Alex McKinnon
is Schwartz Media's morning editor, and a former editor of Junkee.

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the_briefing December 12, 2017

Dutton: Manus threats are ‘propaganda’

Immigration minister Peter Dutton has claimed that refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island lied about being threatened by locals, despite video evidence validating their stories. Videos given to Guardian Australia by refugees show a man making death …

the_briefing December 11, 2017

Dastyari warned Plibersek off meeting

Labor Senator Sam Dastyari urged deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek not to meet with a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist in 2015. Fairfax reports that Plibersek met with Joseph Cheng Yu-shek while visiting Hong Kong as Labor’s foreign affairs spokesperson, …

the_briefing December 08, 2017

Australia finally gets it done

It’s done. Marriage equality is now law. Liberal Senator Dean Smith’s bill passed the House of Representatives at about 6pm yesterday, with only four MPs voting against it. Speaking at Parliament House, former Australian Marriage Equality national …

the_briefing December 07, 2017

#MeToo takes Person of the Year

Time magazine has named “The Silence Breakers” who started the #MeToo movement against sexual assault as 2017’s most influential “person”. Time cited the experiences and testimony of actors Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Alyssa …

the_briefing December 06, 2017

Home Affairs Minister Dutton

Attorney-General George Brandis has confirmed immigration minister Peter Dutton will take up the new home affairs “super ministry” on December 17. The home affairs portfolio, announced in July, will give Dutton sweeping powers over Australia’s intelligence, …

the_briefing December 05, 2017

Government loses Manus vote

The government has lost a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives, with the lower house passing a motion urging the government to accept New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s offer to resettle 150 refugees held on Manus Island. Trade …

the_briefing December 04, 2017

Joyce returns to Parliament

Deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce has been re-elected after convincingly winning the New England byelection. Joyce won more than 60 per cent of the vote as the Nationals candidate, with none of the other 16 contenders garnering more than 12 per cent. …

the_briefing December 01, 2017

Actors back Rush allegation

Two actors that worked alongside Geoffrey Rush during a 2015-16 theatre production have backed the actor accusing Rush of “inappropriate behaviour”. Sydney’s Daily Telegraph reported ($) yesterday that the Sydney Theatre Company had received …

the_briefing November 30, 2017

Second Dastyari leak airs

Labor Senator Sam Dastyari is under pressure to resign after an audio recording of a speech in which he contradicted Labor’s position on the South China Sea was leaked to the media. In the recording, Dastyari speaks at length on how “the Chinese integrity …