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

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the_briefing November 14, 2017

Iran-Iraq quake kills hundreds

More than 400 people have died and 6700 have been injured in an earthquake that struck the Iran-Iraq border. The magnitude 7.3 quake hit especially hard in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah, and was felt in Baghdad, Lebanon, Turkey and Israel. …

the_briefing November 13, 2017

Ardern to repeat refugee offer

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said she will repeat an offer to take some of Australia’s Manus Island refugees when she meets Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the Philippines this week. Speaking at the APEC summit in Vietnam, Ardern …

the_briefing November 10, 2017

Refugee protesters scale Opera House

A group of activists protesting the Manus Island refugee crisis scaled the Sydney Opera House and attempted to unfurl a banner before they were stopped by police. Five members of the Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance, which has been responsible …

the_briefing November 09, 2017

Dastyari racially abused by far right

Labor Senator Sam Dastyari has been racially abused in a pub by a far-right group. Members of anti-Islam group Patriot Blue, which stormed a Moreland Council meeting in September after the council voted to scrap citizenship ceremonies on January 26, confronted …

the_briefing November 08, 2017

PNG rejects plea from Manus men

Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court has rejected an application to restore power, water, health services and food supplies to the Manus Island detention centre. More than 600 men who refuse to leave the centre have been without basic services for a week, …

the_briefing November 07, 2017

John Alexander enters citizenship fiasco

Liberal member for Bennelong, John Alexander, has become the latest parliamentarian embroiled in the citizenship crisis. Fairfax reports Alexander was checking his citizenship status with the United Kingdom Home Office, and has never renounced the rights …

the_briefing November 06, 2017

Paradise Papers expose Trump aides

A leak of more than 13 million files from offshore tax haven providers has exposed rampant tax avoidance by major corporations and wealthy public figures, financial ties between senior members of the Trump administration and companies with ties to the …

the_briefing November 03, 2017

Black Lives Matter Down Under

The founders of the Black Lives Matter movement have urged Australian governments to be “courageous” in ending injustice suffered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Speaking at the National Press Club yesterday, United States BLM co-founder …

the_briefing November 02, 2017

Trump’s terror response criticised

Eight people have been killed in New York City after a man drove a rented utility down a bike path. New York governor Andrew Cuomo said investigators found a note inside the vehicle mentioning the Islamic State terrorist organisation, and 29-year-old …