Sunday, 22 November 2009

Media wrap - The Premier and the barmaid




Defiant Turnbull to face climate backlash – Malcolm Turnbull is preparing to stare down more than a dozen Liberal Party opponents who are threatening to destroy his leadership over his backing of Kevin Rudd's proposed climate-change laws. A defiant Mr Turnbull may strike a deal with the Government on its emissions trading scheme as early as tonight, setting up a spectacular showdown between Liberal heavyweights over the next few days – Sydney Sunday Telegraph

Don't trade emissions for unity, Turnbull told – Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull has been warned to stop championing an emissions trading scheme to avoid a damaging rift in the Liberal Party. Senior MPs say the party must unite and can do so only if support for the scheme is scrapped – Sydney Sun Herald

Libs warn Turnbull: carbon plan risks split – Malcolm Turnbull has been warned by colleagues to reject the Government's emissions trading legislation to avoid a ''damaging rupture in the Coalition'', amid speculation his leadership may not survive the year – Melbourne Age

Political life

More revealed in Rann 'affair' – Premier Mike Rann's political future faces trial by TV tonight over explosive claims he repeatedly had sex with a married woman in Parliament House – Adelaide Sunday Mail

My affair with the Premier – The Premier, the barmaid, her ex-husband and allegations of sexual trysts that now threaten to detonate an unblemished political career have worked Adelaide's political circles into a lather for weeks – Sydney Sunday Telegraph

Barmaid's romp claims rock Rann – A former barmaid said she was ''intimate'' with South Australian Premier Mike Rann while parked beside a golf course, reigniting a political crisis for the leader who has denied having a sexual relationship with the woman. Sydney Sun Herald

Hazem invites PM to dinner - The recently retired Bulldogs winger is waiting on a reply from the PM for the charity night, at which  a new print run of his book, El Magic - The Life of Hazem El Masri, will be unveiled. "I've invited him to the night, but we're just waiting for his reply. I appreciate he's a busy man and this time of year is busy for everyone, but I'm really hoping he can make it.'' – Sydney Sunday Telegraph

Loyalty cost me the treasury job – Labor MPs and officials desperate to be rid of Nathan Rees offered Joe Tripodi ''anything'' he wanted in return for his support to dump the Premier, the sacked minister has revealed. The right-wing warrior said offers came thick and fast in the past three months but he never contemplated turning away from the man he had backed into the top job – Sydney Sun Herald


Islander work scheme bears no fruit – A plan to bring Pacific Islanders to work on Australian fruit farms has stalled, as red tape entangles a scheme initially hailed as a ''win-win'' for labour-starved growers and struggling island nations – Melbourne Sunday Age

Sri Lanka to Free War-Displaced Tamils From Camps - An senior Sri Lankan official says all ethnic-minority Tamil detainees will be freed from government camps Dec. 1 – New York Times


Brumby soaring high: poll – Labor’s dominance of Victorian politics appears unassailable one year from the next state election, with an exclusive opinion poll showing the Government could pick up another seven seats, decimating the Opposition – Melbourne Sunday Age

Looking for 1.2 million voters - The Australian Electoral Commission has launched a nationwide search for as many as 13,000 Tasmanians who are missing from the electoral roll. Nationally more than 1.2 million people are missing from the commission's books- Sunday Tasmanian

It's time for what? - Despite it being compulsory, only 82 per cent of young Australians aged 17 to 25 will enrol to vote, compared with 95 per cent of older generations. ''The fact is, the younger you are, the less likely you are to be on the electoral roll,'' said Electoral Commissioner Ed Killesteyn – Melbourne Sunday Age


Taskforce to tackle ER shame – Alarming photos showing overcrowding in emergency departments reveal patients are being forced to lie in waiting rooms, under television sets, in front of phone boxes and in entrance ways. Some patients are even discharging themselves on busy nights as they are waiting too long to be treated, a Sunday Mail investigation has found. A new Government taskforce will meet for the first time this week in a bid to address the overcrowding problem – Adelaide Sunday Mail

WA patient waits 60 hours - two and a half days - for a bed – A patient in a WA emergency department endured an incredible wait for a hospital bed exceeding 60 hours, a nationwide study has revealed – Perth Sunday Times


Scientology targets young kids -  The NSW Government has warned principals about a Church of Scientology attempt to infiltrate primary schools with propaganda videos and booklets aimed at Year 6 students – Sydney Sunday Telegraph

Law and order

LNP opposes anti-bikie laws – After meeting bikie representatives last week, the Liberal National Party has indicated it will oppose key elements of the State Government's anti-bikie laws – Brisbane Sunday Mail


Minister has grocery giants in his sights – Developers could be given greater scope to open more supermarkets in suburban areas of Sydney to break the dominance of Coles and Woolworths, under changes being pushed by the Rudd Government – Sydney Sun Herald


Turnbull nears his destiny – Glenn Milne writes that it’s hard to see any way out of this for Malcolm Turnbull that isn't going to end badly-Sydney Sunday Telegraph

Tune in to a political thriller – The explosive cocktail of alleged sex, lies and TV videotape is unfolding in a political drama that's come out of left field faster than a man wielding a copy of Winestate magazine – Adelaide Sunday Mail

Between the censor and the headline falls the truth – John Tebbutt writes in the Melbourne Age that sensational reporting and censorship are distorting the public view of terrorism.

