10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

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Good morning!

1. The man who mowed down a crowd of pedestrians in Melbourne in December 2017 was sentenced to life in prison by Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth. Saeed Noori pleaded guilty to one count of murder, 11 counts of recklessly causing injury and five counts of reckless conduct endangering life.

2. The special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report in the Russia investigation is longer than 300 pages, according to The New York Times. The long document could answer key questions about Trump associates’ contacts with Russia.

3. Australian job vacancies hit another record high in the three months to February. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), vacancies rose by 1.1% in trend terms to 244,900 over the quarter, leaving total growth in openings over the year at 9.2%.

4. Workers at Chemist Warehouse won significant wage rises and an overhaul to the company’s labour practices. It comes after a two-week strike left the cut-price pharmaceutical retailers with empty shelves.

5. Cathay Pacific acquired budget Hong Kong airline HK Express in an $885 million deal. “The transaction represents an attractive and practical way for the Cathay Pacific Group to support the long-term development and growth of its aviation business and to enhance its competitiveness,” Cathay Pacific said.

6. Apple secretly acquired home security camera firm Lighthouse AI after buying its patents, according to The Information. Apple declined to comment.

7. Budget airline Wow has collapsed. Hundreds of passengers have been left stranded with little guidance on how to get home or complete their travels.

8. Uber has claimed that its drivers are paid above the national minimum wage in Australia, earning more than $21 an hour after costs. The Transport Workers Union argues that many drivers receive less than the minimum wage of $19 an hour.

9. JPMorgan is slashing hundreds of jobs in asset management. That’s according to a report from Bloomberg, which says the reductions are being made globally.

10. Google signed a key deal with Cuban telecoms giant ETECSA to bring faster internet to Cuba. Internet on the island nation has been notoriously sluggish and unreliable.

BONUS: The robots are rising up.

Have a great Friday.

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