Alex McKinnon
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the_briefing December 11, 2018

May pushes back Brexit vote

British prime minister Theresa May has cancelled a planned parliamentary vote on her government’s draft Brexit agreement today, potentially setting the stage for a leadership challenge. In an emergency statement to the House of Commons, May admitted …

the_briefing December 10, 2018

‘YOU BUNCH OF IDIOTS’

Federal Labor MPs and workers in the technology industry have voiced concerns over the party’s support for legislation requiring smartphone makers and software developers to provide a “backdoor” into encryption services for Australian police and …

the_briefing December 07, 2018

Morrison stares down asylum seeker push

The federal government has narrowly avoided losing a crucial vote in parliament, derailing a cross-party push to force the government to transport sick refugees and asylum seekers to Australia for medical treatment. While the Senate passed a bill on Thursday …

the_briefing December 06, 2018

Government floats voter ID laws

Federal government MPs have called for the introduction of United States-style voter identification laws. In a report into the 2016 election, Coalition members of the joint standing committee on electoral matters claimed that “instances of multiple …

the_briefing December 05, 2018

Stuart Robert offers tips to donors

Federal assistant treasurer Stuart Robert has been widely criticised for offering to tell political supporters about a potential government response to the banking industry royal commission at a fundraiser. On an invitation to “lunch with Stuart Robert”, …

the_briefing December 04, 2018

Lawyer X scandal rocks Victoria

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has called a royal commission into Victoria Police following revelations a barrister for high-profile Melbourne criminals leaked information to police for several years. On Monday the Herald Sun reported ($) that …

the_briefing December 03, 2018

Turnbull weighs in on Kelly drama

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has thrown his support behind a push to unseat conservative Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly in a preselection contest. At the urging of prime minister Scott Morrison, the New South Wales Liberal executive will …

the_briefing November 30, 2018

Adani self-funds Carmichael mine

Mining company Adani has announced it would self-finance its Carmichael mine project, with construction to begin imminently. Speaking on Thursday, Adani Mining chief executive Lucas Dow said the mine would be much smaller than the original $16.5 billion …

the_briefing November 29, 2018

Fire and flood as PM rejects NEG

Thousands of people have fled the central Queensland town of Gracemere as more than 130 bushfires burn across the state. Catastrophic fire warnings were issued for the Central Highlands, Capricornia and Coalfields regions for the first time on Wednesday, …