Alex McKinnon
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the_briefing November 05, 2018

Scullion under fire over grants

Aboriginal rights groups have called for an investigation into Indigenous affairs minister Nigel Scullion granting almost $500,000 from the Indigenous Advancement Strategy to pastoral industry lobby groups. Scullion told a Senate estimates hearing last …

News November 03, 2018

Tax benefits of legalising cannabis

According to figures requested by the Reason Party, legalising cannabis and personal drug use would generate millions of dollars in tax revenue and benefit an overwrought legal system.

the_briefing November 02, 2018

Google workers walk off the job

Thousands of Google employees across the world have staged a stop-work action in protest at the internet giant’s response to sexual harassment, gender and racial discrimination. Workers in New York, Tokyo, London, Dublin, Singapore, Zurich, Berlin and …

the_briefing November 01, 2018

Young Nats did Nazi this coming

A group of 15 people has resigned from the New South Wales Young Nationals following revelations that white supremacist extremists attempted to infiltrate the party. An internal review into dozens of Young Nationals members found on Wednesday that 17 …

the_briefing October 31, 2018

Norvill testifies in Rush defamation case

Actor Eryn Jean Norvill has told a Sydney court that actor Geoffrey Rush groped her onstage during a rehearsal of King Lear. Giving evidence at the Federal Court on Tuesday, Norvill Norvill said Rush groped her breast and hip during a preview …

the_briefing October 30, 2018

Indonesian plane crash search continues

A representative of Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency has conceded it would take “a miracle from God” to find any survivors from a passenger plane that went missing on Monday. A total of 189 people were aboard the Lion Air flight from …

the_briefing October 29, 2018

Hate crimes rock United States

In the United States, authorities have released the names of the 11 people murdered in a Pittsburgh synagogue at the weekend. The victims, all of whom were middle-aged or elderly, were shot and killed by Robert Bowers, 46, in what the Anti-Defamation …

News October 27, 2018

No apologies after Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen’s release

The case of Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen, released after a month in prison when terrorism-related charges were dropped because of mistaken evidence, is the latest in a string of dubious arrests and defamatory accusations in the media against Australian Muslims.

the_briefing October 26, 2018

Banks calls for kids off Nauru

Outgoing Liberal MP Julia Banks has called on the federal government to remove all children and their families from offshore detention on Nauru. Speaking in Parliament on Thursday, Banks said “nothing should be stopping or delaying our getting these …