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

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the_briefing March 16, 2018

An end to Roman’s holiday

Roman Quaedvlieg has been sacked as Australian Border Force commissioner after a lengthy review found Quaedvlieg acted inappropriately in a personal relationship with a subordinate. In a statement, Governor-General Peter Cosgrove said the review found …

the_briefing March 15, 2018

White refugees in, brown refugees out

Home affairs minister Peter Dutton is considering allowing an immigration “fast-track” for white South African farmers applying for visas. Speaking to The Daily Telegraph yesterday, Dutton said “the people we’re talking about want to …

the_briefing March 14, 2018

Doyle harassed women, report finds

A Melbourne City Council investigation has found former lord mayor Robert Doyle sexually harassed two female councillors and created an “unsafe work environment”. Investigators found Doyle had drunkenly groped councillors Tessa Sullivan and Cathy …

the_briefing March 13, 2018

Labor targets the rich

Federal Labor will cancel cash refunds to taxpayers who claim tax credits on their dividends, potentially saving $5.6 billion a year. Opposition leader Bill Shorten will announce Labor’s intent to scrap the refunds in a speech to the Chifley Research …

the_briefing March 12, 2018

Queensland town protests refugee raid

The small Queensland town of Biloela has rallied to the defence of a Sri Lankan asylum seeker family that is set to be deported after being seized in an Australian Border Force raid. The Tamil couple, who married in 2014 after fleeing Sri Lanka, and their …

the_briefing March 09, 2018

Convictions for Stolen Generations overturned

Victoria’s Labor government will expunge historic criminal convictions given to Stolen Generations survivors. An NITV investigation in 2017 uncovered a systemic practice of Victorian police charging and convicting Indigenous children taken from their …

the_briefing March 08, 2018

Australia and Timor-Leste reach agreement

Australia and Timor-Leste have signed an agreement over a maritime border between the two countries, ending a 14-year dispute over rights to oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea. The deal, signed at the United Nations in New York City, grants Timor-Leste …

the_briefing March 07, 2018

New ‘super union’ gets green light

The Fair Work Commission has approved a merger between the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, the Maritime Union of Australia and the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia. The new union, which will begin operations on March …

the_briefing March 06, 2018

Australia training Myanmar military

Australia’s defence department plans to spend almost $400,000 training Myanmar’s military, the Tatmadaw, despite accusations of genocide against the country’s Rohingya minority. Defence will spend $398,000 on English lessons and Myanmar’s participation …