Max Opray
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the_briefing November 27, 2020

Fears over Iran hostage diplomacy

Rights groups fear a prisoner-swap deal with Iran to free Kylie Moore-Gilbert will encourage more hostage-taking, as new revelations indicate the British-Australian academic was arrested over her relationship with an Israeli citizen. The discovery of …

the_briefing November 26, 2020

Australian freed in Iran ‘prisoner swap’

Australian-British academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert has been released from jail in a prisoner swap involving three Iranians, according to state media outlets in the Islamic republic. The University of Melbourne lecturer on Middle Eastern studies was serving …

the_briefing November 25, 2020

Gas approval opens ‘climate floodgates’

The Morrison government has granted environmental approval to the $3.6 billion Narrabri gas project in New South Wales, despite concerns it could contaminate groundwater and fuel the climate crisis. The approval allows gas giant Santos to drill 850 wells …

the_briefing November 24, 2020

First vaccine jabs as early as March

Promising late-stage trials of Australia’s preferred Covid-19 vaccine and alternatives mean the national vaccination program could begin in March for health workers and the vulnerable. Trials of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which Australia has a deal to …

the_briefing November 23, 2020

NSW reopens Victorian border

Victorians today are no longer required to wear masks outdoors and are free to cross the border into New South Wales, as the state continues to report no Covid-19 community transmission. The end to mandatory mask wearing is one of a host of restrictions …

News November 21, 2020

Covid-19 and the bushfire season

While South Australia scrambles to contain its coronavirus outbreak, there are concerns whether the state – and the rest of the country – will be able to cope with the dual crises of the pandemic and bushfire season.

the_briefing November 20, 2020

War crimes inquiry shocks the nation

The Australian military is reeling after a landmark war crimes inquiry recommended 19 current and former soldiers be investigated by police over the alleged murders of 39 civilians in Afghanistan. The inquiry pointed the finger at non-commissioned officers …

the_briefing November 19, 2020

SA begins six-day ‘circuit breaker’

South Australia today begins a strict six-day “circuit breaker” lockdown, as health authorities race to contain the state’s first Covid-19 outbreak in months. The statewide lockdown forbids residents from leaving their homes even to exercise, with …

the_briefing November 18, 2020

Welfare cut pushes more into poverty

New analysis shows an additional 330,000 welfare recipients will fall below the poverty line when the Morrison government reduces the coronavirus supplement at the end of the year. The Australian National University modelling shows the $100 cut would …