10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

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Good morning.

1. China has revealed its stealthy new J-20 fighter jet. It’s actually in the air, flying and everything. Only for a minute though, at Airshow China in Zhuhai:


It has longer range, more internal fuel capacity and larger internal weapons capability than the F-22 and the F-35. But here’s why US Air Force chief of staff David Goldfein says that comparison is “almost irrelevant”.

2. On Trump. A pile of prominent economists – 370, to be exact – wrote an open letter asking people to please not vote for Trump:

If elected, he poses a unique danger to the functioning of democratic and economic institutions, and to the prosperity of the country

But an ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll now has Trump about one point ahead of Clinton for the first time since May. Conservative media mogul Glenn Beck is now saying “race is over” and Trump should win by 5 points.

3. On Clinton. For all the talk about Peter Thiel daring to donate $US1.25 million to The Don, it turns out Alphabet is chipping even more into Hillary’s run. The latest leak reveals a close relationship between the Clintons and Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt, including the offer to lend the Clintons the Google jet for a trip to Africa. (They declined, because it was unreliable.) Maybe Trump has a point when he says Google is doctoring search results in Clinton’s favour:

But here’s some good news in a troubled week for the Clinton campaign – a model that has correctly predicted the election since 1980 says Clinton in a landslide.

4. The markets are turning towards Trump. Or at least, hedging against him winning. There’s not a lot else to explain the sudden drop in US and Europe stocks, and the US dollar against the euro, yen and Swiss. Which is bad news for the faltering ASX – overnight SPI futures have the December contract off 34 points overnight. The Aussie is holding steady though, after new RBA governor Philip Lowe signaled he’s not the kind of governor who cuts.

5. Believe it or not, Sydney’s housing is more affordable than it was this time last year. Moody’s says so. But before you rush out and buy your first home, here’s why you should avoid any thoughts of buying a dump as a “starter home”. A dump like this $1.4 million dump:

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6. This sounds obvious, but kids really shouldn’t have digital devices in their rooms at night. But if you’re a parent, you’d know all too well how wearying that battle to take a screen off a kid can get, day after day after day. Here’s another reason to fight it even harder – science says even the short midnight buzz of a message or quick LED flash can cause “inadequate sleep quantity, poor sleep quality and excessive daytime sleepiness”.

7. If they have an Android smartphone, you can wave it at them and yell “Silencio!” That’s because you can now cast Harry Potter spells from it.

8. The last words of a mass murderer is grim reading, sorry. But this is what the life of Noor Salman has been like since her husband opened fire in the Pulse nightclub on June 12, killing 49 people. Salman revealed Omar Mateen then had this short text conversation with her before he was killed in a shootout with police.

9. Celeb Halloweens. Beyoncé blew everyone away with her Barbie Halloween costume, and Lena Dunham was a bit NSFW as a “Grabbed P…y”. But Taylor Swift won:

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on


Yeah, yeah. There were loads of Deadpools roaming the streets. But how many borrowed their Deadpool suit off Ryan Reynolds?

10. Today in Australian politics:

Here’s why Bob Day’s resignation could put us in uncharted waters.

Have a great day.

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