Alex McKinnon
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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 …

the_briefing March 12, 2019

Nationals threaten to implode

Crisis and infighting continue to dog the Nationals, with leader Michael McCormack openly feuding with his predecessor and Liberal MPs scorning a National push for new government-funded coal-fired baseload power in central Queensland. In an interview …

the_briefing March 11, 2019

Parties launch campaigns in NSW

The New South Wales Liberal and Labor parties have launched their campaigns ahead of the state election later this month. Speaking at Penrith Panthers Leagues Club on Sunday, premier Gladys Berejiklian pitched spending on before- and after-school care, …

the_briefing March 08, 2019

Mining giant behind pro-coal campaign

Mining multinational Glencore bankrolled a global astroturfing campaign to spread pro-coal messaging on social media and collect intelligence on environmental organisations. Guardian Australia reported on Thursday that Glencore spent up to $13 million …

the_briefing March 07, 2019

Labor makes abortion an election issue

Federal Labor has pledged to provide free abortions in public hospitals and expand access to contraceptives if it wins the next election. Speaking on Wednesday, deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek said the measures were designed “to end the patchwork …