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The Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has been given a boost in the latest opinion polls as he prepares to announce his ministerial line-up. Labor received a six point jump in its primary vote. The Foreign Minister Bob Carr has been in Indonesia over the weekend to lay the ground-work for the annual bilateral talks in Jakarta that Prime Minister Rudd will attend later this week. Source: abc.net.au
Residents in the central Queensland town of Emerald are in recovery mode after last month's massive flood. Many businesses inundated by flood water have moved to new temporary premises. And the local council has announced it will allow ratepayers to put off paying rates for three months.
In Rome, Catholics have high hopes that their new Pope will fix the Church's problems and bring the faithful back into the fold. But there's also great expectations he'll bring in the tourists whose numbers dropped off during the past pope's reign.