Anna Horan
is a Melbourne-based editor and writer.

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the_briefing May 28, 2019

Albanese calls ‘disappointed’ voters to join ALP

The ALP has chosen Anthony Albanese to lead the federal opposition in Parliament. Albanese was the only contender for the job as Labor leader when nominations closed yesterday morning. Following his confirmation, he urged people disappointed with this …

the_briefing May 27, 2019

Wyatt named Indigenous affairs minister

Prime minister Scott Morrison served up his reshuffled ministry, naming Ken Wyatt, a Yamatji-Wongi-Noongar man, as the first Aboriginal person to hold the Indigenous affairs portfolio. Several women also move into Cabinet positions. Despite Morrison’s …

the_briefing September 07, 2018

NAB faces $1b penalty over super fees scandal

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission is taking the National Australia Bank to court over the superannuation fees-for-no-service scandal. NAB had agreed to pay $100 million in compensation to customers when the misdeeds of its super …

the_briefing September 06, 2018

Russian military officers charged for poisoning

Two Russian military intelligence (GRU) officers have been charged in relation to the nerve agent attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March this year. Britain's Crown Prosecution Service has obtained a European arrest warrant for “Alexander …

the_briefing September 05, 2018

Westpac to pay $35 million settlement

Westpac will pay a $35 million civil penalty after settling with corporate regulator ASIC over irresponsible loan practices. Between 2011 and 2015 Westpac’s automated loan assessment procedures issued more than 10,000 home loans to customers who potentially …

the_briefing September 04, 2018

Abbott’s sister pulls out of Wentworth byelection

Tony Abbott’s sister has decided to stay out of a political fight in the name of Liberal Party harmony. It was only a week ago that Christine Forster announced her intention to nominate for pre-selection for the Wentworth byelection after the resignation …

the_briefing September 03, 2018

Coalition roads and rail re-election plan leaked

Plans for a national $7.6 billion roads and rail package, which was to be released in the lead up to the federal election, have been leaked to the Herald Sun ($). The plans, signed off by deposed prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, were to be strategically …

the_briefing August 31, 2018

Dutton stepped in on behalf of former police colleague

Revelations that home affairs minister Peter Dutton intervened on an au pair’s visa case with which he had a personal connection, have put further scrutiny on the minister’s discretionary powers. While further details came to light around his intervention …

the_briefing August 30, 2018

Chelsea Manning denied Australian visa

The Australian government has served notice that Chelsea Manning will be denied entry to the country this week, ahead of speaking engagements in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The former US soldier, who turned whistleblower for WikiLeaks in 2010, is …