Max Opray
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News March 14, 2020

Private schools’ spending arms race heats up

While the nation’s elite schools outspend one another building new facilities, experts question why public schools have effectively had their funding cut.

the_briefing March 13, 2020

Call to ban public gatherings

Medical professionals are urging the Morrison Government to ban large public gatherings in response to COVID-19, as organisers of the Australian Grand Prix agree to call off the event. West Australian president of the Australian Medical Association, Andrew …

the_briefing March 12, 2020

Stimulus arrives as pandemic declared

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will today unveil a stimulus package expected to be worth almost $18 billion, as the World Health Organisation officially designated COVID-19 a global pandemic. The package includes ($) tax breaks for small businesses which …

the_briefing March 11, 2020

ASIO warns of ‘race war’ threat

A classified ASIO intelligence report warns that Australian white supremacists may launch a terrorist attack in a bid to “accelerate the race war”. The report, obtained by The Saturday Paper, details concerns that the far-right movement may …

the_briefing March 10, 2020

Cabinet scrambles to finalise stimulus

Federal cabinet is today expected to sign off on a stimulus package worth up to $10 billion, in the wake of the worst day for the Australian sharemarket since the global financial crisis. The Morrison government will consider ($) reversing its opposition …

the_briefing March 06, 2020

Tourism ministers seek virus help

State tourism ministers will lobby federal trade and tourism minister Simon Birmingham for extra funding at a crisis meeting in Canberra today, as the travel sector reels from COVID-19 containment measures. The agenda paper for the meeting, obtained by …

the_briefing March 05, 2020

COVID-19 hits nursing home

A 95-year-old resident of a Sydney aged-care facility who died this week tested positive for COVID-19, as criticism of the federal government’s response to the outbreak grows. It is feared that an aged-care worker also diagnosed with COVID-19 exposed …

the_briefing March 04, 2020

Manus Island guard takes own life

A former Manus Island detention centre security guard wrote a suicide note addressed to the Prime Minister and took her own life, ahead of a legal showdown with the Australian government and G4S Australia. The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald …

the_briefing March 03, 2020

Police grapple with domestic violence accusations

The Queensland Police Service has admitted that 84 serving officers have been accused of domestic violence in the last five years. In a statement, the police service told Guardian Australia that they “manage or support” officers in domestic …