1. There are reports out of the Saudi Arabian city of Riyadah today that a 5-year-old girl has been beaten to death by her father, a prominent Muslim cleric. Apparently the cleric, Fayan al-Ghamdi killed his daughter because he questioned her virginity. Unbelievably he has managed to pay around $50,000 in blood money in order to escape a jail term of any significance.
2. A Galaxy poll released today suggests that Tony Abbott is set to be Australia’s next Prime Minister following a 14 September election. He is predicted to win up to 14 seats from Labor, with the Coalition leading 54-46 on a two party preferred basis. Support for the Greens has also dropped.
3. Two (straight) AFL players, Brock McLean of Carlton and Daniel Jackson of Richmond, have joined in Victoria’s Gay Pride March over the weekend in an effort for their sport to taken stronger action to tackle homophobia. McLean told the Herald Sun that “The AFL and players have been so quiet on this issue for so long, they’re sort of pretending like it’s not there. But there is an issue there. There is homophobia in sport.”