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the_briefing October 08, 2019

US begins Syria withdrawal

United States forces have begun a sudden and unflagged withdrawal from Northern Syria, which critics warn will further destabilise the region and put Australian lives at risk. US President Donald Trump, who agreed with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan …

the_briefing October 07, 2019

Labor counts election losses

The Labor Party faces a budget deficit after spending $31.9 million on the failed federal election campaign. The New Daily reports that the Labor Party budgeted for greater public funding from what it expected would be a successful election result …

the_briefing October 04, 2019

Dutton backed over climate activist crackdown

A number of Liberal National Party MPs have supported Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton’s call to strip welfare payments from climate protesters and jail them. Employment Minister Michaelia Cash told The Australian ($): “Taxpayers should …

the_briefing October 03, 2019

Police kill gunman after Western Sydney shootout

A gunman has been killed by police following a shooting spree across Sydney's west on Wednesday night. The man pulled up outside the Penrith police station on High Street and approached police armed with a pump-action 12-gauge shotgun, NSW Police said. …

the_briefing October 02, 2019

Former Trump adviser targets Downer

A former adviser to US President Donald Trump has said it is time for payback for former Australian foreign minister, diplomat and “Clinton ally” Alexander Downer, who he claims was “spying” on him. In an interview with The New Daily, …

the_briefing October 01, 2019

Trump pressed Morrison for investigation help

US President Trump pushed Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to help gather information to discredit the investigation into collusion with Russia, according to two American officials. The New York Times reports that officials claim to have …

the_briefing September 30, 2019

Australia world’s second-largest weapons importer

Australia was the world’s second biggest importer of military arms in 2018, according to analysis from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The ABC reports projects including the $17 billion Joint Strike Fighters program and the $50 …

the_briefing September 27, 2019

Trump Ukraine call ‘cover up’

An anonymous whistleblower claims the White House attempted to “lock down” records of a phone conversation at the heart of the impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump. The New York Times reported Thursday that a male …

the_briefing September 26, 2019

Australian coast faces extreme flooding every year

Sea levels are rising faster than previously thought, with a new UN report warning Australia's coastal communities are set to face massive disruptions from climate change unless rapid action is taken to cut carbon emissions. The report, compiled by more …

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