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

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the_briefing December 04, 2017

Joyce returns to Parliament

Deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce has been re-elected after convincingly winning the New England byelection. Joyce won more than 60 per cent of the vote as the Nationals candidate, with none of the other 16 contenders garnering more than 12 per cent. …

the_briefing December 01, 2017

Actors back Rush allegation

Two actors that worked alongside Geoffrey Rush during a 2015-16 theatre production have backed the actor accusing Rush of “inappropriate behaviour”. Sydney’s Daily Telegraph reported ($) yesterday that the Sydney Theatre Company had received …

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 …