1. The NRL will reduce Australian bookmaker Tom Waterhouse‘s appearances in NRL television coverage. The 30-year-old had featured heavily in the first few rounds of the season but after extensive complaints from the public, the NRL told a parliamentary hearing the line between Waterhouse’s role as a bookmaker and commentator would no longer be blurred.
2. Ex CIA boss David Petraeus has publicly apologised for the affair he had with his biographer Paula Broadwell. In a public speech to a military audience he aid: “Please allow me to begin my remarks this evening by reiterating how deeply I regret – and apologise for – the circumstances that led me to my resignation from the CIA and caused such pain for my family, friends and supporters.” Petraeus resigned from his position in November last year after details of his affair became public.
3. The family of Schapelle Corby is reportedly suing the publisher of a book about the convicted drug trafficker’s family. The family say the 2011 book Sins Of The Father is defamatory it implies they were involved in Schapelle’s father Mick’s drug dealings.
4. It’s been revealed that the man who pleaded guilty to the murder of Melbourne women Sarah Cafferkey has killed before. Forty-seven-year-old Steven Hunter appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday where it was revealed he served 13 years in jail for stabbing a woman to death in 1986. The court heard Hunter worked with Cafferkey and stabbed her to death after she rejected his advances.
5. At least 12 homes have been destroyed by bushfires in Victoria. The 1300 hectare fire, near the town of Dereel, which also caused injuries to four firefighters is now under control.