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the_briefing December 21, 2018

Buckingham quits NSW Greens

New South Wales upper house parliamentarian Jeremy Buckingham has quit the Greens, claiming the party has been taken over by “an extreme left faction” with a “Marxist agenda”. Multiple state and federal Greens MPs called on Buckingham to resign …

the_briefing December 20, 2018

Offshore detention hit with lawsuits

A child asylum seeker who was allegedly raped on Nauru and a former Manus Island detention centre guard are suing the federal government. In a writ filed with the Victorian Supreme Court, lawyers for an unnamed Iranian boy claimed he was raped three times …

the_briefing December 19, 2018

Broad leaves the building

Nationals member for Mallee, Andrew Broad, will not contest the next federal election because of a sex scandal. Speaking on Tuesday, Broad said “it is clear that the people of Mallee will be best served in the next parliament by a different Nationals …

the_briefing December 18, 2018

Second Rush accuser comes forward

Actress Yael Stone has accused actor Geoffrey Rush of sexual misconduct during a production of Diary of a Madman in Sydney in 2010 and 2011. In an interview ($) with The New York Times, Stone said Rush sent her “sexual” text messages, …

the_briefing December 17, 2018

Shorten pleads his case

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has laid out his pitch to voters at Labor’s national conference. Speaking in Adelaide on Sunday, Shorten promised a future Labor government would pass a federal Environment Act, offer incentives to finance construction …

News December 15, 2018

The truth behind housing market forecasts

As the media, politicians and those with a vested interest scaremonger over the housing market, the reality is far less bleak – for those who aren’t renting, at least.

the_briefing December 14, 2018

Morrison’s surprise integrity commission

Prime minister Scott Morrison has announced the formation of a national anti-corruption body, less than a month after describing the idea as a “fringe issue”. Speaking on Thursday, Morrison said the new Commonwealth Integrity Commission would “learn …

the_briefing December 13, 2018

UK’s May faces leadership crisis

Conservative party MPs have called a leadership challenge against British prime minister Theresa May following her deferral of a crucial vote on Brexit. Addressing a meeting of Conservative backbenchers, May said she would step down before the next general …

the_briefing December 12, 2018

Asylum seeker family wins payout

An asylum seeker family has received a payout of more than $100,000 after suing the federal government over mistreatment in Australian detention centres. Last week the New South Wales Supreme Court approved a settlement granting $100,000 compensation, …