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the_briefing May 14, 2019

Islanders’ UN climate complaint

A group of Torres Strait Islanders has lodged a complaint against the federal government with the United Nations human rights committee over inaction on climate change. In the complaint, eight Torres Strait Islanders alleged “the effects of Australia’s …

the_briefing May 13, 2019

Queensland locking up kids

Children as young as 10 are being detained in police watch houses in Queensland, where some are isolated for weeks at a time, and others are exposed to drugs and hardened criminals. A new report by the ABC’s Four Corners has published details …

the_briefing May 10, 2019

Call a climate emergency: Garrett

Former federal environment minister Peter Garrett has called on the Labor Party to declare a climate emergency if it wins the federal election. In a speech to the Carbon Market Institute summit in Melbourne on Wednesday, Garrett said opposition leader …

the_briefing May 09, 2019

Daily Telegraph hit job backfires

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has hit out at Sydney’s Daily Telegraph for suggesting he misrepresented his mother’s life story. During an episode of the ABC’s Q&A on Monday, Shorten recounted his mother Ann’s struggle to …

the_briefing May 08, 2019

Morrison targets unions, ‘green tape’

Prime minister Scott Morrison has vowed to target union power and environmental regulations if the Coalition maintains government at the federal election. In an interview with Nine newspapers today, Morrison accused the Labor Party of wanting to “hypercharge …

the_briefing May 07, 2019

We’re killing everything

Humans are destroying nature at a rate unprecedented in history, a United Nations scientific review has found. Compiled by 145 authors from 50 countries over three years, a new report from the UN Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity …

the_briefing May 06, 2019

Shorten pitches Labor faithful

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has laid out his pitch to voters at Labor’s formal campaign launch ahead of the federal election. Speaking at the launch in Brisbane on Sunday, Shorten pledged $500 million to cut waiting times at hospital emergency …

the_briefing May 03, 2019

Entire Queensland council sacked

The Queensland state government has sacked the entire council and appointed an administrator to run Logan, a city council between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Eight Logan City councillors, including mayor Luke Smith, were charged with fraud by the state …

the_briefing May 02, 2019

Assange sentenced for bail breach

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been sentenced to 50 weeks’ jail in Britain for absconding while on bail. Assange, who claimed asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy in 2012, was arrested and charged by British and US authorities last month after …