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ASX up, stamp duty ditched and 5 other things to start your day

The ASX board showing company price changes and the roofs of houses overlooking the Sydney CBD.
The ASX bis expected to rise today and stamp duty laws change in NSW. (Source: Getty)

ASX: The local sharemarket is expected to open higher this morning after US stocks surged overnight.

Busy schedule: Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is set to meet with key leaders as nations around the world grapple with rising inflation, supply chain difficulties and the pandemic recovery.

And, apparently, the Prime Minister wants Australia to demonstrate a calm, mature and collaborative leadership approach in the face of these challenges.

Charge ‘er up: Aussies who own an electric vehicle will be able to “fill up” along more highways after another five vehicle charging stations opened in regional areas.

The fast-charging equipment has been installed along the Mitchell, Kamilaroi and Bruxner Highways and is part of a $3 million program being rolled out by the NSW government in partnership with NRMA.

Medibank hack: The hackers behind the Medibank data theft have thumbed their noses at the Federal Government after being warned the "smartest and toughest" people in Australia are coming after them.

The ransomware group allegedly behind the hack overnight claimed they had released more sensitive details of customers' medical records on the dark web.

Stamped out: First home buyers in NSW will now be able to choose between paying an annual land tax or a lump sum stamp duty after Premier Dominic Perrottet's signature tax reform became a reality.

Legislation to give first home buyers the option to pay an annual tax on all properties up to $1.5 million passed the parliament on Thursday.

Remember: More than a century after the end of World War I, the thousands of Australians who were killed there and in later conflicts will be remembered across the country today.

People will pause at 11:00 to mark Remembrance Day and commemorate the Australians who lost their lives in wars and peacekeeping operations.

Worker woes: In his first email to Twitter employees Elon Musk has said remote work will no longer be allowed and that all employees will be expected in the office for at least 40 hours per week.

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