Max Opray
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the_briefing December 10, 2019

Police: no survivors on NZ volcano

Five people are dead, eight are missing and 31 are in hospital after a New Zealand volcano eruption on Monday caught visiting tourists, including Australians, off guard. New Zealand police believe there are no survivors among those left behind on Whakaari/White …

the_briefing December 09, 2019

Taylor heads to UN climate conference

Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor is heading to the United Nations climate negotiations in Madrid this week, where he will fight to justify Australia's plan to count “carry-over credits” towards national targets. The conference …

the_briefing December 06, 2019

Exploiting far right for profit

An investigation has uncovered a covert enterprise that co-opted at least 21 far-right Facebook pages to monetise Islamophobia across the world. The Guardian reports that the pages would funnel audiences to 10 websites to earn advertising revenue. …

the_briefing December 05, 2019

Senators call for Taylor inquiry

Scandals continue to swirl around Energy Minister Angus Taylor, with key developments in the grasslands inquiry and the doctored documents saga. A Senate committee on Wednesday found Taylor “consciously used his position as an MP and minister” to …

the_briefing December 04, 2019

Bushfire smoke hits record levels

A ring of bushfires around Sydney is causing the city to experience record levels of hazardous particulates in the air, with smoke expected to linger across New South Wales for weeks. The NSW environment department reported that ($) safe guidelines for …

the_briefing December 03, 2019

Tech giants lobby against regulations

Technology companies Facebook, Google and Twitter are lobbying the Morrison government to roll back its response to the competition watchdog’s digital platforms inquiry. The Australian reports that the company representatives met MPs in Parliament …

the_briefing December 02, 2019

Morrison unveils measures to counter foreign interference

The Morrison government will spend close to $90 million on a new counter foreign interference task force to target those believed to be undermining Australia's national interests. The initiative will for the first time ($) see domestic spy agency ASIO …

the_briefing November 29, 2019

Westpac double standard inspires crossbench revolt

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson said an inadequate response to the Westpac scandal prompted her surprise blocking of the Morrison government’s crackdown on unions. Hanson, who with fellow One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts, unexpectedly voted with …

the_briefing November 28, 2019

Lambie pushes for New Zealand resettlement deal

Senator Jacqui Lambie has asked the Morrison government to consider New Zealand’s offer to receive offshore asylum seekers, as she weighs her critical vote on whether to repeal the medical evacuation laws. The Tasmanian independent issued a statement …