1. UN experts will begin investigating the site of an alleged chemical attack in Syria today. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has asked the UN mission in the Syrian capital of Damascus “to focus its attention on ascertaining the facts of the 21 August incident as its highest priority”. Syria has given permission for the inspection to occur.
2. Yesterday, leader of the Greens, Christine Milne, unveiled their asylum seeker policy, which stands in stark contrast to the major parties’ policies in this area. The Greens want to see asylum seeker processing fast-tracked, and refugees who are accepted by Australia to be given the full benefit of the Centrelink Newstart payment every fortnight. The Greens also want asylum seekers to be afforded full work rights, to speed the process of them being able to support themselves.
3. Police in India have arrested a third man, who is suspected to have been involved in the recent gang rape of a female photographer in Mumbai. Five men are thought to have been involved in the rape of the woman, who was aged in her early 20s.
4. Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has released a statement saying that she will not be attending the Australian Labor Party’s official campaign launch next weekend, as she does not want to distract from the current PM’s “powerful message”.