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.