Friday, 26 March 2010

Media wrap



She's politically lite, but we love Kristina Keneally - Kristina Keneally is now officially the most popular political leader in the country with a personal standing greater than Kevin Rudd, and with more than two-thirds of voters claiming to like her -Sydney Daily Telegraph

Invisible man Barry O'Farrell loses to pretty Premier Kristina Keneally- The Sydney Daily Telegraph does a vox pop-Sydney Daily Telegraph

Tony Abbott won't change fitness regimen- Fitness fanatic Tony Abbott has defended his gruelling exercise regime amid calls for the Opposition Leader to take a breather from his action man routine - Brisbane ourier Mail

Political life

Turnbull's return to frontbench a step too far Tony Abbott- About 4.30pm yesterday, Tony Abbott knocked back Malcolm Turnbull's offer to return to the opposition frontbench as finance spokesman to replace the populist Barnaby Joyce .Having taken a brave and correct decision to replace Joyce, Abbott decided the recall of Turnbull was too great a risk - The Australian

Barnaby Joyce ousted for steady Andrew Robb in Coalition reshuffle- Tony Abbott has eliminated the risk of election-campaign economic gaffes from Barnaby Joyce, dumping the maverick Queenslander as opposition finance spokesman to bolster the Coalition's financial credentials and sharpen its attack on wasteful government spending - The Australian

Barnaby Joyce lashes out at colleagues after being dumped from finance - Outspoken but gaffe-prone Queensland Senator Barnaby Joyce has lashed out at colleagues for white-anting him after he was forced to give up his prized finance portfolio - Brisbane Courier Mail

Barnaby Joyce loses finance spokesman role in Tony Abbott reshuffle - Abbott has bowed to pressure from the Federal Government and from within his own ranks, demoting Barnaby Joyce from the high-profile job of finance spokesman - Melbourne Herald Sun 

Stimulus projects

Classrooms in for work no one wants- A primary school's $954,000 covered outdoor learning area has become the state's first education revolution construction project to be scrapped for its outrageous cost - Sydney Daily Telegraph


Fraser hits back over Ferguson's QR privatisation 'disaster' claims- The unprecedented rift between Queensland Treasurer Andrew Fraser and federal Resources Minister Martin Ferguson over Queensland Rail deepened yesterday - Brisbane Courier Mail


Fourth asylum-seeker boat intercepted in a week- The Federal Government is refusing to admit Christmas Island is being swamped after another asylum-seeker boat was intercepted yesterday - Melbourne Herald Sun

Economic matters

Labor razor gang to target adverts- Millions of dollars will be slashed from the government advertising budget under the first executive order signed by the new Rann Government - Adelaide Advertiser


Ruthless response to reckless ramblings- Malcolm Farr in the Sydney Daily Telegraph writes that honest, plain speaking Barnaby had been too honest and plain speaking for Tony Abbott's liking.

Actions speak louder for indigenous future- Paul Toohey writes in the Sydney Daily Telegraph how the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples.It will not be operational until January 2011, more than three years after the Government committed to its formation. 

Labor's crowing over Barnaby may backfire- writes Dennis Shanahan in The Australian

Broadband needs big, fat open book - Henry Ergas writes in The Australian that the fact a deal can be struck between Telstra, the government and the National Broadband Network Company hardly means it is in the best interests of the community. And the direction in which the whole saga seems headed raises crucial issues of transparency and accountability. 

In dealing with Beijing, overambition tends to backfire - Obama and Rudd are having more trouble with China than Bush and Howard, says John Lee in The Australian


Watchdog lays out issues for BHP-Rio on controversial iron ore tie-up- The competition watchdog will probe whether the controversial iron ore tie-up by BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto will allow the mining titans to withhold supply of the steelmaking ingredient and push up prices for Australian steel mills - Melbourne Herald Sun


Child care

$125 a day to care for kid as childcare costs soar - Parents are paying an average $100 a day for toddler childcare in Sydney's CBD, with the soaring charges far outstripping the Federal Government's rebate.

Road safety

Parents lie for child's licence- Young drivers are being caught fraudulently claiming their parents were driving instead of them in a bid to avoid demerit points that could cost them their licence - Sydney Daily Telegraph


10 million Queenslanders by 2050- Queensland could have a population of more than 10 million by the middle of the century, new Federal Government projections reveal. The Australian Bureau of Statistics projections also put Brisbane's population at more than 4.5 million by 2051 - Brisbane Courier Mail

'Stop them moving here' - Queensland residents want to cap population growth- Results from an exclusive Galaxy poll for The Courier-Mail suggest that 60 per cent of Queenslanders want the Government to take steps to limit the region's population growth explosion. A similar proportion say forecasts of six million southeast Queenslanders by 2050 would be too many.


Private schools to test applicants before granting entry- Private schools across the country are considering pre-entry testing of children as young as five in literacy and numeracy, raising concerns it is designed to weed out and exclude potentially poor-performing students - Adelaide Advertiser




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