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News October 20, 2018

Doctors demand medivac of Nauru children

After weeks of lobbying in Canberra, a leading paediatrician fears Australia’s toxic refugee politics will strand children on Nauru in a dire medical emergency.

the_briefing October 19, 2018

Government ignored ASIO over Israel

Prime minister Scott Morrison ignored an Australian Security Intelligence Organisation warning that a proposal to move Australia’s Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem could cause violence in Palestine. An ASIO communique sent on October 15, obtained …

the_briefing October 18, 2018

Queensland legalises abortion

Queensland has decriminalised abortion, with parliament voting to remove references to the procedure from the state’s 1899 criminal code. The bill, which makes abortion available on request at up to 22 weeks’ gestation and establishes 150-metre “safe …

the_briefing October 17, 2018

Indonesia trade deal in jeopardy

The Indonesian government has threatened to cancel a free trade deal with Australia after prime minister Scott Morrison proposed moving Australia’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Foreign minister Marise Payne flew to Jakarta to meet her …

the_briefing October 16, 2018

Government backs racist Senate motion

A parliamentary motion proclaiming “it is okay to be white” by One Nation leader Pauline Hanson was narrowly defeated in the Senate on Monday after gaining support from the government. The phrase, which has extensive roots in white supremacist and …

the_briefing October 15, 2018

Neo-Nazis infiltrate Young Nats

The New South Wales Young Nationals has suspended processing new memberships and expelled several members with ties to fascist and neo-Nazi groups. Last week the ABC revealed members of the youth wing’s executive were also members of private Facebook …

the_briefing October 12, 2018

MSF urges Nauru evacuation

Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières has called on the federal government to immediately evacuate all refugees and asylum seekers from Nauru for mental health reasons. At a press conference in Sydney on Thursday, MSF Australia director Paul McPhun …

the_briefing October 11, 2018

Liberals split on schools exemption

Prominent Liberals are at odds over the review into religious freedom’s recommendation that religious schools be allowed to turn away LGBT students. Prime minister Scott Morrison defended the recommendation, saying on Wednesday that the government was …

the_briefing October 10, 2018

Religious freedom, LGBT exclusion

The federal government’s review into religious freedom has recommended allowing religious schools to turn away LGBT students, teachers and staff. Fairfax reports that the review, which the government has refused to release for four months, recommends …