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

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the_briefing October 31, 2018

Norvill testifies in Rush defamation case

Actor Eryn Jean Norvill has told a Sydney court that actor Geoffrey Rush groped her onstage during a rehearsal of King Lear. Giving evidence at the Federal Court on Tuesday, Norvill Norvill said Rush groped her breast and hip during a preview …

the_briefing October 30, 2018

Indonesian plane crash search continues

A representative of Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency has conceded it would take “a miracle from God” to find any survivors from a passenger plane that went missing on Monday. A total of 189 people were aboard the Lion Air flight from …

the_briefing October 29, 2018

Hate crimes rock United States

In the United States, authorities have released the names of the 11 people murdered in a Pittsburgh synagogue at the weekend. The victims, all of whom were middle-aged or elderly, were shot and killed by Robert Bowers, 46, in what the Anti-Defamation …

News October 27, 2018

No apologies after Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen’s release

The case of Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen, released after a month in prison when terrorism-related charges were dropped because of mistaken evidence, is the latest in a string of dubious arrests and defamatory accusations in the media against Australian Muslims.

the_briefing October 26, 2018

Banks calls for kids off Nauru

Outgoing Liberal MP Julia Banks has called on the federal government to remove all children and their families from offshore detention on Nauru. Speaking in Parliament on Thursday, Banks said “nothing should be stopping or delaying our getting these …

the_briefing October 25, 2018

Democrats targeted in bomb attempts

In the United States, authorities have intercepted explosive devices mailed to former president Barack Obama, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the headquarters of news network CNN and several high-profile Democratic politicians. In a statement, …

the_briefing October 24, 2018

Labor to support refugee travel ban

Labor has indicated it would support the federal government’s proposed ban on people held in offshore detention coming to Australia in order to give critically ill refugee children and their families access to medical treatment. In a statement on Tuesday, …

the_briefing October 23, 2018

Refugee kids flown to Australia

A group of 11 critically ill refugee children and their families has been flown from Nauru to Australia. Speaking at Senate estimates on Monday, Australian Border Force surgeon-general Parbodh Gogna said there had “been an unprecedented jump in the …

the_briefing October 22, 2018

Apology for child abuse survivors

Prime minister Scott Morrison will issue a national apology to victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse today. More than 1000 people, including former prime minister Julia Gillard, will be in Canberra for the apology, which was recommended …