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3.03am GMT

Let’s go back to treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s press conference in Cairns this morning, in which he was talking up the tourism industry and also crushing hope of any extension of the jobkeeper program.

According to AAP, Frydenberg also said he would talk to Qantas boss Alan Joyce about bringing Qantas-branded flights from Japan to Cairns to recapture the Japanese tourist market (rather than just Jetstar flights, which is currently the carrier’s only option on the Japan-Cairns route).

I think it is really important to recapture that Japanese tourist market — it’s a lucrative market for Cairns.

Jetstar is obviously a different product. Qantas is more of a premium product and that is important for the Japanese tourist sector.

2.36am GMT

It would not be International Women’s Day without some depressing statistics about the Australian Securities Exchange.

There are just 10 female CEOs in the ASX200.

It is very encouraging to see the number of women directors continuing to increase. But it is disappointing that the number of female chairs and CEOs continues to languish.

The benefits of having more women in governance roles are well-established. More diverse boards make for better governed companies which is intrinsically linked to long-term shareholder value.

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Source: The Guardian