Alex McKinnon
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the_briefing September 25, 2018

Guthrie ‘devastated’ at sacking

ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie is reportedly considering legal options after being sacked two-and-a-half years into her five-year term. In a statement, ABC chair Justin Milne said the board made the decision “to seek fresh leadership”, declining …

the_briefing September 24, 2018

Labor targets gender pay gap

Companies with more than 1000 employees would be required to report the size of the pay gap between their male and female employees under a Labor government. The Workplace Gender Equality Agency, which estimates the gender pay gap at between 17.3 per …

the_briefing September 21, 2018

Cash windfall for private schools

The federal government will direct more than $4 billion in funding to the Catholic and independent schools sectors over the next decade. Private schools in NSW and Victoria will receive an extra $1.4 billion by 2029, while $1.2 billion will be directed …

the_briefing September 20, 2018

Dutton ‘misled Parliament’ over au pairs scandal

The Department of Home Affairs has released more than 100 emails revealing the efforts of Peter Dutton’s office to prevent two foreign au pairs from being deported. The communications show that immigration officials scrambled late at night to ensure …

the_briefing September 19, 2018

‘I walked up to my hotel room and I burst into tears’

Western Australian business leader Catherine Marriott has spoken out about allegedly being sexually harassed by former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce. Speaking to the ABC’s 7.30, the former WA Rural Woman of the Year said she didn’t …

the_briefing September 18, 2018

Aged-care workers speak out

Nurses, personal carers and workers in the aged-care industry have detailed poor conditions, maltreatment and understaffing in aged-care centres. Speaking to the ABC’s Four Corners, nurse Katriona Legzdins recounted an incident where an aged- …

the_briefing September 14, 2018

No retrial for Bowraville murders

A New South Wales court has dismissed an application to reopen a trial into the murder of three Aboriginal children in the 1990s. Ruling on Thursday, the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal found insufficient “fresh and compelling” evidence to order the …

the_briefing September 12, 2018

Aboriginal teens die in police pursuit

Two Aboriginal teenagers have drowned in the Swan River after being chased by police officers. A group of between four and five boys jumped into the river in the northeastern Perth suburb of Maylands on Monday, after police were called to stop the boys …

the_briefing September 10, 2018

Dutton besieged on two fronts

House of Representatives crossbenchers are waiting for home affairs minister Peter Dutton to explain his previous statements to Parliament over the au pairs controversy before deciding whether to support a no-confidence motion against him. Parliament …