10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

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Good morning!

1. Cardinal George Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric, has been sentenced to a total of 6 years in prison for sexually assaulting two 13-year-old choirboys in the 1990s at Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral. The sentencing was issued at Melbourne County Court by County Court Chief Judge Peter Kidd. Pell will serve a minimum of three years and eight months before he is eligible for parole.

2. Australia has banned the Boeing 737 Max plane following two deadly crashes involving the aircraft in the past five months. The move from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority brings Australia into line with a growing number of countries that have grounded the brand new passenger jet including the US, Canada, China, and Europe.

3. The rail link to Melbourne’s airport is finally going to get built after it was approved by the Victorian and Federal Government. The ambitious project will cost an estimated $8-$13 billion.

4. Gmail and Google Drive went down around the world. Some users were able to access their emails, but encountered this error message when sending a new email: “Message could not be sent. Check your network and try again.” Within hours, Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger went down.

5. There’s now far fewer workers to fill jobs in Australia. According to jobs website Adzuna, the ratio of unemployed workers to job openings on its platform fell to 5.05 in March, down from 6.48 a year earlier.

6. Elon Musk is taking it upon himself to personally approve all new Tesla hires, according to a leaked email that was sent to Tesla recruiting employees in February. “All headcount requests from the business must get Elon approval,” the email said. Tesla has more than 40,000 employees.

7. UK Members of Parliament have voted to reject a no-deal Brexit. It’s another devastating blow to Prime Minister Theresa May’s authority, who was forced to hold the votes after her Brexit deal was defeated for a second time on Tuesday evening (GMT).

8. Kathmandu, the outdoor gear seller, is investigating a month-long data breach where an unidentified party breached its network. The hacker, or hackers, may have stolen sensitive customer information.

9. Actress Felicity Huffman was released on a $US250,000 bond and forced to surrender her passport amid the ongoing college admissions scandal. The “Desperate Housewives” and “American Crime” actress was among the nearly 50 people who were charged in the FBI’s investigation of massive bribery, money laundering, and document fabrication scheme designed to get students admitted to colleges.

10. Google cofounder Larry Page threatened to leave in 2011 if the company didn’t find a way to keep him in control. That’s according to newly unsealed court docs that were reported on by Bloomberg.

BONUS: Things appear to be going well over in the UK.

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