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Chris Woods

Morning reporter

Chris Woods — Morning reporter

Chris is a Melbourne-based freelance journalist focusing on politics, science and social affairs

Coalition MP used franking inquiry for fundraising

Coalition MP used franking inquiry for fundraising

Good morning, early birds. Coalition MP Jason Falinski is under fire for using the franking credits inquiry to raise funds for the Liberal Party, and Australia rejects Thailand's claim that it issued a red notice for detained refugee Hakeem al-Araibi. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

The students fighting to make this the climate change election

The students fighting to make this the climate change election

"You don't give the bully the attention. We’ll focus on what we know is real."

Labor seeks probe of Hayne report leak

Labor seeks probe of Hayne report leak

Good morning, early birds. Labor is seeking an inquiry into the potential leaking of the banking royal commission report, and Home Affairs comes out swinging against Kerryn Phelps' medical evacuation bill. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Canberra blocks prominent Chinese political lobbyist Huang Xiangmo

Canberra blocks prominent Chinese political lobbyist Huang Xiangmo

Good morning, early birds. Chinese lobbyist and billionaire political donor Huang Xiangmo has had his Australian permanent residency blocked, and Scott Morrison rules out a snap election resulting from any upcoming losses in parliament. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Banking industry reacts to royal commission report

Banking industry reacts to royal commission report

Good morning, early birds. Media, political, and banking industry figures are reacting to the recommendations offered in Kenneth Hayne's landmark banking royal commission report, and Tasmania's long-burning bushfires look set for relief with rain predicted later this week. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Morrison budges on refugee medical transfers

Morrison budges on refugee medical transfers

Good morning, early birds. Scott Morrison has reportedly agreed to parts of Kerryn Phelps' offshore medical transfer bill, and the financial sector braces for a shake-up following today's release of the banking royal commission report. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Government braces for Hayne recommendations

Government braces for Hayne recommendations

Good morning, early birds. Scott Morrison is urging careful responses to the banking royal commission's final report, and officials have revealed that ADF personnel were involved in the deaths of up to 18 civilians in a 2017 incident in Iraq. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Julia Banks targets Greg Hunt in independent run

Julia Banks targets Greg Hunt in independent run

Good Morning, early birds. Former Liberal Julia Banks has confirmed that she will stand as an independent against Health Minister Greg Hunt in the federal election, and retirees mobilise against Labor's plan to end cash refunds for franking credits. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

US unveils criminal charges against Huawei

US unveils criminal charges against Huawei

Good morning, early birds. The US has unveiled a multi-charge indictment against Chinese tech giant Huawei and its CFO Meng Wanzhou, and former head of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Oliver Yates is set to take on Josh Frydenberg as an independent. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Murray-Darling Basin Plan likely breached Water Act

Murray-Darling Basin Plan likely breached Water Act

Good morning, early birds. A South Australian royal commission has found that the Murray-Darling Basin Plan likely breached the Water Act, and the Coalition gets a post-holiday bump in the polls. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.