Morning Express: Thursday, March 7

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It will be hot and sunny (again) in Sydney today. The maximum temperature in the city will be 27 degrees, in Penrith 30 degrees, in Terry Hills 27 degrees and in Campbelltown 28 degrees. The weekend will be cloudy with a chance of rain.

On the front page of today's Sydney Morning Herald, the Cronulla Sharks are in big trouble on the eve of the season with as many as 14 players believed to be facing a six month ban for doping. This story is only going to get bigger today.

On the front pages of the major newspapers today:

The Age in Melbourne is all over the shock resignation of Premier Ted Baillieu last night. The former opposition leader Denis Napthine is the state’s new Premier and the embattled MP Geoff Shaw has moved to the crossbench

The Australian Financial Review reports that the Gillard government is preparing for a budget in May that will foreshadow future deficits because falling commodity prices and the high dollar have made it harder to deliver on expensive policy promises.

The Australian says Julia Gillard's attack on foreign worker visa rorts is jeopardising Australia's global standing and risks reinforcing perceptions of racial and religious intolerance.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Cronulla Sharks players who worked with sports scientist Stephen Dank are all under investigation for doping.

This story Morning Express: Thursday, March 7 first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.