Anna Horan
is a Melbourne-based editor and writer.

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the_briefing August 20, 2019

Defence eyes on Antarctic operations

Briefing documents for a senior Defence official reveal the Australian Defence Force’s wishes to install civil and military technology in Antarctica despite the Antarctic Treaty which bans military activity. The speaking notes intended for a “future …

the_briefing July 31, 2019

Sexual assault allegations rock Liberal party

Two women in the Liberal Party have come forward with claims they were sexually assaulted in separate incidents while on the staff of senior Liberal politicians in 2015. Chelsey Potter alleges one man restrained her and removed her underwear, while fellow …

the_briefing July 30, 2019

New calls for Crown inquiry

Calls for a federal parliamentary inquiry into Melbourne’s Crown Casino are growing over accusations of fast-tracked visas and links to suspected organised crime figures in China. Centre Alliance MP Rebekha Sharkie is today expected to second a motion …

the_briefing July 29, 2019

NSW set to decriminalise abortion

New South Wales is set to decriminalise abortion with the introduction of the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 to Parliament this week by independent MP Alex Greenwich. The aim is to repeal legislation in the Crimes Act 1900, which lists abortion …

the_briefing July 23, 2019

Inquiry into Pyne, Bishop jobs passes Senate

The Senate has voted in support of Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick’s motion to begin an inquiry into post-political jobs taken up by former cabinet ministers Christopher Pyne and Julie Bishop. The vote was won 35 to 29, with Labor, the Greens and …

the_briefing July 22, 2019

Ardern’s refugee resettlement offer still stands

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the offer to resettle 150 refugees from Manus Island and Nauru still stands, despite Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s rejection of the proposal. Ardern told The Sydney Morning Herald and The …

the_briefing July 17, 2019

Royal Commission: Aged care residents fed on $7 a day

The Aged Care Royal Commission continues, with the latest hearings focusing on the inadequate food served in many care facilities. At a hearing in Cairns, food industry professionals, including celebrity cook Maggie Beer, assessed food practices and standards …

the_briefing July 16, 2019

Private health facing ‘death spiral’

A Grattan Institute report says the Federal Government must reform the private health care system in the next 18 months to prevent an “exodus” of young healthy people dumping private health care cover. Describing policies as unfair, expensive and …

the_briefing July 15, 2019

Government cuts deeming rate for 1m pensioners

The federal government is reducing deeming rates for pensioners in a move that will see about 1 million Australian welfare recipients’ payments increase. Single pensioners will be given another $804 a year, while couples will receive an additional $1053. …