Alex McKinnon
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the_briefing April 12, 2019

Assange convicted, faces extradition

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested and convicted of breaching bail at Westminster Magistrates’ Court after the Ecuadorian government withdrew its offer of asylum. British police arrested Assange in Ecuador’s London embassy on Thursday, …

the_briefing April 11, 2019

Morrison to call election

Prime minister Scott Morrison is poised to call a federal election today, setting May 18 as a likely poll date. Morrison left The Lodge in Canberra at 6.50 this morning, travelling to Government House to meet governor-general Peter Cosgrove. The move …

the_briefing April 10, 2019

Dutton donor debacle deepens

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has urged prime minister Scott Morrison to investigate reports that a Chinese billionaire seeking Australian citizenship paid tens of thousands of dollars for a private lunch with home affairs minister Peter Dutton. …

the_briefing April 09, 2019

Morrison lashes vegan protests

Prime minister Scott Morrison has urged criminal action against animal rights activists who staged protests around the country. A group of 39 vegan activists was arrested in the Melbourne CBD on Monday after blocking the intersection of Flinders and …

the_briefing April 08, 2019

Morrison delays calling election

Prime minister Scott Morrison has dismissed criticism from the federal opposition for his delay in setting a date for the federal election. Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen claimed on Sunday that the government was avoiding electoral laws that restrict the …

the_briefing April 05, 2019

Shorten makes election pitch

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has laid out a plan to cover costs for cancer treatment as parliament readies for the federal election. Giving his sixth budget reply speech on Thursday, Shorten outlined a $2.3 billion package bringing the costs of specialist …

the_briefing April 04, 2019

Social media laws raise concerns

Technology giants, media companies and legal bodies have criticised a new federal government bill cracking down on violent online content. The bill, to be introduced in the Senate today, would establish jail time and large fines for technology company …

the_briefing April 03, 2019

Budget targets welfare, foreign aid

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has delivered his first budget, claiming a forecast surplus next financial year and slashing welfare payments. Frydenberg’s projected $7.1 billion surplus for the 2019-20 financial year is partly based on $2.1 billion estimated …

the_briefing April 02, 2019

Disability royal commission confirmed

The federal government has announced a royal commission into violence, neglect and abuse of people in the disability care sector. News Corp reported on Monday that $527 million had been allocated to the commission in this week’s budget, the most ever …