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

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the_briefing October 26, 2017

Cash staffer resigns over tip-off

A staffer in employment minister Michaelia Cash’s office has resigned after admitting to tipping off journalists about Australian Federal Police raids on the Australian Workers’ Union. BuzzFeed News revealed the staffer alerted journalists from two …

the_briefing October 25, 2017

AFP raids union offices

The Australian Federal Police has raided the Melbourne and Sydney offices of the Australian Workers’ Union as part of an investigation into opposition leader Bill Shorten. Officers carried out the raids at the request of the Registered Organisations …

the_briefing October 24, 2017

The NBN’s great divide

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has admitted the National Broadband Network may never make a profit and attempted to address concerns about the network’s usefulness and reliability. Turnbull claimed the NBN “was a calamitous train wreck of a project …

the_briefing October 23, 2017

Asylum seekers separated from children

Australian immigration authorities are refusing to let asylum seekers held in offshore detention be present at the birth of their children. Iranian Kurd Mohammad Farahi said the Australian Border Force and officials on Nauru were refusing to let him travel …

the_briefing October 20, 2017

An end to Australian cars

Australian car making is officially dead. The last vehicle built at Holden’s Elizabeth factory in Adelaide is set to roll off the production line today, marking the closure of Holden’s domestic operations and the end of local car manufacturing. The …

the_briefing October 19, 2017

Citizenship restrictions fail in Senate

Controversial changes to the citizenship process have been voted down in the Senate, ending immigration minister Peter Dutton’s push to impose stricter requirements on migrants. The reforms would have required would-be citizens to reside in Australia …

the_briefing October 18, 2017

Australia gets an energy policy

The federal government has unveiled its long-awaited energy policy, ditching the Clean Energy Target recommended by the Finkel review and requiring electricity retailers to source a certain portion of energy from baseload power sources such as coal and …

the_briefing October 17, 2017

Clean Energy Target abandoned

The federal government will release its new energy policy today after a party room debate this morning, where the Coalition will abandon the Clean Energy Target proposed by the Finkel review. While key crossbenchers such as Jacqui Lambie and Nick Xenophon …

the_briefing October 16, 2017

Somali bomb blast kills hundreds

At least 230 people are dead after a truck carrying explosives detonated in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. The truck drove through a security checkpoint and exploded, igniting a nearby fuel tanker. The resulting blast led to a collapse of the Safari Hotel, …