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The medivac bill is a minor win, but it teases a more compassionate Australia

The medivac bill is a minor win, but it teases a more compassionate Australia

Australian asylum policy has been a 20-year fight to the bottom. Is there finally a turning point in sight?

Labor, crossbench deliver historic loss to Morrison government

Labor, crossbench deliver historic loss to Morrison government

Good morning, early birds. The government has been delivered its long-awaited historic loss in parliament over medical evacuation legislation, and the Coalition and Labor continue to duke it out in a jam-packed start to the sitting year. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Hakeem heading home after Thailand drops case

Hakeem heading home after Thailand drops case

Good morning, early birds. Freed Bahraini refugee Hakeem al-Araibi is expected to be home in Australia within hours, and Bill Shorten faces the year's first parliamentary sitting day having backflipped on support for medical transfer legislation. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Shorten tipped to falter on medical transfer support

Shorten tipped to falter on medical transfer support

Good morning, early birds. There are warnings that Bill Shorten is set to ramp down his support for Kerryn Phelps' medical transfer legislation, and a NSW Liberal power broker backs Labor. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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.

Is Scott Morrison’s latest refugee transfer policy actually a major concession?

Is Scott Morrison’s latest refugee transfer policy actually a major concession?

After trying to appease Kerryn Phelps and the crossbench, Morrison has returned to talking tough on asylum seekers. But was his policy ever a big shift?

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.

Where does the crossbench stand on asylum seekers?

Where does the crossbench stand on asylum seekers?

It goes without saying that the crossbenchers are hugely important for next week's vote on medical evacuations. But where do they stand?

Encryption bill faces eleventh hour amendments

Encryption bill faces eleventh hour amendments

Good morning, early birds. The government's anti-encryption bill is set to be passed today after last-minute recommendations were tabled, the Coalition calls for voter ID laws to counter "mistrust of politicians", and Indigenous and LGBTIQ storytelling cleans up at the AACTAs. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Craig Kelly set to become latest Liberal defection

Craig Kelly set to become latest Liberal defection

Good morning, early birds. Liberal MP Craig Kelly has confirmed he will seek re-election as an independent, Kerryn Phelps is set to introduce a bill to evacuate children from Nauru, and late Indigenous artist Gurrumul is honoured at the Aria Awards. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.