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

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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 …

the_briefing November 29, 2017

Dastyari warned Chinese donor of surveillance

Labor Senator Sam Dastyari warned a prolific Labor donor with links to the Chinese Communist Party that his phone was likely being tapped by intelligence agencies. During a meeting at businessman Huang Xiangmo’s Mosman home last year, Dastyari told …

the_briefing November 28, 2017

Susie O’Neill joins Burke accusers

Former Olympic swimmer Susie O’Neill has joined the women accusing TV celebrity gardener Don Burke of sexual harassment. Speaking to Fairfax, O’Neill and her then-manager Nick Cummins described Burke making graphic sexual comments while interviewing …

the_briefing November 27, 2017

Don Burke’s Weinstein moment

Former Burke’s Backyard host Don Burke has been accused of sexually assaulting, harassing and bullying multiple women who worked with him. A joint Fairfax-ABC investigation, which interviewed former Channel Nine producers, crew members, researchers, …

the_briefing November 24, 2017

PNG authorities storm Manus

Papua New Guinea police and immigration authorities have stormed the former offshore detention centre compound on Manus Island, arresting Kurdish Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani and destroying refugee accommodation and possessions. Boochani, who has …

the_briefing November 23, 2017

Victoria set to pass euthanasia bill

Victoria’s upper house has passed a bill legalising voluntary euthanasia, becoming the first Australian state to authorise assisted dying. The laws will give patients in intolerable pain the right to pursue a doctor-assisted death from 2019. Emotional …

the_briefing November 22, 2017

Australia exploits foreign workers

Backpackers and international students are routinely being exploited across Australia, according to new research. The National Temporary Migrant Work Survey, conducted by researchers from the University of New South Wales and the University of Technology …

the_briefing November 21, 2017

Government cancels sitting week

The government has cancelled the next parliamentary sitting week for the House of Representatives, protecting itself from losing votes in the chamber while MPs Barnaby Joyce and John Alexander contest byelections. The government’s leader in the House, …

the_briefing November 20, 2017

Mugabe dismissed after 37 years

Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party has dismissed longtime leader Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace from the party, installing former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa as Zimbabwe’s new president. The ZANU-PF Central Committee said that Mugabe must step …