Max Opray
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the_briefing May 08, 2020

National cabinet mulls rollback

The national cabinet will meet today to consider a timetable for easing restrictions, as state premiers warn against relaxing measures too early. The meeting of federal, state and territory leaders will discuss a staged lifting of restrictions, potentially …

the_briefing May 07, 2020

Early-access super scheme hacked

Federal police are investigating a data breach in the early-access superannuation scheme, as Labor warns the hack could undermine confidence in the ailing COVIDSafe app. There have been at least 100 cases of fraudulent activity affecting those who registered …

the_briefing May 06, 2020

Virus control bungles emerge

Victoria’s Health Department was aware of a Covid-19 case at an abattoir weeks before the infections worsened, as private medical company Aspen Medical faces new allegations over handling of a Sydney nursing home outbreak. The Australian ($) …

the_briefing May 05, 2020

Ardern joins national cabinet

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will participate in Australia’s national cabinet meeting of state and federal leaders today, to discuss a “trans-Tasman bubble” to open up travel and business between the two countries. Ardern, who will …

the_briefing May 04, 2020

Morrison pressures ABC over app

The ABC altered a story on Australia’s Covid-19 contact tracing app following a written complaint from the office of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, which criticised “unnecessarily alarmist” coverage of privacy concerns. Morrison’s senior media …

News May 02, 2020

Angus Taylor’s bioenergy plans

As the Covid-19 disruption pushes Australia to rethink its energy security, minister Angus Taylor is championing a national bioenergy road map. But is this plan as green as he claims?

the_briefing May 01, 2020

Aged-care visits on cabinet agenda

A draft voluntary code of practice allowing visits to dying relatives in nursing homes will be released today, as the national cabinet meets to discuss aged care restrictions. Council on the Ageing chief executive Ian Yates told The Sydney Morning …

the_briefing April 30, 2020

Finkel urges drug trial prudence

Australia’s chief scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, has cautioned against claims of sudden cures for COVID-19, as results from preliminary drug trials dominate media headlines. Finkel issued the warning on Wednesday at the launch of the Rapid Research Information …

the_briefing April 29, 2020

Tehan offers $3.3bn to private schools

Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan has unveiled an offer of more than $3.3 billion in early funding for private schools on the condition students return to classrooms within a month. Tehan wrote to the independent schools’ peak body and the National …