Rudd also has his party-poopers - The Prime Minister and Malcolm Turnbull have more in common than they may care to admit – both are facing disquiet from their own ranks writes Paul Daley in the Melbourne Age

Buckle up for an elections roller-coaster ride – Michelle Grattan writes in the Sydney Sun Herald that it seems only yesterday that we welcomed a Labor Government but the countdown for the next round has already begun. erHHe


The man who played Myer - David Bonderman, renowned as the "King of Buyouts'', has left the Australian Taxation Office scratching its head - and mum-and-dad investors shaking their heads, wondering where their cash went – Sydney Sunday Telegraph

Shares set to explode – Fortune favours the brave - brave stockmarket forecasters that is, such as Macquarie Bank and Citigroup. Researchers at both brokerages have issued forecasts for the Australian stockmarket in the year ahead and - snap! - both come up with an estimated gain of about 20 per cent – Melbourne Sunday Age


Hacked E-Mail Is New Fodder for Climate Dispute - Hundreds of private e-mail messages and documents hacked from a computer server at a British university are causing a stir among global warming skeptics, who say they show that climate scientists conspired to overstate the case for a human influence on climate change – New York Times

Unprepared for inferno – Homes destroyed in the blaze on Tasmania's East Coast were grossly under-prepared, the fire service says. Tasmania Fire Service district officer Mark Dobson said one of the three properties destroyed had not been maintained by its interstate owner for as long as five years – Sunday Tasmanian


TV's year of surprise successes – It was the year of the surprise hit. Television's biggest shows - featuring amateur cooks and old-fashioned daggy variety - came out of left field – Sydney Sunday Telegraph

New Leaders in Japan Seek to End Cozy Ties to Press Clubs - Japan’s new government is challenging one of the nation’s most powerful interest groups, the press clubs, a century-old, cartel-like arrangement in which reporters from major news media outlets are stationed inside government offices and enjoy close, constant access to officials. The system has long been criticized as antidemocratic by both foreign and Japanese analysts, who charge that it has produced a relatively spineless press that feels more accountable to its official sources than to the public – New York Times

Teachers warned off online Facebook contact with students – Teachers would be banned from contacting students on social-networking websites like Facebook or Myspace under proposed changes to their code of ethics. The move comes after the WA College of Teaching disciplinary committee reprimanded about 10 teachers in the past year for inappropriate cyber interaction with students – Perth Sunday Times


Land title

Law in no man's land – Fears about the accuracy of Tasmania's land title system have sparked calls for an urgent overhaul. The Law Society of Tasmania has launched an inquiry into the system, saying loopholes and past mistakes have left landowners, solicitors and conveyancers vulnerable – Sunday Tasmanian

Law and order

Don't let brutal killer walk – Police privately want the Territory Government to make a last-ditch attempt to stop a murderer being freed. John Bakewell, 47, who was transferred from Darwin prison to SA in 2005 to be near his dying father, is expected to be released early next year. The final decision will be made by the SA's Labor Government – Sunday Territorian

Train security boost – Commuters on Adelaide's train network will be under unprecedented scrutiny as TransAdelaide boosts security under a $37 million upgrade – Adelaide Sunday Mail

The drink

Schoolies on mission to drink – Laden with hundreds of dollars worth of spirits, wine and beer, revelling teens made no secret of the fact they wanted to party at the Gold Coast yesterday, despite repeated pleas from authorities to leave the booze at home – Brisbane Sunday Mail

The drugs

Diggers addicted to cocaine, heroin and other hard drugs – Diggers are using cocaine, heroin and other hard drugs while on tours of duty in Afghanistan and are returning home as addicts. Freedom of Information figures reveal hundreds of soldiers, sailors and airmen have tested positive to a string of illegal drugs since Australian troops were sent to Afghanistan and Iraq – Brisbane Courier Mail


Kids used as pedophile targets – Bureaucrats have labelled children "targets" in an explosive document, which shows how Victorian children are being deliberately exposed to pedophiles.  The document, a checklist, is designed to record the responses of intellectually disabled sex offenders as they are taken on escorted outings in Melbourne's inner northern suburban shopping centres and supermarkets – Melbourne Sunday Herald Sun


Internet makes divorce process easier for Family Court – More than 400 Australian couples have applied for divorce with the click of a mouse since e-divorce was introduced two months ago. E-filing gives web access to cases before the Family Court of Australia, the Federal Court of Australia and the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia – but while it makes paperwork easier, especially for those who don't want to engage a solicitor, government officials are quick to add that the e-filing system isn't encouraging divorce – Brisbane Sunday Mail


Councils scratch heads as owners flout cat registrationQueensland councils are at odds over whether to get tough on enforcing cat registration as thousands of cat owners thumb their noses at new registration laws. New figures reveal Logan is one of the worst performing areas for cat registration, with only 1542 cats out of more than 50,000 being registered with the council since the state laws came into force on July 1 in southeast QueenslandBrisbane Sunday Mail

Sunday trading

Retail giants fight regions for right to trade seven days – A retail war is raging in the shops and main streets of small-town Queensland. Supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths have launched a legion of legal applications to overturn long-standing Sunday trading bans across the state – Brisbane Sunday Mail

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