Alex McKinnon
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the_briefing November 20, 2018

Morrison flags migration cuts

Prime minister Scott Morrison has announced plans to cut the annual migration intake and involve state and territory governments in setting targets for migration. Speaking at the Bradfield Lecture on Monday, Morrison said “Australians in our biggest …

the_briefing November 19, 2018

APEC ends in disarray

Australia, the United States and Papua New Guinea have agreed to expand the Lombrum naval base on Manus Island to counter rising Chinese influence in the Asia-Pacific. Speaking at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Port Moresby on Saturday, …

the_briefing November 16, 2018

UK government in crisis over Brexit

British prime minister Theresa May has vowed to see off a challenge to her leadership over her government’s proposed Brexit agreement. Brexit secretary Dominic Raab, work and pensions secretary Esther McVey and junior ministers Suella Braverman and …

the_briefing November 15, 2018

Anti-corruption push from crossbenchers

Federal crossbench MPs will introduce legislation establishing a national anti-corruption body in coming weeks, placing pressure on the federal government to implement greater oversight of parliamentarians, lobbyists and public servants. Independent MP …

the_briefing November 14, 2018

‘Sexual violence’ allegation rocks Greens

New South Wales state Greens MP Jenny Leong has used parliamentary privilege to accuse her party colleague, Jeremy Buckingham, of “an act of sexual violence” against a former Greens employee. Speaking in the NSW Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, Leong …

the_briefing November 13, 2018

Guthrie accuses Milne of inappropriate conduct

Former ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie has claimed former ABC chair Justin Milne touched her inappropriately at a Sydney restaurant in 2017. Speaking to the ABC’s Four Corners, Guthrie said Milne rubbed her back at a board dinner last …

the_briefing November 12, 2018

Dutton targets citizenships after Melbourne attack

Home affairs minister Peter Dutton has called for a re-examination of Australia’s citizenship process after Friday’s Bourke Street attack in Melbourne. Speaking on Sunday, Dutton said “there are some people [who] should not go on to become Australian …

the_briefing November 09, 2018

Foley resigns, denies assault claims

New South Wales Labor leader Luke Foley has resigned the leadership after an ABC journalist released details of an alleged sexual assault committed against her in 2016. In a statement released through the ABC on Thursday, Sydney reporter Ashleigh Raper …

the_briefing November 08, 2018

Mixed bag of midterms results

The Democratic Party has taken control of the United States House of Representatives in the midterm elections, while Republicans have maintained control of the Senate. Unusually high voter turnout translated into significant gains for Democrats in the …