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

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the_briefing March 01, 2018

Cash withdraws ‘disgraceful’ remarks

Jobs and innovation minister Michaelia Cash has been forced to withdraw a threat to expose details of “rumours” involving young women working in opposition leader Bill Shorten’s office. During an exchange with Labor Senator Doug Cameron in Senate …

the_briefing February 28, 2018

Woolworths pubs profile problem gamblers

Staff at pubs owned by supermarket giant Woolworths have been ordered to record and share personal information about gamblers in an effort to keep them in gaming rooms longer and lose more money on poker machines. Fairfax reports that two former staff …

the_briefing February 27, 2018

McCormack becomes new deputy PM

Riverina MP Michael McCormack has become Australia’s 19th deputy prime minister after winning a National Party leadership ballot on Monday morning. Mackay MP George Christensen posed an unsuccessful last-minute challenge to McCormack’s candidacy, …

the_briefing February 26, 2018

Racial tensions resurface in Kalgoorlie

Hundreds of people have marched in the Western Australian town of Kalgoorlie in protest at the possible release of the man who killed a 14-year-old boy. Elijah Doughty died in 2016 after being run over by a 56-year-old man in a four-wheel-drive, pursuing …

the_briefing February 23, 2018

Harassment claim filed against Joyce

A formal complaint of sexual harassment has been made against deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce. In a statement yesterday, National Party federal president Larry Anthony confirmed to The Daily Telegraph ($) that a Western Australian woman involved …

the_briefing February 22, 2018

Tennant Creek demands action after assault

Community members in the Northern Territory town of Tennant Creek gathered to demand political action and accountability yesterday after a two-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted on Tuesday. Acting chief minister Nicole Manison and police commissioner …

the_briefing February 21, 2018

Joyce loses WA Nationals support

Deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce has lost the support of the Western Australian National Party, deepening the leadership crisis that has engulfed the federal Nationals. In a statement, WA Nationals leader Mia Davies said “the Nationals brand across …

the_briefing February 20, 2018

Shorten backtracks on Adani

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has left open the possibility that a Labor government would allow the Carmichael coal mine in central Queensland to go ahead. Speaking in Townsville yesterday as part of a tour of marginal Queensland electorates, Shorten …

the_briefing February 19, 2018

Turnbull and Joyce meet

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce have met in Sydney for the first time since publicly excoriating each other in the wake of Joyce’s infidelity. Speaking to the media on Sunday, Turnbull said there were “no issues …