Max Opray
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the_briefing July 01, 2020

Border controls on hotspot suburbs

Victorian Police will establish border checkpoints on 36 Melbourne suburbs locked down over Covid-19, with more than 300,000 residents facing on-the-spot fines for leaving their homes from 11.59pm tonight. The unprecedented controls, in place for all …

the_briefing June 30, 2020

Victorian spike threatens border reopenings

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has flagged that the lifting of state borders within Australia will delay reopening international travel between the two countries, as Victorian cases continue to surge. Ardern on Monday said New Zealand would …

the_briefing June 29, 2020

SAS boss concedes war crimes

Special Forces Commander Major General Adam Findlay has admitted that Australian soldiers committed war crimes in Afghanistan, according to leaked records of a secret military briefing. Findlay claimed “there are guys who criminally did something” …

the_briefing June 26, 2020

Australia, NZ to host World Cup

A joint bid from Australia and New Zealand has edged out Colombia to win the right to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s football World Cup. In the early hours of Friday, FIFA announced that Australia and New Zealand received 22 of the valid 35 votes from the …

the_briefing June 25, 2020

IMF warning on wage support

The International Monetary Fund has warned governments that a sudden end to wage subsidies would jeopardise the recovery, as updated forecasts indicated the world will be left with more debt than at the end of World War II. The IMF projects a deeper global …

the_briefing June 24, 2020

Albanese seeks energy policy truce

Labor leader Anthony Albanese will today offer the Morrison government bipartisan support to design a new energy policy, including potential backing of controversial carbon capture and storage technologies. In a letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison …

the_briefing June 23, 2020

Labor calls for robodebt royal commission

Labor will today join the Greens’ call for a royal commission into the Coalition’s robodebt program, which saw 470,000 unlawful demands for money made to welfare recipients. Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese will pledge to initiate a public inquiry …

the_briefing June 22, 2020

Hotspots targeted to control outbreak

Australia's chief health officers have urged against travel to six local government areas in Melbourne, as authorities switch to more targeted measures to ward off a second wave of Covid-19. On Sunday night the Australian health protection principal committee …

the_briefing June 19, 2020

Uni fees double for humanities courses

Education minister Dan Tehan will today announce a plan to more than double the cost of humanities degrees and slash prices for “job-relevant” science, engineering, nursing and maths courses. In a speech at the National Press Club at 12.30pm AEST, …