10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

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1. Trade war tit-for-tat. The Trump administration is preparing to slap tariffs on all remaining Chinese goods (with an estimated worth of US$300 billion). The news follows China’s announcement on Monday that it will impose a 25% tariff on certain goods by June 1. Here are all the products that will be impacted.

2. Aussie beverages startup Nexba has raised $6 million in a seed round. A full $1.5 million of that came from crowdfunding alone, making it the largest non-tech crowdfund in Australian history. The raise comes hot on the heels of a big deal with UK supermarket giant Sainsbury’s.

3. This chart from NAB proves Aussies aren’t investing in property like they used to. The fall has been particularly sharp in New South Wales and Victoria with a variety of factors n both supply and demand – such as tighter lending and the election – leading to the decline.

4. A group of Torres Strait Islanders have joined forces with the UN to file a landmark complaint against Australia . The complaint alleges the Australian government has impacted the human rights of the indigenous group by failing to take action on climate change.

5. Celebrity scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson has explained the science behind the latest episode of Game Of Thrones. In particular, he lets us know exactly how that Dragon Fire is working. And yes, there are absolutely spoilers.

6. Qantas has been ranked as the most desirable place to work in 2019 by Randstad’s Employer Brand Research. That puts the airline up two places since last year, beating out last year’s winner, Apple. Randstad Australia says the research shows business need to pay more attention to the employee experience as part of their public image efforts.

7. Wage growth needs to increase significantly or else add to downside risks for inflation. Today’s wages report will be a key indicator of the health of the economy just days out from the federal election. There has been some progress since the lows of 2016, but that is thanks largely to mandatory minimum wage increases from Australia’s Fair Work Commission.

8. Google will be paying some owners of its Pixel smartphone up to US$500 thanks to a microphone defect. Google has agreed to settle the class action lawsuit after acknowledging the microphone was defective in 2017 but continuing to sell the product. Even Pixel owners who had no problems could be entitled to $US20 under the settlement.

9. Brisbane-based digital video platform Clipchamp has received a boost with a $1 million investment from Shark Tank judge Steve Baxter. Clipchamp will use the funding to fast-forward the distribution of its video editing product and expand the pool of 6.5 million registered users worldwide.

10. KFC in South Africa has denied claims that a student tricked employees into giving him free chicken. Original reports claim that the 27-year-old man dressed up in “smart’ clothing and posed as a fast-food executive to score free chicken. The story started as a rumour but has since gone viral.


Australia just rocked the 2019 Eurovision semi final in Tel Aviv, Israel. Aussie singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke took to the stage to perform “Zero Gravity” with her phenomenal operatic voice. Many are claiming the set had the best production value of the night.

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