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5 things you need to know today

1. The latest Newspoll published by The Australian has put Scott Morrison ahead of Bill Shorten as the preferred Prime Minister, 42% to 36%. Labor also beat the Coalition in the two-party preferred vote for the 40th consecutive time, 56% to 44%.

2. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has told the ABC that "no one is more disappointed" than him that the National Energy Guarantee had been declared "dead" by Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Labor has alleged electricity prices will rise by hundreds of dollars as a result of the plan being scrapped.

3. Donald Trump has threatened to impose an additional US$267 billion of tariffs on Chinese goods imported into the US, bringing the total amount of threatened tariffs to US$517 billion, more than the US$505 billion worth of goods imported last year.

4. Serena Williams has been fined US$17,000 for code violations in her match against Japan's Naomi Osaka over the weekend. Williams, who lost to Osaka 6-2 6-4, received three code violations for coaching, breaking her racquet and verbal abuse of the chair umpire.

5. A study by the University of Central Florida has argued that Pluto should be reclassified as a planet. The International Astronomical Union adjusted its definition of a planet back in 2006, which saw Pluto classified as a "dwarf planet".

Published on: Monday, September 10, 2018

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