1. Lisa Ho slammed in cruel gossip column
There has been widespread disgust and condemnation following the publication of a cruel gossip column about fashion designer Lisa Ho in News Limited papers over the weekend.
Paparazzi snapped photos of the unsuspecting Lisa Ho paddle boarding on the weekend and the pictures were then published with a cruel and unnecessarily descriptive column.
The column included sentences like: “Her mouth was turned down in an unflattering frown – perhaps because she’d been caught in a dowdy swimsuit. Let’s be honest here, Ho looked less fashion star and more fashion frump.” Ugh. Our message to the gossip columnist? BACK OFF.
2. Polls predict clear Coalition victory
The nation’s newspaper polling now appears unanimous in predicting a clear victory for the Coalition in September’s election. The latest Newspoll shows that Labor is trailing to Coalition on a two party preferred basis 54-46. While Tony Abbott’s personal approval rating is on the rise, Kevin Rudd still leads as preferred Prime Minister 43 to 41.
3. Rudd pledges to deny anti-vaxxers tax benefits
Yesterday Kevin Rudd announced that if re-elected Labor would pass new laws so that parents who ‘conscientiously object’ to vaccinating their children would not get the Family Tax Benefit A end-of-year supplement. You can read more from Mamamia about the changes to vaccination policy here. The Prime Minister has also unveiled a $375 million package for hospitals, which has been pledged with the goal of modernising facilities and providing updated equipment and technologies throughout Australia.
4. A young Melbourne man has been killed after a drive-by shooting in the US.
22-year-old Christopher Lane was visiting his girlfriend in Oklahoma, while studying on a sports scholarship at East Central University, when he was shot while jogging in the street. Three teenagers have been arrested on charges of first degree murder.