10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

Awkward. Picture: Facebook/Let’s Grow Tasmania’s Future

Good morning and welcome to 2017.

1. It’s the first day of trading and with no leads from overseas markets, futures traders are expecting a lower open to kick things off. Just over 0.4% of a drop is priced in. At midday, Chinese commodity futures will start trading in 2017, and we’ll get some indication of whether iron ore is still in favour. It surged 81% in 2016 — its first calendar year gain in four years. The Aussie dollar stumbled early.

2. If that’s already put you off trying to make money this year, don’t despair. Read these 12 books about how to get rich instead. Or move to Finland, where you might be one of the 2000 people who’ll be getting money from the government for doing nothing for the next two years as part of a controversial social experiment.

3. Melbourne has started 2017 in classic Melbourne style – cold, and windy. Yesterday, the mercury in our most livable city hit the lowest January maximum since 1996 – a bracing 17.8C. Which is fortunate, because it stopped all the people going to the beach and catching gastro. Environmental Protection Victoria’s website listed 21 of 36 beaches as “no swim” because heavy rains have filled them up with poo. Here’s the EPA’s Anthony Boxshall on ABC:

“It’s bird poo, it’s horse poo, it’s cow poo and it’s people poo.”

4. Speaking of things that stink a little, you might have seen this:

Tassie salmon farmer Tassal ended 2016 as the handwringer’s evil company of choice because its farms make the water under and around them pretty much uninhabitable for other species. Much like, say, every farm that grows meat on land does. But this campaign is aiming to stop Tassal setting up in Triabunna, a town that was decimated in 2011 when millionaire Wotif founder Graeme Wood and Kathmandu founder Jan Cameron bought its woodchip mill and shut it down. They promised everyone would get their jobs back when the mill reopened as an ecotourism venture. That hasn’t happened, but now Tassal’s in the frame, Wood is back – with tourism development plans in hand – admitting he “supports” the campaign above.

5. In 2017, all your Pacific Rim dreams will come true:

The Method-2 bipedal robot is a prototype from Korean company Hancook Mirae Technology. It can be piloted remotely, but why would you when for just $US8.3 million you can drive it yourself?

6. You’ve probably just opened your inbox for the first time since clocking off last year. You can probably feel a single tear welling as your unread count just keeps ticking over and over. If you’ve already had enough email in 2017, here’s how Tim Cook, Bill Gates and 16 other successful people deal with their inbox overloads.

7. If it all makes you want to chuck your laptop out the window, do it. Then think about replacing it with Dell’s revamped XPS 13. Launched at CES in Las Vegas overnight, it’s Dell’s foray into the 2-in-1 marketplace, which got a lot more popular last year when companies like HP and Lenovo deployed displays that flip right over for a tablet that doesn’t need to detach. It’s pretty nifty, and available from January 5.

8. Still on theme. No, this is not a couple of turtles tucking into an old nappy in freezing Port Phillip Bay:

They’re in lovely, clean, warm Byron Bay in NSW, enjoying a jellyfish together. Scott Portellii got an honorable mention From NatGeo’s Photographer of the Year competition for his wonderful pic. There are 18 more here, including the grand prize winner.

9. Did you make a resolution? According to a CareerBuilder survey, about 35% of workers between the age of 18 and 34 plan on finding a better job this year. The other top resolutions are all the usual ones – save money, eat better, stress less, yada yada. And here are four common problems with New Year’s resolutions, according to this Harvard Business School psychologist.

10. And if you’re young, you’ve still got time to stop telling yourself these 15 money lies before you turn 30 and it all goes pear-shaped.

BONUS ITEM: Not a fake news item:

Into it. Have a great year.

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