10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

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Good morning!

1. Police have used tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters in Hong Kong. Hundreds of thousands of citizens began flocking the streets on Sunday as the territory’s government considered a controversial bill that would allow for the extradition of Hong Kong residents to mainland China for trial. If the law is passed, there are fears it could lead Hong Kong into the US-China trade war.

2. Cricketer David Warner has delivered his first international century at the 2019 Cricket World Cup since returning from suspension following the ball-tampering scandal.

3. Fintech hub Stone & Chalk has announced it will launch a ‘Females in Fintech’ program. The program is designed to reduce the barriers women in the fintech industry face when pitching to investors.

4. The Netflix of public transport. New South Wales Transport Minister Andrew Constance has argued governments should be more forward-thinking in roads infrastructure policy and should introduce a Netflix-style subscription system for a range of transport services.

5. Australian conglomerate Wesfarmers, owner of Bunnings, Kmart and Target, has offered to buy online retailer Catch Group Holdings for $230 million. The group runs e-commerce businesses including Catch.com.au and Mumgo, and previously managed Pumpkin Patch.

6. Uber has unveiled its latest self-driving car, made in partnership with Volvo. The Volvo SUV is set to take on Tesla and Waymo in the ‘robo-taxi wars’.

7. Global Peace Index 2019. A new report from the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) has found that people around the world have more confidence in the leadership of China, compared to the US since Donald Trump came to power.

Source: Gallup World Poll via the Institute of Economics & Peace Global Peace Index 2019

8. Minister for 5G. Newly appointed Federal Communications Minister Paul Fletcher has denied that the US ban on Huawei will affect Australia’s rollout of the 5G network.

9. More privacy problems. Facebook shares have dropped by as much as 2.9% following emails that appear to show that CEO Mark Zuckerberg was aware of “potentially problematic privacy practices”.

10. UK MPs have voted against a motion that could have allowed the parliament to prevent a no-deal Brexit. The motion had been backed by opposition parties and several rebel Conservative MPs.


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