Alex McKinnon
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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 …

the_briefing February 08, 2019

Trauma and poverty behind Indigenous deaths

An inquest into the deaths of 13 young Aboriginal people in the Kimberley has found the suicides “were shaped by the crushing effects of intergenerational trauma and poverty upon entire communities”. In a report released on Thursday, Western Australia …

the_briefing February 07, 2019

#MeToo allegations against legal service head

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service chief executive Wayne Muir has denied allegations of sexual misconduct raised by four women. Speaking to the ABC’s 7.30, Leanne Muir, Wayne’s niece, said he raped her when she was 14 and sexually abused …

the_briefing February 06, 2019

Townsville floods turn deadly

The bodies of two people have been discovered as floodwaters begin to recede in some areas of Townsville. The two men, aged in their 20s, were found by emergency services workers in the suburb of Aitkenvale on Tuesday. Townsville has received more than …

the_briefing February 05, 2019

Hayne recommends criminal charges

The royal commission into banking, superannuation and financial services has recommended regulators consider criminal or civil action against 24 companies. While the commission’s final report, released on Monday, did not name which institutions had …