Australia’s media landscape is currently locked in a battle to define its very existence, but the biggest story on reader’s minds has been about (surprise surprise) Donald Trump.
The button, mounted upon a large wooden box, sat beside two phones on Donald Trump’s desk.
And when Mr Trump pressed the red button, a butler would emerge from another room, carrying a bottle of Diet Coke on a silver platter.
It seems even after he has left office, the bemusement of a Trump presidency is ongoing.
The big stories in Australia
Google is threatening to pull its search function completely from Australia as debate rages over a new media code that would force the search giant to pay for news content.
News companies – including the publisher of this website – argued that companies like Google and Facebook are running a “monopoly” on the market and can squeeze out original content at will.
“It is now clear that through the actions of every Australian, we have successfully prevented a third wave of infections, a rare achievement given the significant increase in global cases,” Mr Morrison said today.
This was based on an update on the latest epidemiological data and medical advice from Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Michael Kidd who announced today Australia had gone six days in a row with no local transmission.
What else is happening around the world?
ASX drops after mid-week highs
– Aussie stocks have retreated after mid-week highs, closing the day down 0.34 per cent to 6,800 points.
– The day’s biggest stock gain was felt by Lynas Rare Earths, which gained a huge 13.7 per cent.
– The day’s biggest stock fall was felt by Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, which dropped 6.75 per cent.
– The Aussie dollar is currently buying 77.4 US cents, remaining stable over the past week.
– Cryptocurrency Bitcoin is currently sitting at $41,133 AUD per coin. Bitcoin has been shedding $2,000 to $3,000 worth of value every day.
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Readers on nine.com.au and 9News.com.au were clamouring to find out what Donald Trump wrote in his parting letter to Joe Biden.
Unfortunately for everyone – that remains private. But that didn’t stop us reading everything we could about it.
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Today was all about the Tokyo Olympics, after rumours were circulating that it was going to be cancelled again.
The Games, which were postponed from 2020 to 2021, are scheduled to be held in July and August.
“The Japanese government has privately concluded that the Tokyo Olympics will have to be cancelled because of the coronavirus,” The Times’ Richard Lloyd Parry wrote. “The focus is now on securing the Games for the city in the next available year, 2032.”
The Australian Olympic Committee said on Friday that it still expects the Tokyo Games to be held this year.
“Both Japanese Prime Minister (Yoshihide) Suga and IOC President (Thomas) Bach have this week strongly reaffirmed their commitment to the Tokyo Olympic Games going ahead in July this year,” the AOC said in a statement.
“The AOC is continuing its planning to ensuring the Australian Olympic Team arrives in Tokyo, competes and returns home safe and COVID-free.
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Source: 9News | World News