1. A controversial painting of Angelina Jolie post-mastectomy is expected to fetch around $22,000 at a charity auction. The money will go towards a group that supports peace in the Congo.
The picture was created by Swedish artist Johan Andersson. In a statement about the painting, Andersson wrote: “My mother had aggressive breast cancer when I was 15…”
“The thought of her having to have a mastectomy really scared me and she was fortunate enough to have surgery without the mastectomy.”
“The recent news about Angelina stirred an anxiety within me leading me to paint this portrait,” said.
Two weeks ago, Angelina Jolie announced she had had both of her breasts removed, when she found out she had a breast cancer gene.
Meanwhile, Angelina Jolie’s aunt Debbie has lost her battle with breast cancer at the age of 61. Debbie was the younger sister of Angelina’s mother Marcheline, who also died from breast cancer.
2. Australia’s top Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, will front the committee for the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Child Abuse today. The inquiry will look into allegations of sexual abuse of children in care of various groups – not just the Catholic Church.
Victoria’s premier, Dennis Napthine, has urged Cardinal Pell to be upfront. “I think there is an opportunity here for Cardinal Pell to be open with the people of Victoria and Australia, I think he should be fully apologetic, should be absolutely sorry about what has occurred in the Catholic Church.”
3. Prime Minister Julia Gillard is set to urge internet, radio and TV broadcasters to agree to a ban on the promotion of betting odds during live sports matches. If broadcasters do not agree, it is likely that the legislation will be pushed into parliament, before the federal election in September.
4. There’s been a rise in the number of couples who get divorced after 20 years of marriage, according to data from The Australian Institute of Family Studies. The research showed that the number of marriages that end after 20 years had doubled in the past 3- years; but that the majority of divorces still occur in the first 10 years after saying “I do”.