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ASX up, thousands strike and 5 other things to start your day

A composite image of the ASX board showing company price changes and a crowd of people.
The ASX is expected to open higher this morning and thousands of public sector workers will walk off the job. (Source: Getty)

ASX: The local share market is expected to rise this morning after US markets ticked higher overnight.

STRIKE! Public sector workers in Tasmania are set to walk off the job today as they push for better pay and conditions.

Public school teachers will leave work around lunchtime, joining health workers, firefighters, cleaners, child safety officers and others in strike action.

Large rallies are also planned today in Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie, with smaller meetings elsewhere.

Bad Santa? The ransomware group behind the Medibank attack has reportedly started posting stolen data on the dark web.

Hundreds of names, addresses, birthdays and Medicare details were posted under “good-list” and “naughty-list” on a blog. And, no, they haven’t explained the reason for the Christmas-themed lists.

Change of pace: Aussie veterinarians have been pushed to the “absolute brink” with 30 per cent planning to leave the industry in the next five years.

Vets have been struggling for some time, with research in June showing nearly 70 per cent of vets have lost a colleague or peer to suicide.

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Green-washing: In a major step for the climate, a powerful United Nations panel has revealed a plan to hold companies to their net-zero promises and stamp out greenwashing.

The expert panel warned there was no time left for disingenuous corporate behaviour.

Robodebt update: People who did not respond to debt notices issued under the failed robodebt scheme were assumed to owe the money, the royal commission was told.

The commission is investigating how the problematic scheme was rolled out despite departmental advice raising significant questions about its legality when it was proposed.

Effects of war: Russia's invasion of Ukraine has distracted world governments from efforts to combat climate change, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told the COP27 climate conference in Egypt.

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