1. The Coalition has revealed the details of its offshore asylum seeker processing plan. The plan includes what is already being dubbed as a ‘tent city’ on the island of Nauru. According to The Australian newspaper, the Coalition is proposing erecting tents to house at least 2000 asylum seekers “while finding locations for thousands more”. Scott Morrison, the Opposition’s Immigration spokesperson, said that the Abbott Government would work towards creating space for 5000 asylum seekers on Nauru.
“There would be no guarantee or resettlement in Australia,” Mr Morrison told the media. “People would be invited to make application for resettlement elsewhere. While they are doing that they would have accommodation, it would be like a bridging visa program in Nauru.”
2. In a news conference, Pope Francis has spoken out about gay priests, saying that it is not his place to judge them based on their sexual orientation. “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” he said, adding: “The problem is not having this orientation, it is lobbying. That’s the most serious problem.” He also said that gays and lesbians should be “treated with respect, compassion and sensitivity, without discrimination”. It’s a big step-up from the previous pope, Benedict, who in 2008 suggested that homosexuality was akin to climate change in that it was a threat to the survival of the human race.
3. Swimmer Christian Sprenger has won Australia’s first gold medal at the world championships in Barcelona. Twenty-seven-year-old Sprenger won the 100m breaststroke final overnight.