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

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the_briefing September 01, 2017

Security agencies quiet on citizenship changes

Citizenship changes being pursued by the government may not have been requested by security agencies, despite immigration minister Peter Dutton’s insistence the overhaul is needed for national security reasons. People applying for citizenship would …

the_briefing August 31, 2017

Chinese asylum seekers reach Australia

Six Chinese asylum seekers successfully reached Australian territory by boat, undercutting the Turnbull government’s claims it has “stopped the boats”. Fairfax reports the Australian Border Force detained the six men and a Papua New Guinean man …

the_briefing August 30, 2017

The great unpaid super swindle

Employers are denying their workers almost $3 billion in unpaid superannuation each year, according to new estimates from the Australian Tax Office. The ATO believes employers have withheld $17 billion in super since 2009, and that the practice is becoming …

the_briefing August 29, 2017

Civics groups unite against refugee deportations

Churches, charities, unions, community groups and activists have vowed to resist the government’s crackdown on refugees and asylum seekers in the country for medical treatment. A group of 100 refugees and asylum seekers will be issued with “final …

the_briefing August 28, 2017

Refugee welfare crackdown ‘a new low’

Labor leader Bill Shorten has accused Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of stooping to “a new low” over the government’s plans to cut off income support and government-supported accommodation for refugees and asylum seekers. On Sunday a spokesperson …

the_briefing August 25, 2017

Senators change their citizenship stories

One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts’ barrister has admitted Roberts knew of his British citizenship and was trying to renounce it at the time of the 2016 election. Speaking in the Court of Disputed Returns yesterday, barrister Robert Newlinds said the …

the_briefing August 24, 2017

Coal power on life support

Australia’s coal-fired power industry is in historic decline and could be gone altogether by 2040. That’s the conclusion of a Guardian Australia report analysing the closure rate of ageing coal plants, the industry’s shrinking share of energy production …

the_briefing August 23, 2017

Back to the history wars

The controversy over local councils cancelling Australia Day celebrations continues to widen, with a second Melbourne council stripped of its powers to run citizenship ceremonies on the day by assistant immigration minister Alex Hawke. Darebin Council …

the_briefing August 22, 2017

Shorten fronts up to Q&A

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has defended Labor’s intention to legalise marriage equality and denied the government’s claim he may be a dual citizen in a wide-ranging television interview. Appearing solo on Q&A last night, Shorten replied …