1. The photographer who took photos of Nigella Lawson being assaulted by her husband at a London restaurant has defended his actions. Jean-Paul spent 27 minutes taking photos of Lawson and her husband Charles Saachi that were later published in Sunday People. In an article for the UK’s Mirror, he wrote: “People have asked why I didn’t intervene, why I didn’t go over. The answer is simple – I would have been arrested. I’m paparazzi so everyone hates you to begin with.”
“The best thing I could do was carry on taking the pictures because now everyone can see that Charles Saatchi is an abuser,” he wrote.
2. Nelson Mandela has reportedly been ‘unresponsive and has not opened his eyes for days’ in hospital, despite previous official statements that the former South African leader’s health was improving. According to The Daily Mail, the 94-year-old’s immediate family are discussing whether or not they should withdraw treatment.
3. Labor has received a dismal result in the latest Newpoll. The results come on the third anniversary of Julia Gillard’s leadership of the Labor Party. The government’s primary vote has dropped to just 29 per cent, while the Coalition’s sits at 48 per cent. Tony Abbott is still the preferred Prime Minister. He’s sitting on 45 percentage points compared to Julia Gillard’s 33.
4. Meanwhile, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has said that Julia Gillard will not step down and that he supports Gillard to lead Labor to the next election. Senator Conroy told Sky News, “Julia Gillard is again demonstrating to the Australian public how tough she is.”
5. The 40th Australian ‘digger’ to die in Afghanistan was killed in a firefight on Saturday. The soldier was killed during an operation in the the Khod Valley.