Alex McKinnon
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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 …

Diary September 01, 2018

Gadfly: Flagging a new Churchill

It seems inevitable that Horizon Church, the Pentecostal megaplex in Sydney’s Sutherland shire where Morrison grapples with the divine, will soon release a line of Saint Scott bobblehead dolls, free with every tax-deductible donation. Morrison is a walking vindication of Horizon’s “prosperity doctrine” theology, which is much like regular Christianity without any pesky insistence on giving up your worldly wealth and putting others before yourself.

the_briefing August 28, 2018

Alan Jones’ hand in leadership spill

Sydney shock jock Alan Jones has admitted urging two Coalition MPs to support a challenge to then-prime minister Malcolm Turnbull during the Liberal leadership crisis last week. Speaking to the ABC’s Four Corners on Monday, Jones said he contacted …

the_briefing August 27, 2018

Morrison picks new ministry

Prime minister Scott Morrison has appointed his new ministry, rewarding MPs who supported him in last week’s Liberal leadership spill and moving to placate conservative rivals. Deputy Liberal leader Josh Frydenberg has been appointed treasurer, while …

News August 25, 2018

Further Barrier Reef business links

As questions swirl around the Great Barrier Reef Foundation grant, another non-profit group pledging citizens’ support for the reef is revealed to have links to business and tourism bodies.

News August 11, 2018

Sleeping Giants fuel Sky News backlash

As the backlash set in after Sky News’s interview with Blair Cottrell, one activist group turned its sights to the channel’s corporate sponsors.