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the_briefing February 18, 2019

Labor sets sights on Paladin contract

Federal Labor will pursue the government this week over a lucrative offshore detention security contract awarded to the Paladin Group. The Australian Financial Review reported ($) last week that the government awarded Paladin the $423 million …

News February 16, 2019

Inside the franking credits debate

As a Tim Wilson-led inquiry stirs up discontent over Labor’s proposed changes to franking credits, different groups are invested in the policy proposal for different reasons.

the_briefing February 15, 2019

Government control of parliament slipping

The government has endured another chaotic sitting week in parliament, extending Question Time to prevent a second embarrassing loss on a piece of major legislation. Government MPs used delaying tactics to avoid a vote on establishing a royal commission …

the_briefing February 14, 2019

Far-right parliamentary punch-up

A series of sexual harassment allegations involving One Nation leader Pauline Hanson and United Australia Party senator Brian Burston has led to a physical altercation in Parliament House. In a speech to the Senate on Monday, Hanson accused an unnamed …

the_briefing February 13, 2019

History as Reps pass medivac bill

The House of Representatives has passed a bill against the wishes of government for the first time in 90 years, handing the Morrison government a historic legislative defeat. Labor, Greens and crossbench MPs secured 75 votes for independent MP Kerryn …

the_briefing February 12, 2019

Thailand frees Hakeem al-Araibi

Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi has been freed by Thai authorities after the Bahraini government dropped its extradition request against him. Al-Araibi was detained for more than two months after flying to Thailand for his honeymoon in November. Acting …

the_briefing February 11, 2019

Labor set to fold on medivac bill

Shadow immigration minister Shayne Neumann has indicated Labor would likely withdraw support for a bill giving doctors the authority to approve the transfer of asylum seekers and refugees in offshore detention to Australia for medical treatment. Speaking …

the_briefing February 08, 2019

Trauma and poverty behind Indigenous deaths

An inquest into the deaths of 13 young Aboriginal people in the Kimberley has found the suicides “were shaped by the crushing effects of intergenerational trauma and poverty upon entire communities”. In a report released on Thursday, Western Australia …

the_briefing February 07, 2019

#MeToo allegations against legal service head

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service chief executive Wayne Muir has denied allegations of sexual misconduct raised by four women. Speaking to the ABC’s 7.30, Leanne Muir, Wayne’s niece, said he raped her when she was 14 and sexually abused …