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the_briefing April 05, 2019

Shorten makes election pitch

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has laid out a plan to cover costs for cancer treatment as parliament readies for the federal election. Giving his sixth budget reply speech on Thursday, Shorten outlined a $2.3 billion package bringing the costs of specialist …

the_briefing April 04, 2019

Social media laws raise concerns

Technology giants, media companies and legal bodies have criticised a new federal government bill cracking down on violent online content. The bill, to be introduced in the Senate today, would establish jail time and large fines for technology company …

the_briefing April 03, 2019

Budget targets welfare, foreign aid

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has delivered his first budget, claiming a forecast surplus next financial year and slashing welfare payments. Frydenberg’s projected $7.1 billion surplus for the 2019-20 financial year is partly based on $2.1 billion estimated …

the_briefing April 02, 2019

Disability royal commission confirmed

The federal government has announced a royal commission into violence, neglect and abuse of people in the disability care sector. News Corp reported on Monday that $527 million had been allocated to the commission in this week’s budget, the most ever …

the_briefing April 01, 2019

Labor boosts green credentials

Federal Labor has announced it would ban plastic microbeads, single-use plastic bags and trade in ivory if the party wins government at the next election. In a statement on Sunday, opposition leader Bill Shorten said the party would ban single-use plastics …

the_briefing March 29, 2019

Coalition splits on One Nation preferences

Prime minister Scott Morrison has announced the federal Liberal Party will preference One Nation below Labor at the next election, reducing the minor party’s chances of winning seats in the House of Representatives. Speaking on Thursday, Morrison said …

the_briefing March 28, 2019

Hanson voices Port Arthur trutherism

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has been caught on camera questioning the legitimacy of the 1996 Port Arthur massacre that prompted tighter firearms laws in Australia. The second part of an Al Jazeera investigation revealed that Hanson was aware of One …

the_briefing March 27, 2019

Morrison resists shutting out One Nation

Prime minister Scott Morrison has refused to rule out preferencing One Nation ahead of Labor and the Greens at the next election after an Al Jazeera investigation revealed senior One Nation representatives sought funding from the US National Rifle Association. …

the_briefing March 26, 2019

One Nation sought donations, help from NRA

Advisers to Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party met with representatives of the National Rifle Association in the US last year to seek funding and advice on how to loosen Australia’s gun laws. Al Jazeera has published hidden camera footage of Pauline …