Both the Sydney Morning Herald, and the Daily Telegraph, and indeed The Australian, have articles about the Australian Labour Party, the loyal opposition, turning on its current leader, Simon Crean. A view of the 3 contenders for the job is here. Kim Beazley has previously been Leader of the Opposition and was beaten at Federal elections twice by the incumbent Prime Minister John Howard and the Liberal Party. Mark Latham is probably a good bet for the job but it is unclear how the general electorate see him as a future leaderdue to his "agressive" nature and some fiery comments he has made in the past. Kevin Rudd is the 3rd contender but he doesn't seem to have the same following as Beazley and Latham. It would seem that most of Simon Crean's supporters will side with Latham but nothing is certain in politics. Its all a little bewildering because we're probably less than twelve months away from an election and the ALP seems keen to implode and ritually disembowel itself.
The other thing that's making news here is this. I couldn't find a link in the local papers, although its there on the front page of the Telegragh. It would seem that Tennis Australia, in their infinite wisdom decided to have jazz trumpeter and acclaimed musician, James Morrison play both National Anthems. The only thing is that they gave him a CD which contained the wrong national anthem for Spain. Apparently it was an earlier anthem from the pre revolutionary days and causes great offence so when James played they were booing hissing and generally unappreciative which is not tthe usual sort of reception he anticipates. Its unfathomable that Tennis Australia could make such a diplomatic blunder and they're going to replay the anthems today and tomorrow and have issued profound apologies but the damage has apparently been done.