Anna Horan
is a Melbourne-based editor and writer.

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the_briefing July 02, 2019

Hong Kong activists break into Legislative Council

In Hong Kong, protesters broke into the Legislative Council building on the 22nd anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule. Using a metal trolley, demonstrators rammed and smashed the glass door of the building, before ransacking …

the_briefing July 01, 2019

Plea for repatriation from Syrian camp

An Australian woman in al-Hawl Syrian refugee camp has sent an open letter to the Government pleading for her and other Australian citizens to be repatriated. In her letter, sent via WhatsApp, she claims children have been raped and murdered inside the …

the_briefing June 26, 2019

Whistleblower says PM’s dept breached FOI laws

An anonymous whistleblower has accused the prime minister’s department of breaching freedom of information laws to prevent the release of politically sensitive documents. Talking to The Guardian, the freedom of information officer said that …

the_briefing June 25, 2019

AFP faces legal challenges on raid warrants

The ABC and News Corp have lodged legal challenges to the warrants used during the Australian Federal Police raids on both the public broadcaster and News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst. The challenge sees the ABC request the Federal Court of Australia invalidate …

the_briefing June 24, 2019

IS fighters’ children rescued from Syria

A group of eight children of Islamic State fighters have been rescued from a Syrian refugee camp and are on their way to Australia. Among the eight children were Khaled Sharrouf’s two daughters and son, Zaynab Sharrouf, 18, her sister Hoda, 17, and …

the_briefing June 19, 2019

Voluntary assisted dying comes into effect in Victoria

Victorians with a terminal illness who meet legislated criteria will be able to apply to voluntarily end their lives today as new laws come into effect. Under the Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation, Victorian residents will be able to apply for a voluntary …

the_briefing June 18, 2019

WhatsApp working with police to find missing backpacker

Encrypted messaging service WhatsApp is working with police searching for missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez. A spokesperson for WhatsApp said it was providing police information about his conversations “in accordance with applicable law and [its] …

the_briefing June 17, 2019

Working holiday visa extension could increase exploitation

A number of former overseas backpackers have come forward to the ABC having endured exploitation and assaults while working on Australian farms. All have expressed their concerns about proposed changes to the working holiday visa rules. British backpacker …

the_briefing June 14, 2019

Assange to face US extradition hearing

British home secretary Sajid Javid has signed off an extradition request for Julian Assange from the US Justice Department. Javid told the BBC he had certified the request, a normal step in the process, and the final decision would be made by the courts. …