Alex McKinnon
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the_briefing January 31, 2019

OECD scolds Australia’s climate inaction

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has urged the federal government to do more to fight climate change, saying Australia is likely to miss its self-imposed carbon reduction targets. In its third annual environmental performance …

the_briefing January 30, 2019

Al-Araibi rescue effort steps up

Prime minister Scott Morrison has personally intervened in the case of Bahraini refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi. Nine newspapers report that Morrison urged Thai prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to release al-Araibi in a letter, sent several days ago. …

the_briefing January 29, 2019

Morrison courts Queensland voters

Prime minister Scott Morrison has begun a four-day tour of marginal seats in Queensland, kicking off the government’s unofficial election campaign. Speaking today, Morrison will pledge a re-elected Coalition government would create 1.25 million jobs …

News January 26, 2019

Outstanding fines and Indigenous imprisonment

Indigenous women are being jailed over small fines at alarming rates. In Western Australia, one charity has crowdfunded hundreds of thousands of dollars in just weeks to secure their release.

the_briefing December 21, 2018

Buckingham quits NSW Greens

New South Wales upper house parliamentarian Jeremy Buckingham has quit the Greens, claiming the party has been taken over by “an extreme left faction” with a “Marxist agenda”. Multiple state and federal Greens MPs called on Buckingham to resign …

the_briefing December 20, 2018

Offshore detention hit with lawsuits

A child asylum seeker who was allegedly raped on Nauru and a former Manus Island detention centre guard are suing the federal government. In a writ filed with the Victorian Supreme Court, lawyers for an unnamed Iranian boy claimed he was raped three times …

the_briefing December 19, 2018

Broad leaves the building

Nationals member for Mallee, Andrew Broad, will not contest the next federal election because of a sex scandal. Speaking on Tuesday, Broad said “it is clear that the people of Mallee will be best served in the next parliament by a different Nationals …

the_briefing December 18, 2018

Second Rush accuser comes forward

Actress Yael Stone has accused actor Geoffrey Rush of sexual misconduct during a production of Diary of a Madman in Sydney in 2010 and 2011. In an interview ($) with The New York Times, Stone said Rush sent her “sexual” text messages, …

the_briefing December 17, 2018

Shorten pleads his case

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has laid out his pitch to voters at Labor’s national conference. Speaking in Adelaide on Sunday, Shorten promised a future Labor government would pass a federal Environment Act, offer incentives to finance construction …