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5 things you need to know today

1. Peter Dutton has been asked by the Labor party to explain if there were any links between the granting of a visa to a French au pair in 2015 and political donations. AFL boss Gillon McLachlan lobbied Dutton's office to help release the au pair, who was planning to work for McLachlan's second cousin Callum MacLachlan, from immigration detention. Callum MacLachlan's father has donated around $150,000 to the state and federal Liberal party branches since 1999.  

2. The Morrison Government has yet to appoint a new financial services minister to replace new Industrial Relations Minister Kelly O'Dwyer. The ABC reported it is also the first time since 2007 that there hasn't been a dedicated minister for the superannuation industry.

3. Donald Trump has alleged Google is rigging search results to only show stories stories from "Fake News Media" and not conservative news outlets. He also warned other technology companies, including Twitter and Facebook, to "be careful".

4. Russia is set to hold its biggest war games since the fall of the Soviet Union next month, involving 300,000 troops and more than 1,000 aircraft. Military units from China and Mongolia are also expected to participate.

5. Melbourne has woken to the coldest late winter morning since 1957, with the city dropping to 0.8 degrees just after 6am. Tullamarine Airport also hit -1.9 degrees this morning, its lowest recorded August temperature since 1986.

Published on: Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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