Alex McKinnon
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the_briefing June 06, 2019

AFP raids ABC

Australian Federal Police officers have raided the ABC’s Sydney headquarters over a series of stories documenting unlawful killing and misconduct by members of Australian special forces. The Afghan Files, aired and published in 2017, was produced using …

the_briefing June 05, 2019

Four killed in Darwin shooting

Four people have been killed in a shooting spree in Darwin. A 45-year-old man was arrested yesterday after the shooting of several people at Darwin’s Palms Hotel, before allegedly driving to several other locations and trying to enter police headquarters. …

the_briefing June 04, 2019

WA police call for justice reform

Western Australian police commissioner Chris Dawson has urged the state government to do more to keep Indigenous children and young people out of the criminal justice system. Speaking to Guardian Australia on Monday, Dawson voiced support …

the_briefing June 03, 2019

Albanese unveils shadow frontbench

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese has named federal Labor’s new frontbench team. Former leader Bill Shorten will take up the National Disability Insurance Scheme portfolio, while senator Kristina Keneally will become Labor’s first shadow home affairs …

the_briefing May 24, 2019

Queensland coal mine suspended

A proposed coal mine adjacent to Adani’s proposed Carmichael mine in central Queensland has been indefinitely mothballed after the Chinese consortium behind the project terminated its mining lease approvals process with the state government. The China …

the_briefing May 23, 2019

Queensland Labor swings behind Adani

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has begun signalling her support for Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin. Following federal Labor’s poor performance in central Queensland at the election on Saturday, where One Nation and United …

the_briefing May 22, 2019

Albanese, Bowen to face off

Shadow transport minister Anthony Albanese and shadow treasurer Chris Bowen will be among the contenders for the federal Labor leadership contest, which begins today. Bowen, who announced his candidacy on Tuesday, said he would refocus Labor on “the …

the_briefing May 21, 2019

Labor leadership contenders circle

Shadow transport minister Anthony Albanese is firming as the likely successor to federal Labor leader Bill Shorten, who announced his resignation on Saturday following the party’s election defeat. The Labor caucus will meet on Wednesday, where leadership …

the_briefing May 20, 2019

Morrison’s shock election win

Prime minister Scott Morrison has cited the “quiet Australians” for the Coalition’s upset election win, saying in a victory speech on Saturday that the result was “about every single Australian who depends on their government to put them first”. …