Michael Jackson: Since the public announcement of the death from cardiac arrest of pop superstar Michael Jackson last Friday morning Australian time, the story has received three times the coverage of any other issue on television, with continuing speculation over the circumstances of his death, the state of his health in the lead up to his death, the custody of his children and the size of his estate.
Wimbledon: While Samantha Stosur could not replicate her French Open run, Lleyton Hewitt made it through to the quarter finals at Wimbeldon and in the process lifted his world ranking considerably, but otherwise the tournament has looked very similar to most recent years, with Roger Federer and the Williams sisters prominent.
Swine flu: With at least nine deaths now linked to the influenza strain widely known as swine flu, coverage of the issue has continued, with authorities still warning of possibly more dangerous mutations of the virus appearing and the Health Minister reassuring parents that most cases remain mild following the death in Victoria of a three year old with the virus.
Utegate: With the start of the winter recess for Federal Parliament, the Utegate furore died down considerably, although pressure remained almost entirely on the Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull in the wake of opinion polls showing a crash in his approval ratings after they had been trending upwards for several months, while speculation about a shadow frontbench reshuffle continued.
Lote Tuqiri: The media was still none the wiser at the end of the week following the announcement on Monday night that one of the highest paid football players in Australia, rugby star Lote Tuqiri, had been sacked by the ARU for unspecified contract breaches. There has been little further information on the basis for the sacking, but Tuqiri’s representatives have confirmed he will be taking legal action.
Quote of the week:
“He asked me to come and look at his ute” Sacha Baron Cohen (as character Bruno) suggests a bond developed between him and PM Kevin Rudd after a TV appearance together
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