Our team just received this courtesy the Sydney Morning Herald as it is now officially Friday in Australia:
Friday, December 13, 2019
Good morning, here's what you need to know today. A daring recovery mission has begun to retrieve the bodies of eight people, mostly Australians, that have been on New Zealand's White Island since Monday's deadly eruption. Millions of people in Britain are casting their votes in the most significant general election in modern British history. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Scott Morrison will canvass a new global tax on internet giants with India's Narendra Modi and Japan's Shinzo Abe in January in an attempt to position Australia as a leader in digital regulation.
Grim journey back to volcano begins
A daring recovery mission has begun to retrieve the bodies of eight people, mostly Australians, that have been on New Zealand's White Island since Monday's deadly eruption.
Families of victims gathered by the waterfront in Whakatane, on the Bay of Plenty, and held a blessing at sea as the recovery operation was launched. New Zealand police have warned the plan is not foolproof and could endanger the lives of the eight-member special operations military unit carrying it out.
The bodies of six Australians are believed to still be on the island: Coffs Harbour couple Karla Matthews and Richard "Rick" Elzer; Brisbane mother and daughter Julie and Jessica Richards; Adelaide schoolgirl Zoe Hosking; and Melbourne woman Krystal Browitt.
Millions of people in Britain are casting their votes in the most significant general election in modern British history that pits newly installed Prime Minister Boris Johnson against Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn.
The poll will not only shape the future of Brexit and determine whether it will even be done but also deliver the public's verdict on Labour's manifesto that promises renationalisation of key utilities and a massive boost to public spending.
Australia's former top diplomat to the UK, Alexander Downer, has warned superannuation savings will be damaged if the final result does not provide investors with certainty over the fate of Brexit.
Signalling the Australian government would not shy away from tougher taxation on companies such as Facebook, Google and Uber, Mr Morrison yesterday accused digital multinationals of being "significant offenders" that had now got the message: "We are not going to put up with this".
Senior business columnist Stephen Bartholomeusz says the world is watching as the Morrison government takes on the digital giants.