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Brekky Wrap: 'Emma' Shows The Grim Future Of Office Workers

All the news you need to know this Friday.

In 20 years, an average office worker will have a hunched back, protruding stomach, thick varicose veins and red eyes, according to researchers. 'Emma' was made to show what desk-bound workers could look like in the future unless big changes to the work environment were made. "Unless we make radical changes to our working lives, such as moving more, addressing our posture at our desks, taking regular walking breaks or considering improving our work station set up, our offices are going to make us very sick," William Higham, the author of the Work Colleague Of The Future report warned.

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Sydney is set to swelter through 36-degree heat today. There is a very high fire danger warning across much of the state, with total fire bans in place for four separate areas.  Currently, there are more than 40 bushfires burning across NSW.

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It’s been revealed the 39 people found dead in a refrigerated truck near London were Chinese. A Northern Island man, 25, is being questioned by police but charges are yet to be laid. Authorities are working to establish if organised crime groups are involved.

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UK Truck Victims Were Chinese Nationals: Police

The 39 people found dead in the back of a truck east of London were Chinese citizens, British police have confirmed.

Truck driver Mo Robinson is being questioned by police. Image: Facebook/PA

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has agreed to give MPs more time to debate his Brexit deal if they agree to a December election. It’s the PM’s third attempt to send Brits to the polls. But Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would not support a snap election until a no-deal Brexit is ‘off the table’.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the only way to break the Brexit impasse is a general election, and he will ask parliament to approve a national poll for December 12.

Hundreds of tourists have flocked to Uluru, desperate to climb the landmark before it closes permanently. From tomorrow, anyone who tries to scale the rock will be slapped with a fine of up to $10,000. The traditional owners will celebrate the closing with a ceremony on Sunday.

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All Evidence Of Uluru Climb To Be Removed When Ban Starts

A mild 33-degree forecast for Friday means Uluru is likely to be open to climbers and in potentially big numbers on its final day before a permanent ban.

A blanket ban on climbing Uluru begins on Saturday. Image: Getty

The racehorse industry will be plunged into the spotlight today. The federal Agriculture Minister will meet with state counterparts to discuss the treatment of retired racehorses. It comes amid allegations of animal cruelty.

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An urgent inquiry into the welfare of retired racehorses will be held after allegations of animal abuse aired in a TV report, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced.

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Two workers linked to a medically-supervised injecting room in Melbourne have been charged with drug trafficking. The 36-year-old woman and 49-year-old man were among six people charged yesterday. Both are community outreach workers whose job is to bring drug users into contact with the facility and treatment options.

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In sport, the Prime Ministers XI have claimed a one-wicket T20 win over Sri Lanka in Canberra. Harry Nielsen starred for the Aussies, hitting 79 off 49 balls and taking three catches.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison congratulates Harry Nielsen of the Prime Ministers XI on the win Image: Michael Dodge via AAP