Alex McKinnon
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News March 02, 2019

Robo-debt’s potential toll

Revelations that more than 2000 people died after receiving a Centrelink robo-debt notice highlight the failings of an already flawed system that continues to target the vulnerable.

the_briefing March 01, 2019

Last refugee kids off Nauru

The last four refugee children held in offshore detention have been flown from Nauru to the United States for resettlement. The children were among 19 people on Nauru and 22 people on Manus Island taken to the US on Wednesday under a 2016 refugee swap …

the_briefing February 28, 2019

‘Callous, brazen’ Pell jailed

Cardinal George Pell has spent his first night in jail after being taken into custody on child sex abuse convictions. Pell’s legal team withdrew an application for bail after arguing for leniency in a pre-sentencing hearing in the County Court of Victoria …

the_briefing February 27, 2019

Bail or jail for convicted Pell

Cardinal George Pell will apply for bail today in an attempt to avoid jail time after being found guilty of molesting two teenage choirboys. Pell will appear at Melbourne’s County Court at 10am for a pre-sentencing hearing, and will apply for bail at …

the_briefing February 26, 2019

Corbyn backs second Brexit vote

In the United Kingdom, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has announced the party would support a second Brexit referendum if a workable separation from the European Union could not be achieved. In a speech to the parliamentary Labour Party on Tuesday, Corbyn …

the_briefing February 25, 2019

Aunty Buttrose?

Federal communications minister Mitch Fifield could recommend media personality and former Cleo editor Ita Buttrose be appointed as the new chair of the ABC this week. The Australian ($) reports that the 2013 Australian of the Year was …

News February 23, 2019

The science of insect population collapse

Amid recent warnings of the mass extinction of insects in the coming decades, the global lack of research into insect populations has come into focus.

the_briefing February 22, 2019

‘Hockey owes me’

Senate estimates has heard that Australia’s ambassador to the United States, Joe Hockey, attended a meeting with a representative of Helloworld, an ASX-listed travel company in which he owns a substantial stake, as it sought further government contracts. …

the_briefing February 21, 2019

Government subsidising Saudi arms sales

The federal government has provided tens of millions of dollars to a local weapons manufacturer selling arms to Saudi Arabia while failing to ensure weapons exports are not used in the Yemeni civil war. The ABC reported on Wednesday that defence minister …