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Sydney Opera House A reconciliation between Opera House architect, Joern Utzon, and the NSW State Government.

Olympics Ticket Limbo A report the Sydney Olympics Organising Committee (SOCOG) confirmed purchasers of tickets to athletics events will have no idea what events they have actually paid for until sometime next year.

Howard Talks Tough to the Neighbours

The PM is reported to have lectured Japan about its trade responsibilities, while also warning Indonesia to meet its commitments in East Timor.

Police Radio Problems.

A new police communications system is having "diabolical" teething problems.

Furious China China is reported to have "denounced" Papua New Guinea for its recent diplomatic recognition of Taiwan.

And elsewhere:

The Editorial Questions why disgraced Queensland ex Senator, Mal Colston had travel rorts charges against him dropped.

Tom's Cruisy birthday. Despite Nicolle's absence, Tom Cruise is reported to have had a good 37th birthday bash last weekend.

Bob Ellis on ambivalence. Serial scandaliser, and sometime ALP advisor, Bob Ellis defines ambivalence as "like having a blow job at the same time as root canal therapy". He was speaking to the Association for Australian Literature.

Sydney acknowledged as national hub (sort of)

PM Howard told Japanese Sydney is Australian's financial hub. Victoria's Premier does not demur, saying this is good for Melbourne too.

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