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

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the_briefing February 12, 2018

Closing the Gap report released

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will present the latest Closing the Gap report to Parliament today, while fending off claims the government has abandoned the strategy to address Indigenous disadvantage. The Close the Gap campaign criticised government …

the_briefing February 09, 2018

National apology for abuse survivors

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will deliver a national apology to victims of institutional child sexual abuse by the end of the year. Speaking on Thursday, Turnbull said he would use today’s Council of Australian Governments meeting to urge all premiers …

the_briefing February 08, 2018

Indigenous man dies after police encounter

An Indigenous man in Sydney has died after an encounter with NSW Police. Patrick Fisher, 31, fell 13 floors from a balcony at a Waterloo housing block yesterday after police entered the flat looking to take the man into custody. NSW Police has launched …

the_briefing February 07, 2018

Joyce and ex-staffer expecting baby

News Corp outlets have alleged ($) deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce is expecting a child with a former staffer. The former media adviser and Daily Telegraph journalist is reportedly due to give birth in April. The Daily Telegraph’s …

the_briefing February 06, 2018

New Senator shared anti-Muslim videos

New Liberal senator Jim Molan is under fire for sharing inflammatory and misleading anti-Islam videos from British far-right group Britain First. Fairfax reported on Molan’s promotion of the videos via his Facebook page just hours after Molan was sworn …

the_briefing February 05, 2018

Doyle resigns as Melbourne Lord Mayor

Robert Doyle has resigned as Lord Mayor of Melbourne and chair of Melbourne Health after multiple allegations of sexual harassment prompted an inquiry. Doyle took leave from the mayoralty in December after City of Melbourne councillor Tessa Sullivan resigned, …

the_briefing February 02, 2018

Yam Island flooding sparks protests

Residents of Yam Island in the Torres Strait have held protests calling for aid after high tides forced evacuations yesterday. Photos and videos posted on social media showed severe flooding of streets and houses, while a $25 million seawall on nearby …

the_briefing February 01, 2018

Secret cabinets full of Cabinet secrets

The ABC has published details of hundreds of top-secret Cabinet documents that were left in pieces of ex-government furniture. The Cabinet Files, which the broadcaster published in part yesterday, were given to the ABC after an unnamed person bought two …

the_briefing January 31, 2018

Shorten pledges anti-corruption body

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has promised to legislate for a federal anti-corruption commission if Labor wins the next election. Speaking to the National Press Club in Canberra yesterday, Shorten said a federal integrity commission was needed to restore …