Morning Mail: RBA interest rates decision due, Trump lands in New York, super explained in coffee

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Good morning. Over in the US, the nation is glued to the spectacle of the former president Donald Trump leaving his Florida base and arriving in New York, where late tonight (our time) he’s due to face court. And, here, it’s RBA day. With the May budget just weeks away, cost-of-living pressures are front of mind – the Guardian Essential Poll shows a majority of voters favour capping power prices, lifting wages and cheaper childcare. If that’s had you thinking (/worrying) about your super, we’ve launched a series unpacking the main things to know, plus tips for boosting your balance – more on that below.

First, let’s get into today’s headlines.


Barnaby Joyce, Gary Johns, Alan Jones and Pauline Hanson speak at a Recognise a Better Way event in Tamworth, NSW, to argue against an Indigenous voice to parliament.
Barnaby Joyce, Gary Johns, Alan Jones and Pauline Hanson speak at a Recognise a Better Way event in Tamworth, NSW, to argue against an Indigenous voice to parliament. Photograph: Tom Plevey


Donald Trump boards his plane at Palm Beach airport in Florida
Donald Trump boards his plane at Palm Beach airport in Florida. Photograph: Joe Cavaretta/AP

Full Story

For-lease signs in Sydney
The Greens want more funding for housing and a series of extra measures to ease pressure on renters across the country. Photograph: Blake Sharp-Wiggins/The Guardian

‘Chicken feed’: why the Greens are blocking Labor’s $10bn social housing plan

The government’s social housing bill has stalled in the Senate, due to deadlock with the Greens and other crossbenchers. Today on Full Story, our political reporter Amy Remeikis breaks down the opposition to the bill and whether the tough negotiations ahead could result in a more ambitious housing plan.


A chart explaining superannuation with cups of coffee
These coffees show why men have more cash in superannuation than women Illustration: Guardian Design

The compounding nature of superannuation means small losses early in your career can lead to big losses later on – but it also means voluntary contributions can make a big difference. Here, we show how that works – with lattes!

And reporter Matilda Boseley is here with five things you can do to supercharge your super right now.

Not the news

Ai Weiwei at his house in Portugal
Ai Weiwei at his house in Portugal. Photograph: Ricardo Lopes/The Guardian

After eventful stints in China, Germany and the UK, Ai Wei Wei is finding peace in Portugal. Steve Rose finds the artist easing into farmhouse life as he talks about Chinese might, western jealousy – and his urge to spend. Next up: a design show featuring 200,000 spouts from broken teapots and jugs.

The world of sport

Molly Picklum celebrates a win
Molly Picklum, a 20-year-old surfing prodigy from the Central Coast. Photograph: Tony Heff/World Surf League/Getty Images

Media roundup

As reported last night in the Australian, Anthony Albanese has signed off on banning TikTok in government devices after a “top security review”. According to the Fin, the US got a “heads-up” about Opec’s surprise decision to slash oil production. And the West Australian says, Australia and the UK are poised to sign a major critical minerals deal “to power a net zero future”.

What’s happening today

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