Morning Buzz: Australian internet lags behind

Good morning and welcome to the Morning Buzz for Thursday, October 5. Temperatures are expected to hit 26 in the city today with a slightly warmer yet cloudy day in the west. Enjoy your day!

Australia has slower internet than Kenya

As customers switch over to the NBN, frustration with download speeds is boiling over. Photo: Shutterstock.com

As customers switch over to the NBN, frustration with download speeds is boiling over. Photo: Shutterstock.com

The $49 billion National Broadband Network was meant to spearhead a digital revolution. Instead, the botched project risks becoming a poster child for government mismanagement.

Australia's biggest-ever infrastructure investment has turned into a political football, plagued by cost overruns and construction delays. With the network years behind the original schedule and only about half finished, Australia has slumped to 50th place on a global ladder of internet speeds, behind Kenya and a string of former Soviet bloc nations. Read more.

Melbourne measles outbreak spreads to Sydney

Sydney health authorities are on high alert after two people were diagnosed with measles after visiting multiple public spaces in the city's north and south. 

Melbourne is in the grip of an outbreak of the highly infectious condition, with 11 cases recorded in the past fortnight after infectious people visited a number of crowded areas including the MCG, central business district and Melbourne Airport. Read more.

Hope Christian School demolition almost complete

Going, going, gone: The only remaining building at the old Hope Christian School site school is the former library.

Going, going, gone: The only remaining building at the old Hope Christian School site school is the former library.

Demolition works have started at the site of the old Hope Christian School in Narellan.

The Richardson Road site is slated to become a school for children with special needs. Read more.

Students offering up to $10,000 for UNSW summer spots

A UNSW law student said money being offered for places in classes that quickly fill up is "common practice". Photo: Louie Douvis

A UNSW law student said money being offered for places in classes that quickly fill up is "common practice". Photo: Louie Douvis

Students are offering other students up to $10,000 for a place in post-graduate law classes at UNSW, amid complaints that courses frequently fill up within a minute after online enrolments open.

Posts offering money for places started appearing on Facebook after 9am on Tuesday, when the online process for students to secure a spot in summer classes began.

It is understood that places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and all summer classes were full minutes after 9am. Read more.

A student offered to pay $1000 for a place in a UNSW juris doctor summer class.

A student offered to pay $1000 for a place in a UNSW juris doctor summer class.

Charity to support R U OK? campaign in the lead up to Christmas

Fly High Billie was created by the Kinder family in memory of Billie Kinder who was killed in a freak horse accident in 2016. Picture: Supplied

Fly High Billie was created by the Kinder family in memory of Billie Kinder who was killed in a freak horse accident in 2016. Picture: Supplied

Hawkesbury charity Fly High Billie will donate all money raised from the sale of its books and greeting cards between now and Christmas to suicide prevention charity R U OK?.

Fly High Billie (which is currently in the process of becoming a registered charity) was set-up by the Kinder family of Pitt Town, in memory of their beloved daughter and sister Billie who was killed in a freak horse accident in May last year when she was 12 years old. Read more.

Yes vote unbeatable 'unless a lot of people are straight out lying'

"Yes" supporters at the Pride Festival Rally in Brisbane last month.

"Yes" supporters at the Pride Festival Rally in Brisbane last month.

Australians appear to be unmoved by anti-same-sex marriage warnings of creeping gender ideology, social destruction, or sexual confusion, with the case for change surging ahead.

With more than a month to go in the government's controversial postal survey, an aggregation of public polling and some recent unpublished research shows the "yes" case for legalising same-sex marriage has maintained its strong lead among ordinary voters. Read more.

Shire gets its first ‘vertical pub’

December opening: James Prowse (left) and Simon Johnston (Feros Group) and Kristy Paltridge (publicist) on the top level terrace of the new Highfield Caringbah. Picture Chris Lane

December opening: James Prowse (left) and Simon Johnston (Feros Group) and Kristy Paltridge (publicist) on the top level terrace of the new Highfield Caringbah. Picture Chris Lane

Sutherland Shire’s first “vertical pub”, Highfield Caringbah, is on track to open in early December.

