Alex McKinnon
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the_briefing March 22, 2019

Mozambique reels from Cyclone Idai

Rescue workers are struggling to save thousands of people endangered by the after-effects of a powerful cyclone that struck southeastern Africa last week. Cyclone Idai, which hit the Mozambican port city of Beira last Thursday, brought flooding and torrential …

the_briefing March 21, 2019

Ex-Nauru president regrets offshore detention

A former Nauruan president has expressed regret over agreeing to reopen Australia’s offshore detention centre on the island. Sprent Dabwido, 47, told SBS he signed an agreement to reopen the centre with then-Australian prime minister Julia Gillard in …

the_briefing March 20, 2019

Indigenous youth suicides continue

The deaths of four young Indigenous people over a two-day period in Queensland has renewed calls for the federal government to take urgent action to address youth suicide. Four Indigenous people, including two young women in Townsville and two young men …

the_briefing March 19, 2019

Morrison threatens to sue Waleed Aly

Prime minister Scott Morrison’s office has threatened commentator Waleed Aly and Channel Ten with legal action over Aly’s response to the Christchurch terror attack. In a speech on The Project, since watched more than 8 million times on Facebook, …

the_briefing March 18, 2019

Christchurch terror attacker confirmed

New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush has confirmed that an Australian man was the sole perpetrator of Friday’s terror attack in Christchurch. Speaking on Sunday, Bush said four other people arrested after the massacre had not been charged after …

News March 16, 2019

Minor parties the key to NSW poll

With just a week to go until the NSW election, the major parties are campaigning hard to woo voters. But it’s the micro-parties that may end up deciding who will govern.

the_briefing March 15, 2019

Go on strike today

School students across the country will strike today to protest government inaction on climate change. Speaking on Thursday, New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian said she was “appalled” at state Labor leader Michael Daley’s comments in support …

the_briefing March 14, 2019

Pell gets six years

Disgraced cardinal George Pell has been sentenced in a Melbourne court to six years jail for sexually abusing two teenage choirboys in the 1990s. At the County Court of Victoria on Wednesday, chief judge Peter Kidd described Pell’s conduct as “breathtakingly …

the_briefing March 13, 2019

Brexit deal rejected as deadline looms

In London, British prime minister Theresa May has lost a crucial parliamentary vote on Brexit, leaving the UK without a deal with the European Union just weeks before its planned departure from the trading bloc. MPs voted against May’s revised Brexit …