1. Free trade agreement signed
China and Australia have signed a historic free trade agreement 10 years in the making.
The deal, signed yesterday, will cut tariffs across agricultural and processed food exports, open up opportunities for law firms, banking, insurance companies and funds managers in the Chinese market and is predicted to give beef producers an $11 billion boost.
The Australian reports that many resource exports will have reduced tariffs including Australian wine, car engines and pharmaceuticals.
2. Georgina Bartter funeral
The funeral of Sydney teenager Georgina Bartter yesterday heard that the 19-year-old who died tragically after taking ecstasy at the Harbourlife Festival was a beautiful and vibrant woman.
Georgina’s younger brother spoke of how his sister was his role model.
“She was perfectly imperfect,” he said.
One of her closest school friends described her as a “flurry of energy“ and a “bright spark”.
Her uncle who gave a eulogy said that her chances of having an allergic reaction to the drugs she took were just 0.00001%.
News Limited reports that he said, “She had a lapse of judgment. We didn’t miss any signs, there were no signs.”