1. The Gillard government is likely to cut hundreds of executive jobs in the public sector, to decrease government spending. News Ltd reports that 400 jobs may be cut under Labor, and that Opposition Leader Tony Abbott plans to cut up to 12,000 jobs if he is elected in September.
2. A mother in Queensland is fighting for her primary school-aged daughter, “Jane” – who was born “Michael”, but identifies as a girl – to be able to use the girls’ toilets at school. News Ltd reports that the school has otherwise accepted Jane’s gender transition, but has asked her to use the disabled toilets.
3. The mother of Gina DeJesus – one of the kidnapped women held captive in Ariel Castro’s house for nine years – said she would forgive Castro is she ever saw him on the street. She told US ABC News, “I would hug him and I would say, ‘God bless you’… I forgave him years ago. I said it: I forgive whoever done it, just let her go.”
4. Kevin Rudd has released his new campaign poster for the upcoming federal election. Unlike Rudd’s 2010-campaign poster, this one does feature the Labor logo – but another point of difference is that Rudd has dropped his last name. The poster reads only “Kevin”.