The majority of every state and territory in Australia has voted in favour of changing to legal definition of marriage to allow same-sex couples to wed, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced this morning.
The results of the national postal vote on the issue saw 61.6% of the all respondents voting ‘yes’ to changing the definition of marriage. Thirty-eight percent of respondents voted ‘no’, while only 17 electorates across the nation recorded a majority ‘no’ vote.
In a statement, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the Australian people have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a change, and he is committed to a promise to change the law accordingly by the end of the year.
“I intend to make their wish the law of the land by Christmas,” he said.
The people of Australia have spoken and I intend to make their wish the law of the land by Christmas. This is an overwhelming call for marriage equality. pic.twitter.com/PWZbH5H71r
— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) November 14, 2017
Click Frenzy speeds questioned
Shoppers had their mouses and phones at the ready at 7:00pm last night to find the best deals in this year’s Click Frenzy campaign, but not everyone was happy with the speed at which they could bag a bargain.
News.com.au reports shoppers complained it took too long to receive the confirmations of subscriptions needed to bag some deals, while slow internet speeds prevented them from nabbing the best deals before others.
I’d like to partake in #ClickFrenzy tonight, but my internet is with @Telstra and God knows, 3Mbps just won’t cut it. (Sadly, this is a ‘good’ day). Build more towers, #Telstra. I live in a major city. This is pretty shocking! pic.twitter.com/jGVAU9RtpD
— Aussie Julie (@AussieJulie) November 13, 2017
However, those who did manage to click on what they came for left the sale happy, with those scouting our deals on electronics finding success.
Yay confirmed for Xbox One. Super excited GL to everyone still looking for a deal ????????????#clickfrenzy
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— Emma (@EmMavis03) November 14, 2017
Could Musk step back from Tesla?
A high profile US short-seller has revealed he has upped his bets against the price of shares in car maker Tesla this year, predicting founder Elon Musk will leave the business by 2020.
Jim Chanos at Kynikos Associates told the room at a Reuters Global Investment Summit that the company has been valued based on Musk’s personality, rather than the potential of the business.
Chanos expects Musk will step back to focus on his SpaceX business over the next few years, which could cause problems for Tesla.
“[Musk] is the reason people own the stock,” he said.
So far, Tesla’s share price is up more than 40% compared with 12 months ago.