|State treasurers take fight to Canberra|
|WAYNE Swan faces a beating from state counterparts as the conservative states flex their muscles at today's treasurers meeting.|
First off: State treasurers are preparing for a day of talks in Canberra with Wayne Swan. NSW Treasurer Mike Baird told The Australian Online he was expecting the meetings to be "testy". "If Wayne Swan wants a fight he will get one," Mr Baird said. Swan will have few allies in the meetings today with the NSW, Queensland, Victorian and West Australian treasurers all from conservative states. South Australian Treasurer Jack Snelling, a fellow Labor man, also expressed his frustration, accusing the federal government of bleeding already strained state budgets to guarantee its own surplus.
On the back of his election landslide, Queensland premier Campbell Newman has spoken up defiantly for the state in anticipation of a federally mandated National Disability Insurance Scheme. "We're very happy to co-operate in things that make sense in terms of standardisation of regulations and laws across the nation. But we're not going to lie down and let Queensland be trampled on." (Oz)
The Craig Thomson saga will drag on for months, the SMH reports, after Fair Work Australia referred the matter for possible criminal charges. The Australian reports the move could underpin a no-confidence push by Tony Abbott in parliament.
Julia Gillard is in Sydney today and will speak at a community cabinet meeting in Parramatta in the city's west tonight.
Tony Abbott is in Cairns this morning and will visit another local business to discuss the carbon tax. He will hold a doorstop before flying back to Sydney tonight.
Diary: Conservative state treasurers will hold a doorstop at parliament house at 8.30am. The treasurers' meeting starts at 9am. Business Council of Australia president Tony Shepherd
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