That’s all for this morning, folks. Thanks for joining me. Hope you’re enjoying your big daily dose of live news.
At 10.30am, Chris Hammer and Labor MP Ed Husic will discuss ALP reform and the unions royal commission on Breaking Politics.
A quick look at the weather: Another cloudy one for Sydney, with a top of 24 degrees. It’s nearly 20 degrees right now.
‘‘The Queensland LNP has tried to wash its hands of the stench of corruption by returning the $5000 from Australian Water Holdings more than six years later ('' 'Mr Newman had a price' '', April 8). But has it returned the money it made from the six-year interest-free loan from this Dodgy Brothers privatisation scam?’’ says Adam Nelson from Katoomba.
‘‘At $5000 a sitting, is this the most expensive serving of Campbell's (soup) in Australia?’’ writes Jeff Marsh from Dulwich Hill.
And here's a wide-angle shot of China Diner.
The one restauarnt group in Sydney has China Doll, China Beach and China Lane. Gees, they must be onto a good thing, because now they’ve launched China Diner (77-79 Hall Street, Bondi Beach).
‘‘From the ''Smalls'' section come prawn and sweet pea har gau dumplings ($4 each) that are more generous than elegant, the double-decker filling encased in well-made pastry,’’ writes Terry Durack in a review for Good Food. ‘‘A Suzy Wong cocktail of watermelon, gin, chartreuse and oh-so-fragrant kaffir lime ($16) from mixologist Quynh Van Nguyen paves the way to an organic, intriguingly peachy Switch chardonnay ($12/$50) from the Adelaide Hills.’’
Go-to dish: Five-spice duck pancakes with hoisin, shallot and cucumber $25.Back to top
Children who grow up in poverty or an unstable family show early signs of genetic ageing that may make them more vulnerable to certain diseases, says a US study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Telomeres, the protective caps that prevent the ends of chromosomes from unravelling over time, were shorter in children who had a severely disadvantaged upbringing compared with children from privileged backgrounds, writes our science editor Nicky Phillips.
Buses on Routes 615X and T64 are delayed up to 15 minutes due to heavy traffic on Windsor Road in Kellyville.
Buses on Route T70 are delayed up to 30 minutes in Bella Vista due to heavy traffic on Norwest Boulevard and Old Windsor Road.
Now some good news for Battlestar Galactica fans. Universal is resurrecting plans for a movie reimagining of the popular sci-fi TV show, reports Variety. Though some fans are unsure about how they feel. Best to leave a good thing alone?
In other news BSG is being rebooted again, and I doooonnn't… thiiiiiink… I waaaant that? Yeah nah http://t.co/wHFVkeecOp— Liam Dryden (@LiamDrydenEtc) April 8, 2014
I'm conflicted about this 'Battlestar Galactica' movie thingy. http://t.co/eUT4ylOdYa— Angela Watercutter (@WaterSlicer) April 8, 2014
Twenty-two years on from its introduction, just as popular trends change, so has superannuation.
These days, people seek a lot more options for how their super is invested, writes Emily Chantiri for Money’s cover story. The CEO of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia sees the increase in choice over how people manage their retirement savings as one of the biggest changes in superannuation in the past two decades.
Ian Thorpe’s manager James Erskine has brushed off concerns the swimming great could lose the use of his left arm as ‘‘nonsense’’.
‘‘That’s just people making that up, I mean that’s just nonsense,’’ he said on the Today show. ‘‘He’s under very good supervision and he’s battling and he’s unlucky."
Thorpe’s friend, Alan Jones, said: ‘‘There may well be restricted movement - minor in a sense in the left shoulder.’’ And as far as swimming competitively again: ‘‘Well, that was never on anyway, so his swimming days are over."Back to top
Customers travelling from the city on the Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra Line should allow extra travel time due to urgent signalling repairs at Erskineville station.
The 8:39 Bondi Junction to Mortdale station service is cancelled due to train requiring mechanical issues at Mortdale earlier.
A stalled car is slowing down southbound traffic on General Holmes Drive near M5 East Motorway On Ramp in Mascot. Traffic is queued back to Southern Cross Drive.
A two-car prang is affecting eastbound traffic on The Horsley Drive near Justin Street in Smithfield.
China does not have the right to unilaterally establish an air defence zone over disputed islands with no consultation, the US has told the Asian superpower.
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel told his Chinese counterpart that they will protect Japan, the Philippines and other allies locked in disputes with China, as laid out in US treaty obligations.
Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan bit back, saying his country will use its military if needed to safeguard its territory. He added, the US must "stay vigilant" against Japan's actions and "not be permissive and supportive" of Tokyo.
Tony Abbott will fly to China today to work towards a trade deal with China by the end of the year, his self-imposed deadline, the AFR reports.
The unions aren’t showing a united front ahead of the royal commission into its practices.
The inquiry could lead to positive changes and boost worker productivity, MBA honcho Wilhelm Harnisch said on ABC Radio. ‘‘Recent evidence indicates the unions have been emboldened to go back to their bad behaviours.’’
But ACTU secretary Dave Oliver is convinced the inquiry is part of the federal government’s aim to weaken the power of unions. Abbott was delivering for “radical ideologues that hate unions’’, he said last night.
The Royal Commission into trade union governance and corruption begins today in Sydney.
The business sector hopes it will lead to changes in workplace relations and practices and help lift productivity. But unions have labelled it a politically motivated witch hunt.
The Health Services Union, Australian Workers Union, Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union, Electrical Trades Union and Transport Workers Union will be scrutinised.Back to top
Adam Scott will open his Masters defence paired with PGA Championship winning American Jason Dufner and US Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick. The group gets underway at 12.41am local time on Friday.
''I think Adam’s got a very good chance, but he’ll be under a lot more pressure than last year when he kind of flew under the radar. There’ll be a lot more expectation on him, a lot more talk,’’ said Greg Norman.
Here’s a wrap of the top financial headlines from around the world:
- The European Union says it has appealed to the WTO over Russia’s ban of pork exports from the 28-nation bloc.
- The IMF has cut its growth forecast for the global economy, pointing to the threat from the Ukraine crisis and the slowdown in major emerging economies.
- In the US, regulators are acting to require banks to build a sturdier financial base to lessen the risk that they could collapse and cause a global meltdown.
- Indonesia’s central bank has held its key interest rate at 7.50 per cent for the fifth consecutive month as inflation slowed and the trade balance improved in Southeast Asia’s top economy.
Tony Abbott has declared North Korea as a ‘‘rogue’’ and ‘‘outlaw’’ state, ahead of his tour of the de-facto border barrier running along the 38th parallel north on the Korean peninsula.
‘‘The regime is a deadly danger to its neighbour. Until such times as North Korea gives up its nuclear ambitions, until North Korea permanently ends its aggression, it must be treated as a rogue and outlaw state,’’ he said.
Game of Thrones fans, you’ll love this. HBO has extended the series by another two seasons. No surprise, considering its record-breaking ratings.
This renewal will make the fantasy drama HBO’s longest running originally scripted show currently on air, says The Hollywood Reporter.
"Game of Thrones is a phenomenon like no other," said programming president Michael Lombardo. "David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with their talented collaborators, continue to surpass themselves, and we look forward to more of their dazzling storytelling."