Up to 100 million expected to watch Clinton’s first head-to-head with Trump

1. Debate night is here

It’s on at 11am AEST and you don’t have go any further than the Sydney Morning Herald or your Fairfax website for the liveblog and broadcast. (It’s on at 2am in London and yes, I’ll definitely be staying up/getting up so join me on Twitter @latikambourke)

It’s a 90-minute affair and the first time we see Clinton and Trump on-stage, face-to-face.  [Five things to watch] Up to 100 million people are expected to tune in in the US alone across a range of networks and streaming platforms.

There’s a huge gulf in the expectations on the candidates going in to the debate, with no doubt the “heat is on Hillary”.

“She will have to answer every single question flawlessly, exude gravitas…not cough, wear an acceptable pantsuit, smile enough, be likeable, not laugh and have a good hair day. Donald Trump will just have to show up,'” an Ohio Democrat told reporter Steven Shepard. [Politico]

Guests lists are out. Trump has invited a survivor of the attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, which Republicans blame Clinton for, and a Gold Star mother – an apparent admission that his attack on a Muslim Gold star family who appeared at the Democratic convention cost him.

Clinton’s asked along a 9/11 survivor, a domestic violence survivor, a woman with cerebral palsy who has long worked with Clinton, and a pen pal of Clinton’s during her time as First Lady. [The Hill]

Trump excelled in the crowded Republican debates. Photo: Bloomberg

How Trump and Clinton deal with each other is going to be fascinating. We know Clinton’s style, having participated in numerous debates against Obama and Bernie Sanders. Trump really shot to prominence in the Republican primary debates but has no experience in a one-on-one with a single political rival.

Their temperament will be more closely watched than in any other debate. And there are predictions this will be the most watched political event, ever. [The Economist]

Trump has already attacked the moderator for being a Democrat, even though he’s a registered Republican. [Josphine Tovey/Fairfax]

Meanwhile, Donald Trump in office would be constrained by the US political system, writes Conservative Australian Senator Cory Bernadi who is on a study tour to the United Nations. [News Corp]  2. Aus politics

Education minister Simon Birmingham. Photo: Q&A

Newspoll: Coalition’s primary is below 40 per cent. This is for the first time under Malcolm ­Turnbull’s prime ministership and lower then what it was when Turnbull cited Abbott’s performance in the polls as a key reason for knifing him. [Philip Hudson/The Australian]

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham says some private schools are “over-funded” by the Commonwealth and could lose some funding if there is agreement with the states and territories. [Georgina Mitchell/Fairfax]

Labor has signalled the direction of at least some its punches ahead of next week’s inquiry featuring the CEOs of Australia’s big banks. MP Pat Conroy will demand to know why Australian banks’ profits are so high – boosted by higher returns on equities compared with other countries. [Joanna Mather/Financial Review]

Cabinet is set to consider a compromise/backdown on another of Joe Hockey’s budget savings measures – a plan to make foreign holiday workers pay more tax aka “The Backpacker Tax.” [Michelle Grattan/The Conversation]

Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Bill Shorten has fallen out of the mainstream if he really can’t understand why 49 per cent of Australians support banning Muslim immigration, writes former Labor leader Mark Latham. [Daily Telegraph]

Three cross benchers are urging anyone in the pokie industry to leak to them so they can reveal the information in parliament under privilege. Senator Nick Xenophon says he’s already received a USB with data from a pokie machine. [James Thomas/ABC]

The Permanent Court of Arbitration has agreed take up the long-running dispute between East Timor and Australia over disputed territory rich in oil and gas. The decision to hear the case is against Australia’s position. [ABC]  3. Disney to buy Twitter?

Imagine a world where Disney owns a major live-news distribution service in an increasingly streaming-orientated world.

Disney is evaluating a bid for Twitter, reports Bloomberg. [Read]  4. Labour’s civil war continues

Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: Getty Images

The Labour party’s defence spokesman Clive Lewis has launched a blistering attack on leader Jeremy Corbyn’s disarmament position on nuclear weapons.

Earlier Corbyn’s spin-man Seamus Milne doctored Lewis’s autocue to remove a reference to nuclear weapons, just minutes before Lewis began his address to the party conference underway in Liverpool. [Politico EU]

The other big story of the conference on Monday was Shadow Treasurer John McDonnell’s pledge to raise the minimum wage. [BBC]

“We’ll charge a new Living Wage Review Body with the task of setting it at the level needed for a decent life. Independent forecasts suggest that this will be over £10 (about $17) per hour,” he said.

The minimum wage in the UK is currently £7.20 ($12.20) and is set to rise to £9 ($15.30) by 2020 under April’s New Living Wage.

Australia’s minimum wage, which is set by the independent Fair Work Commission” is currently $17.70 per hour.  5. Russia rejects criticism over Syria

Russia has hit back at Britain and the United States, who both accused Moscow of war crimes over the bombing of a UN aid convoy last week. Russia says the tone and rhetoric is “unacceptable” and might damage efforts aimed at ending Syria’s five-year civil war.  [BBC]

A Russian news agency is carrying comments by the German Foreign Minister Martin Schaefer saying a long-term no-fly zone over Syria is impossible. [Tass]

Australia is calling for the US and Russia to consider leaving Syria altogether.  [Primrose Riordan/Financial Review]  6. A Cat wins a Brownlow

Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats poses after winning the 2016 Brownlow Medal. Photo: Quinn Rooney

A 26-year man named Patrick Dangerfield, who is also known as a “cat” won a very important medal called “The Brownlow” for playing with a football. [Jon Pierik/The Age]

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