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

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the_briefing August 15, 2017

Invasive foreign pest quarantined

Like Russell Crowe and Keith Urban before him, deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce has become the latest cultural relic that neither Australia or New Zealand are especially willing to claim ownership over. Yesterday Joyce told parliament he was referring …

the_briefing August 14, 2017

Trump’s winks to white supremacist terror

US President Donald Trump is again facing widespread criticism, this time for failing to identify and condemn white nationalist violence that killed a 32-year-old woman. Paralegal Heather Heyer was killed and 19 others were injured when 20-year-old James …

the_briefing August 11, 2017

Labor’s guilty silence on Manus death

A group of Labor MPs has confronted shadow immigration minister Shayne Neumann over his silence on conditions in Australia’s offshore detention centres. Labor senators Jenny McAllister, Murray Watt and Sue Lines joined member for Scullin, Andrew Giles, …

the_briefing August 10, 2017

Australia is dragged to postal vote

Australia will go to the polls from September, or at least to the mailboxes. Yesterday the government announced its non-compulsory, non-binding postal vote on marriage equality would go ahead after the Senate rejected a national plebiscite on the issue for …

the_briefing August 09, 2017

An offer Victorian Liberals couldn’t refuse

Recorded phone conversations reveal alleged senior figures in the Melbourne Mafia planned to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Victorian Liberal Party after dining with state opposition leader Matthew Guy. On one recording, obtained by Fairfax …

the_briefing August 08, 2017

Iranian man dies on Manus

An asylum seeker on Manus Island has been found dead in an apparent suicide, according to local authorities. Iranian man Hamed Shamshiripour, 31, was found in a forest near the East Lorengau transit centre, where refugees from the closing Manus compound …

the_briefing August 07, 2017

Malcolm’s party room showdown

The Coalition joint party room will meet in Canberra today to revisit the government’s policy on marriage equality, with the issue shaping up as a de facto vote on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership. The five Liberal MPs urging the Coalition …

the_briefing August 04, 2017

Turnbull’s talk with Trump leaked

A leaked transcript of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s infamous phone conversation with US President Donald Trump in February has been published ($) by The Washington Post. In the phone call, Turnbull admits the refugee swap deal brokered …

the_briefing August 03, 2017

Legal system will ‘resist’ royal commission

The chair of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse has criticised the justice system’s treatment of victims and warned that many participants in the legal system are likely to be “resistant to change” when the commission …