Max Opray
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the_briefing June 12, 2020

Court blocks refugee protest

Refugee activists have pledged to go ahead with a protest this weekend in Sydney despite the Supreme Court of New South Wales moving to block the gathering on public health grounds. In a Thursday night ruling, Justice Michael Walton granted a NSW police …

the_briefing June 11, 2020

Broker leak reveals Adani insurers

Leaked invoices reveal four global insurers are underwriting the Adani coal mine in Queensland, despite all of them promoting climate policies that restrict coverage of new coal projects. Global firms Liberty International Underwriters, HDI, XL Australia, …

the_briefing June 10, 2020

Senate to vote on JobKeeper expansion

The JobKeeper wage subsidy is expected to dominate debate today as parliament resumes for two weeks of sittings in Canberra. The Senate will vote on whether to expand the scheme to include workers at foreign government-owned companies such as airline …

the_briefing June 09, 2020

Push to close the gap in prisons

A meeting will be held today ($) to discuss more ambitious targets to reduce Indigenous incarceration, as a new study finds three quarters of the Australian population is biased against Indigenous Australians. In the wake of mass weekend protests, Indigenous …

the_briefing June 05, 2020

New security test for foreign investment

The federal government is to propose ($) a new national security test for all foreign investment bids for sensitive assets, with no minimum dollar threshold to trigger the assessment. According to The Australian, the test will encompass sectors …

the_briefing June 04, 2020

New charges in George Floyd death

The former Minneapolis Police officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd's neck has had his charges upgraded to second-degree murder, and a trio of police officers on the scene have been charged with aiding and abetting the act. Derek Chauvin, 44, …

the_briefing June 03, 2020

US defends free press crackdown

The US ambassador to Australia has said his country remains committed to a free press, as Foreign Minister Marise Payne confirmed a formal complaint over a police assault of Channel 7 media during a brutal crackdown on non-violent protests outside the …

the_briefing June 02, 2020

Government plots robodebt return

The federal government is considering new laws to preserve the controversial income data method that prompted the refund of $720 million in unlawful robodebts on Friday. According to Guardian Australia, the solicitor-general explored legislative …

the_briefing June 01, 2020

Australians warned over US protests

Australians in the United States have been issued a Smartraveller warning to avoid large gatherings, after the country imposed curfews and authorities violently cracked down on protests over police killings of African Americans in custody. Protests and …