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the_briefing February 20, 2019

Sick refugees shunted to Christmas Island

Sick refugees and asylum seekers in offshore detention will be taken to Christmas Island rather than the Australian mainland if a medical panel recommends they need treatment unavailable on Nauru or Manus Island. Speaking on Monday, department of home …

the_briefing February 19, 2019

Government endorses disability royal commission

The House of Representatives has passed a motion calling for the establishment of a royal commission into abuse and neglect in the disability services sector. Coalition MPs supported a Senate motion, introduced by Greens disability spokesperson Jordon …

the_briefing February 18, 2019

Labor sets sights on Paladin contract

Federal Labor will pursue the government this week over a lucrative offshore detention security contract awarded to the Paladin Group. The Australian Financial Review reported ($) last week that the government awarded Paladin the $423 million …

News February 16, 2019

Inside the franking credits debate

As a Tim Wilson-led inquiry stirs up discontent over Labor’s proposed changes to franking credits, different groups are invested in the policy proposal for different reasons.

the_briefing February 15, 2019

Government control of parliament slipping

The government has endured another chaotic sitting week in parliament, extending Question Time to prevent a second embarrassing loss on a piece of major legislation. Government MPs used delaying tactics to avoid a vote on establishing a royal commission …

the_briefing February 14, 2019

Far-right parliamentary punch-up

A series of sexual harassment allegations involving One Nation leader Pauline Hanson and United Australia Party senator Brian Burston has led to a physical altercation in Parliament House. In a speech to the Senate on Monday, Hanson accused an unnamed …

the_briefing February 13, 2019

History as Reps pass medivac bill

The House of Representatives has passed a bill against the wishes of government for the first time in 90 years, handing the Morrison government a historic legislative defeat. Labor, Greens and crossbench MPs secured 75 votes for independent MP Kerryn …

the_briefing February 12, 2019

Thailand frees Hakeem al-Araibi

Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi has been freed by Thai authorities after the Bahraini government dropped its extradition request against him. Al-Araibi was detained for more than two months after flying to Thailand for his honeymoon in November. Acting …

the_briefing February 11, 2019

Labor set to fold on medivac bill

Shadow immigration minister Shayne Neumann has indicated Labor would likely withdraw support for a bill giving doctors the authority to approve the transfer of asylum seekers and refugees in offshore detention to Australia for medical treatment. Speaking …