The Informer: Trump's fake fix called out

Trump's fake fix, Cartier watches under scrutiny

You've heard the term "senate estimates", but do you really know what goes on?

Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate is probably more familiar with the hearings that allow senators to scrutinise how the executive government is spending taxpayers' money than she'd ever like.

Ms Holgate today defended the purchase of luxury watches valued at $12,000 for employees who brokered a deal with Australian banks.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was "so appalled and shocked" by the revelations, an investigation into the scandal was organised pronto.

Ms Holgate claimed no taxpayers money had been used, but stepped aside for the inquiry to do its thing.

More details of the post office's largesse were revealed via culture manager Susan Davies and The Canberra Times. From "thank you payments" to 34,500 frontline workers to 67 general managers who shared in $10.1 million in bonuses.

While we're talking about reasonably big numbers ... imagine having 63 million doses of a drug which could stop a pandemic in its tracks. In all likelihood you would be universally lauded.

Now imagine you jumped the gun, the drug had not completed clinical testing but you filled the shelves anyway.

Now imagine federal agencies have revoked the drug and those 63 million doses have "no clinical use".

Yup, that's hydroxychloroquine, for you. Yup, the drug touted by US President Donald Trump as the answer to (his words) "the China virus".

Let clinical pharmacologist and University of Newcastle researcher, Professor Jennifer Martin, walk you through the scenario. She's also the co-director of the National Centre for Drug Repurposing and Medicines Research.

The professor wants the COVID-19 response to be a learning moment. For everyone - especially decision-makers. Read more here.

If the US presidential debates are your thing, you, no doubt, have an alarm set for noon Friday. Yes - it's on again.

The 90-minute debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden will be divided into six 15-minute segments, each on a topic selected by host NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker.

She chose the talking points. They are: fighting COVID-19, American families, race in America, climate change, national security and leadership.

The mute button will be in play during the two minutes the men have on those subjects. It won't feature in the "open discussion" portion of the debate.

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