Age: “Australia was handed virtual

Age: “Australia was handed virtual automatic qualificiation for the 2006 soccer World Cup after Oceania was given direct entry into the finals tournament yesterday.”

“The 11-member OFC was given full status by FIFA in 1998 but remained the only confederation not to have at least one automatic berth at the World Cup finals.”

Age: “Victoria’s privatised public transport

Age: “Victoria’s privatised public transport system is in crisis after the biggest operator announced last night that it would abandon its train and tram services by next week.”

“the withdrawal of National Express showed that the former Kennett government’s privatisation process was a failure.”
Maybe politicians will finally learn that privatising public services is a bad thing. *cough* John Howard *cough* Telstra.