1. 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.
2. The teenager who has been criticised for her racist slur against AFL player Adam Goodes – when she called him an “ape” during the Indigenous Round on Friday night – has apologised to the sportsman. The girl spoke to Goodes on the phone and apologised for “being racist”. News Ltd have published a letter from the girl, in which she says, “Dear Adam, it was good to talk to you on the phone. I’m sorry for being racist. I didn’t mean any harm and now I’ll think twice before I speak.”
Goodes said in a statement that he was “gutted”, but did not blame the girl. Goodes further said that young people needed to be educated about why racism is unacceptable.
3. Schools Minister Peter Garrett has said that the $5.5 billion promised to help close the gap between the reading and numeracy skills of indigenous and non-indigenous students, is at risk if states do not sign up the federal government’s school improvement plans.
4. British police, who are investigating the death of 25-year-old soldier Lee Rigby after he was brutally killed in a suspected terrorist attack, have arrested another three suspects.
5. A soldier in Paris has been attacked with a Stanley knife. The soldier was stabbed in the neck by his attacker, who managed to escape after the assault. The young soldier is now recovering in hospital. French President Francois Hollande said that “at this stage” the attack was not connected to the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in the streets of London.