Max Opray
is an Adelaide-based freelance journalist.

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the_briefing August 12, 2019

Trio of investigations into Epstein death

Three different investigations in the United States will look into the circumstances of the apparent suicide in prison of wealthy financier and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. The Federal Bureau of Investigations, the US justice department, and …

the_briefing August 09, 2019

Climate change threatens food systems

We need to immediately change our diets, how we grow food, and the way we use land if the world is to tackle climate change, according to a new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. The report found the current trajectory of forest destruction …

the_briefing August 08, 2019

Canadian fugitives found dead in bush

Canadian police believe they have found the bodies of Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod, the teenagers suspected of murdering Australian Lucas Fowler, his American girlfriend Chynna Deese, and university lecturer Leonard Dyck. The discovery was made at …

the_briefing August 07, 2019

Record $3m payout for ‘third wave’ asbestos victim

A 42-year-old man has won a record $3 million payout from former asbestos manufacturer James Hardie, after he developed a rare form of mesothelioma. Adelaide man Mathew Werfel was exposed to asbestos from renovating two homes between the late 1990s and …

the_briefing August 06, 2019

#ArrestUs, say women, as NSW debates abortion

More than 60 women who have had abortions urged authorities to arrest them ahead of the New South Wales parliament debating a decriminalisation bill today. Emily Mayo, who had an abortion in 2005, launched the #ArrestUs campaign on Facebook and Twitter, …

the_briefing August 05, 2019

Suspects identified in US gun massacres

Two separate mass shootings in the United States have left at least 29 dead and 53 injured, with one attack linked to white supremacy and the other counting the suspected gunman’s sister among the victims. The first, a massacre in El Paso, Texas, saw …

the_briefing August 02, 2019

Whistle blown on NAB relationship with auditors

Documents leaked to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age reveal that while Australia’s banks faced scrutiny at the royal commission into banking, National Australia Bank chairman Ken Henry privately confided to auditors that the bank …

the_briefing August 01, 2019

Crown ad blitz amid new investigation

Crown Resorts is today running a series of full-page advertisements to counter what it describes as “deceitful” reporting on alleged links with organised crime. The casino operator is reportedly outlaying at least $250,000 on the advertisements ($) …

the_briefing July 26, 2019

Foreign fighters legislation passes Senate with bipartisan support

Civil liberties groups warn new counter-terrorism laws could see Australian journalists and whistleblowers refused entry to Australia. The “temporary exclusion” bill yesterday passed the Senate with bipartisan support, allowing the government to block …