Max Opray
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the_briefing February 22, 2021

Australia begins vaccine rollout

Australia’s nationwide vaccine rollout begins today, with hotel quarantine workers, frontline healthcare staff and aged care residents among those first in line for the jab. Health Minister Greg Hunt promised “more than 60,000 doses in 240 aged care …

the_briefing February 19, 2021

Facebook’s news ban goes viral

Facebook is scrambling to restore government, essential services and charity pages caught up in its unprecedented attempt to ban the sharing of news on the platform. The sweeping ban took out the pages for the Bureau of Meteorology, fire and rescue services …

the_briefing February 18, 2021

Senate dismisses Family Court

The Senate has narrowly passed controversial changes to fold the Family Court of Australia into the Federal Circuit Court, with the Coalition securing the support of One Nation and independent Senator Rex Patrick. On Wednesday night, the Senate passed …

the_briefing February 17, 2021

Security sounded alarm over Higgins

A secret inquiry into Parliament House security has spent months investigating how the alleged rape of a political staffer was handled, including concerns over cleaners being sent to Defence Minister Linda Reynolds’ office. The former director of security …

the_briefing February 16, 2021

Staffer’s rape claim ‘put job on the line’

Former federal ministerial staffer Brittany Higgins plans to reactivate a police complaint about an alleged sexual assault in Parliament House in early 2019. In interviews with and Network Ten’s The Project, Higgins alleged she …

the_briefing February 15, 2021

JobKeeper a lifeline for 1.5 million

The latest release of JobKeeper recipient numbers indicates an unequal recovery from the recession, with lockdown-hit Victoria and tourism regions continuing to rely on the wage subsidy. According to figures released by the Tax Office, 626,000 Victorians …

the_briefing February 12, 2021

Crown executives run out of luck

Crown Resorts chief executive Ken Barton and director Andrew Demetriou will both step down in the wake of a damning report into the casino giant’s dealings. Barton is expected to formally step down today, in the wake of the NSW Independent Liquor and …

the_briefing February 11, 2021

Victoria outbreak linked to nebuliser

South Australia has implemented a hard border closure on Greater Melbourne overnight, as a Covid-19 cluster linked to the use of a nebuliser at the Holiday Inn hotel grows to eight. With a further two cases identified late yesterday afternoon, Victorian …

the_briefing February 10, 2021

US Senate begins Trump trial

Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial has opened in the United States Senate, with Democrats arguing that the former president should be convicted for inciting a violent mob of his supporters to attack the Capitol. Senators sitting as jurors watched …