed to dead people. The scams are among dozens employed by health professionals stealing millions from taxpayers each year – Adelaide Advertiser

Private doctors cash in on obesity surgery – The number of operations to treat obesity has doubled in just two years to more than 4000 in NSW, Medicare statistics show – Sydney Morning Herald


Australian population to swell to 35 million by mid-century – Treasurer Wayne Swan will today provide a glimpse into the future when he reveals key details from the much-anticipated third Intergenerational Report – Brisbane Courier Mail

Population to now hit 35 million by 2049 The Australian


Send kids to school or lose handouts, Logan parents warned – Parents who do not ensure their children attend one of 30 schools on Brisbane’s urban fringe will face the tough-love policy to be announced today by Federal Families Minister Jenny Macklin and Premier Anna Bligh – Brisbane Courier Mail


Alleged victim of sexual abuse took out restraining order against father – The alleged victim of 30 years of horrific sexual abuse took a restraining order out against her father in 2007, two years before he was eventually charged. In the same year state authorities pursued the woman to pay for damages to a house she fled to escape her alleged attacker – Melbourne Herald Sun

Investigation ordered on incest case – Victoria’s Child Safety Commissioner will investigate how the case of a Latrobe Valley man who allegedly repeatedly raped his daughter over 30 years, fathering four children, went undetected for so long – Melbourne Age

The punt

Government snubs its gaming advice body – A hand-picked State Government body on responsible gambling has been snubbed in a Government decision to allow Crown Casino fully automated table games as part of a major casino expansion deal – Melbourne Age


City councillor to review park cycling fines – A Melbourne City councillor will move to review the council’s policy of fining riders who cycle through city parks $250 – Melbourne Age

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