Alex McKinnon
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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 …

the_briefing February 16, 2018

Ministerial sex ban as Joyce takes leave

Deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce will take personal leave next week, paving the way for finance minister Mathias Cormann to serve as acting prime minister while Malcolm Turnbull is overseas. In a statement, Joyce said he “wanted to support his family …

the_briefing February 15, 2018

Turnbull ‘deceitful’ on Voice to Parliament

Members of the Referendum Council have claimed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was “deceitful” in privately encouraging them to explore establishing an Indigenous advisory body. In Question Time yesterday, Turnbull said he told the Council in November …

the_briefing February 14, 2018

Joyce under growing pressure

Deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce is under increasing pressure to resign, as National Party MPs and former Nationals leaders cast doubt on his ability to outlast the ongoing infidelity scandal. Former deputy prime ministers Warren Truss and Mark Vaile …

the_briefing February 13, 2018

Joyce accused of sexual harassment

News Corp tabloids have accused deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce of sexually harassing a woman at an awards function in 2011. The Daily Telegraph reports ($) that an unnamed woman has claimed Joyce drunkenly pinched her bottom at a 2011 Rural …