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

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the_briefing October 09, 2017

SA Premier Xenophon?

ABC election analyst Antony Green says independent Senator Nick Xenophon could become the next South Australian Premier when he contests the next SA state election in 2018. Xenophon announced his surprise resignation from the Senate on Friday, saying …

news October 07, 2017

Andrew Forrest’s good intentions

While Andrew Forrest campaigns to save Australians from smoking-related cancers or the world from slavery, his company’s practices tell a less benevolent story.

the_briefing October 06, 2017

States in lockstep on terror laws

State and territory leaders are in “violent agreement” over the need for new anti-terror laws proposed by the federal government, according to New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Premiers and first ministers across the board agreed to the …

the_briefing October 05, 2017

Backlash to new terror laws

Lawyers’ groups and civil liberties organisations have criticised the federal government’s planned overhaul of anti-terror legislation, saying allowing terror suspects to be held for up to 14 days without charge and compiling a national database of …

the_briefing October 04, 2017

Government plans face database

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will tomorrow urge states and territories to hand over photos of every licensed driver in their jurisdiction to build a national facial recognition database at the Council of Australian Governments meeting on anti-terrorism …

the_briefing October 03, 2017

58 dead in Las Vegas shooting

At least 58 people have died and 515 have been injured in one of the worst mass shootings in American history. Stephen Paddock, 64, conducted the shooting from a room on the 32nd floor of Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, firing into a crowd …

the_briefing October 02, 2017

RAAF airstrike kills civilians

Bombing raids involving the Australian Defence Force may have killed two children in Iraq, according to Australian and US-led coalition defence announcements. On Friday, Vice Admiral David Johnston detailed two airstrikes that killed civilians, including …

the_briefing September 29, 2017

Dutton’s parting shot at refugees

Immigration minister Peter Dutton has hit out at the 52 refugees transferred to the United States as part of the US-Australia resettlement agreement, calling them “economic refugees” and claiming Australia has “been taken for a ride” by those …

the_briefing September 28, 2017

More refugees depart for US

A group of 27 refugees from Nauru has flown to Port Moresby en route to the United States after being accepted in the Australia-US refugee swap deal negotiated with the Obama administration. A total of 52 refugees from Nauru and Manus Island have been …