10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

The face of a winner. Picture: Getty Images

Good morning.

1. Markets will be a big deal today, because it’s Rates Day for the RBA. No one – except maybe TD Securities – is considering a hawkish RBA today. Here’s your 10-second guide. But whichever way the decision falls, it’s likely to be a big day for the Aussie dollar. The ASX200 is likely to open higher, with futures traders predicting that it will bounce back from yesterday’s fall with a solid global lead.

2. New Jersey governor Chris Christie makes Trump look like Trump Lite. He’s the guy whose staff members engineered a four-hour traffic jam by closing toll lanes on a bridge out of Fort Lee, around the time Fort Lee’s mayor was refusing to nominate Christie in the 2013 New Jersey gubernatorial election. Today, he’s on front pages everywhere enjoying a day at the beach – on a day when beaches were closed to the public because of a government shutdown he ordered. When asked why he was enjoying the beach when the public couldn’t, Christie said:

“I’m sorry they’re not the governor.”

3. People Looking at Trump Funny is the new bloodsport for media photographers in 2017. You’re a lay-down for a viral if you can pick something like this out your 1000 shots for the day:

Picture: Getty Images

That’s space legend Buzz Aldrin at the signing of an executive order to revive the National Space Council. But the real action was taking place on Buzz’s wrist and ankles:

Picture: Getty Images

4. The Turnbull government has opened its doors again to overseas tech workers. Immigration minister Peter Dutton just promoted another 36 jobs from the two-year to the four-year scheme which can provide a path to permanent residency.

5. Elsewhere in IT Worker World, there’s an ethics debate raging about whether it’s cool for programmers to automate their work so they can take most of the rest of the week off. It was sparked by one anonymous post on Stack Overflow by a remote worker who says he has used scripts to cram his whole job into two hours of work a week and hasn’t told his boss.

6. Your Medicare details are for sale. For just $30 in Bitcoin, a hacker is selling the details of “any Australian citizen”. The Guardian can confirm it’s true, because it bought the accurate details of a staff member.

7. Bryan Cranston hasn’t moved to Canada. Stephen King hasn’t moved to Canada. Lena Dunham hasn’t moved to Canada. In fact, twice as many people moved to Canada in 2012 after Obama’s second win than they did after Trump’s win. And the data suggests a trend of declining applications overall.

8. The stats of a winner:


While Manny Pacquiao took home about $US10 million from his loss to Jeff Horn on Sunday, Horn would have struggled to recoup a tenth of that, even with ticket incentives. He’s likely to be looking at $2 million for a rematch with Pacquiao in November. But right now, the nature of his ugly, unlikely but inspiring win has pundits thinking twice about whether Conor McGregor might actually be able to hand Floyd Mayweather the first loss of his career.

9. On the opening night of Wimbledon, Nick Kyrgios only lasted two sets before retiring injured. And John Millman only lasted three sets against Rafael Nadal while being soundly thrashed.

10. We’re 12 days away from the start of the penultimate season of Game of Thrones. And while fans may be disappointed to have learnt it’s only six episodes long, it was revealed overnight that the final episode of each season will be feature-film length. And possibly every episode of the final season. That’s seven Game of Thrones movies.

BONUS ITEM: “Stop talking over the top of-“, “I AM NOT TALKING OVER THE TOP OF YOU.”

Have a great day.

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