Saturday's news in less than 2 minutes

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in his first government ad as PM.





1. It appears likely that the Federal Election will be held on September 7th. Fairfax reports that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will visit the Governor General on Monday to seek approval for the date, which is one week earlier than the date proposed by former PM Julia Gillard earlier this year.

2. Julian Assange has said that he is confident that he will win a seat in the Senate, despite living in exile in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. In an interview with Network Ten’s Meet the Press, the Wikileaks founder said that his party has polled strongly, and that he believes that being elected will allow him a safe passage home to Australia.

3. The people of Singleton, in NSW’s Hunter Valley, were left surprised by the Federal Government’s announcement that their town will serve as the back-up location for a refugee detention centre, if the PNG Solution falls through. Mayor of Singleton, John Martin told the ABC that his small town would not be able to cope with the increase in population and that he knew nothing of the plan until the mini-budget press conference yesterday afternoon.

4. A 23-year-old Sydney woman has died after being stabbed during a domestic dispute. The woman was found with a stab wound to the chest in her unit in the city’s Eastern Suburbs early this morning. Police believe that her killer was a man “known to her.”

5. An American family have had their house raided by police after the NSA handed over their internet search history to authorities. The Catalano family of Long Island, NY, were reportedly targeted for Googling “pressure cookers” and “backpacks” in the same week, as well as actively following the Boston Bombings online. Officers quizzed the family on their knowledge of homemade bombs before determining that there was no need to lay charges.

6. One of the world’s smallest countries is facing a constitutional crisis after its Prime Minister and Governor General simultaneously decided to sack each other. The tiny Commonwealth island nation of Tuvalu – which lies in half way between Australia and Hawaii – has been having parliamentary trouble since 2010, when a no-confidence motion passed in parliament. It is now up for The Queen to decide whether she approves of the Governor General’s dismissal.

Allisa Nutting’s ‘Tampa.’

7. The Church of England is being sued by a millionaire gay couple for refusing to let them marry. Fathers of five, Barry and Tony Drewitt-Barlow, are suing the Church on the grounds that their special exemption from Britain’s (yet to be enacted) gay marriage laws is discriminatory. The pair are practicing Christians, and would like to be married in their local parish church.

8. A bestselling sexually explicit novel has been taken off the shelves in bookshops across Australia. Tampa, written by American novelist Alissa Nutting, tells the story of a psychopathic teacher-student romance. Bookstores including Queensland franchises of Angus & Robertson have reportedly banned the title, while others are selling it with an 18+ sticker.