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Former senator Derryn Hinch (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

World markets presenting with flu-like symptoms

The Australian share market continues to shake itself into rubble. After a crash of nearly 10% on Wall Street last night and big falls across Europe, the ASX200 dropped more than 7% in the first 15 minutes of trading this morning, adding to the $551 billion already lost in the past three weeks.

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As we were all recovering from the news that Australia had given Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson the virus, incorrigible gossip and former senator/Crikey contributor Derryn Hinch tweeted out: "I’m hearing a federal minister has tested positive. Cancelled meetings tomorrow."

There's some irony in a man usually so happy to name names (who can forget his first Senate speech?) suddenly being so taciturn.