The hotel will have similar styling, but will be significantly different to The Prince at Kirrawee, which was also built by the Feros Group.Read more.

Sisters of Las Vegas gunman's girlfriend break silence

Marilou Danley, an Australian woman initially sought in relation to the Las Vegas shooting. She was overseas at the time and is not believed to be involved. Photo: Facebook

Marilou Danley, an Australian woman initially sought in relation to the Las Vegas shooting. She was overseas at the time and is not believed to be involved. Photo: Facebook

The sisters of the Las Vegas gunman's Australian girlfriend, Marilou Danley, say she holds the key to shedding light on the motive behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Fifty-eight people were killed and more than 500 injured when Nevada man Stephen Paddock, 64, fired on people at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival from his 32nd floor room at the Mandalay Bay hotel late Sunday evening local time. Read more.

Dragons, Tigers split on suburban home ground strategies

Back home: The Dragons will return games to Kogarah and Wollongong next year. Photo: AAP

Back home: The Dragons will return games to Kogarah and Wollongong next year. Photo: AAP

The Dragons will be the first club to grant the wish of TV broadcasters and play more NRL games in smaller stadiums, increasing the amount of fixtures at their spiritual bases as the Tigers reduce their matchday presence at Leichhardt and Campbelltown.

St George Illawarra will scrap a permanent home-game presence at ANZ Stadium, increasing their allocation of fixtures at Kogarah and Wollongong to five games each in 2018. 

It comes a week after Fairfax Media revealed rights holders Fox Sports and Nine have approached the state government and NRL about prioritising upgrades of suburban grounds and Allianz Stadium to create a more intimate TV product. Read more.

James Tedesco's license to Rome

James Tedesco was a surprise omission from the Kangaroos squad. Photo: AAP

James Tedesco was a surprise omission from the Kangaroos squad. Photo: AAP

NSW Origin fullback James Tedesco called the Italian World Cup team offering his services within hours of being left out of Australia's squad.

Tedesco has previously made three appearances for the Azzurri, but coach Cameron Ciraldo admits he had already written off the 24-year-old for the upcoming tournament. Read more.

Who's in the box seat for a bumper 2018 NRL season?

Billy Slater was one of seven Melbourne Storm players named in the Kangaroos squad. Picture: Peter Rae

Billy Slater was one of seven Melbourne Storm players named in the Kangaroos squad. Picture: Peter Rae

On this week’s podcast, we give our thoughts on the Melbourne Storm’s grand final win, the Kangaroos squad, and predict how teams will go next season.

This year’s grand final might have gone according to script for the Storm, who narrowly lost in 2016’s grand final to the Sharks.

Will they be able to back it up next season with a few changes pending on their roster? 

  • Check out our In The Clear NRL podcast here.

​Australian paceman James Pattinson ruled out of Ashes with back injury

Another setback: James Pattinson has been ruled out of the Ashes series. Photo: Jay Cronan

Another setback: James Pattinson has been ruled out of the Ashes series. Photo: Jay Cronan

Paceman James Pattinson will miss the Ashes after yet another flare up of the stress fractures in his back which has left his international career in limbo.

The 27-year-old hasn't represented Australia in any format since February last year due to recurring back and shin problems, and will now be rested indefinitely following his latest setback.

His latest injury robs Australia of its dream pace quartet against England this summer, which in a perfect world would have included a firing Pattinson alongside NSW trio Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins. Read more.

Supercars calendar 2018: Sydney night race locked in

Supercars last raced under lights in Abu Dhabi. Photo: Supplied

Supercars last raced under lights in Abu Dhabi. Photo: Supplied

Supercars will race under lights in 2018 after a night race was confirmed at Sydney Motorsport Park next August.

The 16-event championship calendar was released on Wednesday with the night race and a new event at the $110 million Tailem Bend circuit in South Australia the main changes.

The 2018 calendar also boasts a full championship round at the Australian Grand Prix for the first time.

The night race at Sydney Motorsport Park will be a 300-kilometre race from 7pm on August 4. Read more.

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