Alex McKinnon
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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 …

the_briefing October 09, 2018

UN’s dire climate change warning

The United Nations has warned the world must eliminate coal-fired power in the next 32 years and undergo “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” to avoid global warming beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Intergovernmental …

the_briefing October 08, 2018

Opera House ‘billboard’ anger builds

Federal and New South Wales state politicians  have defended the decision to advertise a horse racing event on the Sydney Opera House against a growing backlash. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the plan to display the colours of the horses’ silks and …

the_briefing October 05, 2018

Government shuts Christmas Island centre

The federal government has shut the Christmas Island detention centre more than 10 years after it first opened. Hundreds of asylum seekers have been moved to detention centres on the mainland since June 30, with the final group of detainees leaving the …

the_briefing October 04, 2018

Hope for Palu survivors fades

The death toll from an earthquake and tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has climbed to 1407, according to Indonesian emergency response agencies. Six days after disaster struck the city of Palu, authorities and rescue workers conceded the likelihood …

the_briefing October 03, 2018

Conditions worsen in Sulawesi

Survivors of a devastating earthquake and tsunami in the Sulawesi city of Palu are growing increasingly desperate as food and water supplies dwindle. Relief trucks carrying supplies into the city have been blocked and stripped of their contents by crowds, …

the_briefing October 02, 2018

Indonesia calls for emergency aid

Mass burials have begun on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi as authorities struggle to cope with the rising number of dead from Friday’s earthquake and tsunami. Head of police communication, Brigadier-General Dedi Prasetyo, said the move was necessary …

the_briefing October 01, 2018

Sulawesi tsunami death toll rises

More than 800 people have died following an earthquake off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The 7.5-magnitude quake, which struck just off Sulawesi’s west coast on Friday evening, caused a tsunami that devastated the city of Palu. Indonesian disaster …

News September 29, 2018

Bettina Arndt’s campus tour

Commentator Bettina Arndt is publicly petitioning to have Sydney University take action against five students who demonstrated outside a speech on her “Fake Rape Crisis Campus Tour”.