Good morning, New Australia.
1. First, to markets, and it was yet another disappointing result for wage growth in Australia yesterday. The second part of the puzzle comes at 11.30am (AEST) today with October employment figures. David Scutt has the 10-second guide you need. In the US, the warning signs on stocks keep flashing – more on that below – and China is… subdued. But ASX futures traders like news of an $11 billion takeover offer for Santos and have marked the local index up after four straight days of falls.
2. Eventually, the Socceroos made it to the World Cup. The PM had a comfy chair for it but didn’t bust out the tracky daks and really needs to work on his cable game:
— The PMO (@thepmo) November 15, 2017
The hero was the captain. Mile Jedinak hit the hat-trick in the 3-1 win – two were from penalties. And now the big question is, will Ange Postecoglou coach them to Russia?
3. Australia’s other big win. We voted 61.6% in favour of same-sex marriage, from an impressive turnout of 79.5% of eligible Australian voters. Ironically, it was still a thumbs-down for diversity, with some of the strongest No votes coming from Australia’s most ethnically and religiously diverse electorates in Sydney’s western suburbs. And the Tele still found a way to kill the joy:
Front page of The Daily Telegraph pic.twitter.com/BJjbI2r77h
— Christopher Dore (@wrongdorey) November 15, 2017
It seems only the editor actually knows what that means. But onwards and upwards – here’s what happens next.
4. No one knows what happens next in Zimbabwe after its despicable president Robert Mugabe was put under house arrest overnight. Emmerson Mnangagwa, whom Mugabe dismissed as vice president last week, is reportedly on his way to Harare and set to take control. Mugabe’s wife, long seen as his successor, has fled to Namibia. Whatever the outcome, Mugabe’s 93 and has already done 40 years worth of damage to the country.
5. Congratulations, Miranda Kerr. The Aussie model is pregnant with her second – and Snap CEO Evan Spiegel’s first – child.
6. An Australian diplomat died in New York in the most tragic circumstances. Julian Simpson, 30, was Australia’s second secretary to the United Nations. At a party last night celebrating Australia’s SSM Yes vote, he asked a man to play a “trust” game. Simpson leaned back over the roof ledge of his seventh floor apartment and told the man to catch him, but slipped and fell to his death.
7. When it comes to over-the-top headlines about pending US stock calamities, we did it best:
But Joe Ciolli has charts on his side, and actual indicators the “Hindenburg Omen” and “Titanic Syndrome”. And US stocks just received confirmation of both of them.
8. Earlier this year, this rare albino elk was spotted in the forests of Värmland in Sweden:
But recently, it approached a woman walking her dogs and she fell over, and police decided it had to be killed before another dog-walking woman fell over. But it was just saved by “the fastest-growing petition” Swedish animal rights organisation Djurens rätt has ever seen.
9. Elon Musk did a Rolling Stone interview and it was full of whiskey drinking, tears, dating tips and hating on people who bet against Tesla. He also gave a hint of what he thought about comparisons between himself and Steve Jobs:
“If I was dying and I had a turtleneck on, with my last dying breath, I would take the turtleneck off and try to throw it as far away from my body as possible.”
Indeed. And here’s a story from one of the team who launched Apple’s original Macintosh about why she loved working with Jobs even though he fired her 5 times and treated her terribly.
10. Justice League is agonising to watch, says Jason Guerrasio. But we knew that, because Zack Snyder “directed” it. Yet people still flock to cinemas to endure his hollow, messy, violent fetishist indulgences. He even managed to derail the Wonder Woman good train.
BONUS ITEM: Here’s something else that will be messy and violent – even the teaser’s NSFW. But it will without doubt be worth your money: