1. The accused killer of Daniel Morcombe has told Brisbane Magistrates Court details of the day that Daniel disappeared in 2003. Brett Peter Cowan revealed the details to an undercover police officer in 2011, and the recorded conversation was played today in court. In the recording, Cowan describes how he offered Daniel a lift as he was waiting at the bus stop. He then took Daniel to a remote area.
“I never got to molest him or anything like that,” Cowan said in the recorded conversation. “I panicked and he panicked and I grabbed him round the throat and he was dead.”
Cowan’s committal hearing continues.
2. Malalya Yousafza, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by members of the Taliban for her work to promote education for women, has spoken publically for the first time since the event. In a recorded message she said: “Today you can see that I am alive. I can speak, I can see you, I can see everyone and I am getting better day by day.”
3. Senior Labor ministers are urging the party to make the most of Kevin Rudd’s popularity. (It’s estimated that Rudd’s backing could be 45 votes out of 102 caucus members) In an interview yesterday, Regional Australia Minister Simon Crean said: “He is an asset and we should use him, but it has to be a disciplined asset.” Meanwhile, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has urged caucus members to be loyal to the party.