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the_briefing December 12, 2018

Asylum seeker family wins payout

An asylum seeker family has received a payout of more than $100,000 after suing the federal government over mistreatment in Australian detention centres. Last week the New South Wales Supreme Court approved a settlement granting $100,000 compensation, …

the_briefing December 11, 2018

May pushes back Brexit vote

British prime minister Theresa May has cancelled a planned parliamentary vote on her government’s draft Brexit agreement today, potentially setting the stage for a leadership challenge. In an emergency statement to the House of Commons, May admitted …

the_briefing December 10, 2018


Federal Labor MPs and workers in the technology industry have voiced concerns over the party’s support for legislation requiring smartphone makers and software developers to provide a “backdoor” into encryption services for Australian police and …

the_briefing December 07, 2018

Morrison stares down asylum seeker push

The federal government has narrowly avoided losing a crucial vote in parliament, derailing a cross-party push to force the government to transport sick refugees and asylum seekers to Australia for medical treatment. While the Senate passed a bill on Thursday …

the_briefing December 06, 2018

Government floats voter ID laws

Federal government MPs have called for the introduction of United States-style voter identification laws. In a report into the 2016 election, Coalition members of the joint standing committee on electoral matters claimed that “instances of multiple …

the_briefing December 05, 2018

Stuart Robert offers tips to donors

Federal assistant treasurer Stuart Robert has been widely criticised for offering to tell political supporters about a potential government response to the banking industry royal commission at a fundraiser. On an invitation to “lunch with Stuart Robert”, …

the_briefing December 04, 2018

Lawyer X scandal rocks Victoria

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has called a royal commission into Victoria Police following revelations a barrister for high-profile Melbourne criminals leaked information to police for several years. On Monday the Herald Sun reported ($) that …

the_briefing December 03, 2018

Turnbull weighs in on Kelly drama

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has thrown his support behind a push to unseat conservative Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly in a preselection contest. At the urging of prime minister Scott Morrison, the New South Wales Liberal executive will …

the_briefing November 30, 2018

Adani self-funds Carmichael mine

Mining company Adani has announced it would self-finance its Carmichael mine project, with construction to begin imminently. Speaking on Thursday, Adani Mining chief executive Lucas Dow said the mine would be much smaller than the original $16.5 billion …