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Published on: Tuesday, March 19, 2019

1. Australian Prudential Regulation Authority chairman Wayne Byres has warned superannuation funds against financial activism, and wrote that the regulator "expects that trustees will carry out their role and meet their responsibilities free from the influence of sponsoring organisations or any other external parties".

2. Theresa May will not be able to bring her Brexit deal to parliament for a third vote without substantial changes, the Parliament's Speaker John Bercow has ruled.

3. France's civial aviation authority, the BEA, has said that there were "clear similarities" between the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crash on March 10 that killed 157 people and the Lion Air 737 Max 8 crash in October last year that left 189 people dead.

4. Wall Street stocks rose on Monday, with the Dow Jones index lifting 0.25% or 65.23 points to 25,914.10, the S&P 500 gained 0.37% to 2,832.94 points and the Nasdaq rose 0.34% to 7,714.48 points.

5. Following the Christchurch terror attack on Friday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has written to the G20 chairman, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, about the "un­restricted role played by internet technologies in this and other ­terrorist attacks". Morrison wrote that leaders need to "ensure that there are clear consequences, not only for those who carry out such horrific acts, but for those who facilitate them".


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