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5 things you need to know today

1. Labor has maintained its lead in the latest Guardian Essential poll, with the two-party-preferred vote at 51.5% to 48.5%. The Coalition remains ahead in the primary vote on 38.5%, followed by Labor on 36.2%, the Greens on 9.1%, One Nation on 6.6% and others and independents on 9.6%

2. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has told The Australian that he wants the election to be a choice between "aspiration and surrendering aspiration to government", while Opposition Leader Bill Shorten told The Australian that the election "is a choice between real change or more of the same cuts and chaos".

3. Donald Trump has declared a national emergency through an executive order to ban technology that poses a national security risk. While not specifically named, Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei would likely be prevented from being involved with the US 5G network under the order.

4. Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged that China will be more open in the future in his first public speech since both the US and China rose tariffs in the past week. "China in the future will take on an even more open stance to embrace the world," he said.

5. The Dow Jones rose by 0.45% to 25,648.02 overnight, the S&P 500 gained 0.58% to 2,850.96 and the Nasdaq close 1.13% higher to 7,822.15.

Published on: Thursday, May 16, 2019

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