Tom McIlroy

Tom McIlroy

Political reporter with The Australian Financial Review.

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Greg Hunt says there are strong reserves of hospital capacity around the country. Currently 92 people in hospital nationally, fewer than 20 in intensive care.

Former directors and heritage advocates will tell Parliament not to approve the half billion dollar Australian War Memorial redevelopment

NSW hands returned travellers early quarantine release, by @ronmjm ⁩

Victorian bureaucrats warned about hotel quarantine risks on day one, leaked emails show via @theage 

New Zealand opposition leader quits after seven weeks in job and two months out from election

National Archives of Australia boss David Fricker says Professor Jenny Hocking has just received a full set of the Palace Letters - she's stuck in Melbourne due to COVID travel restrictions

The big firm that won the race for taxpayer cash by @ronmjm 


In Australia, John McCain calls Vladimir Putin "the premier" global threat, greater than ISIS

Sarah Hanson-Young has called for about half a billion dollars in funding for redevelopment of the Australian War Memorial and commemorations of Captain Cook's voyage to Australia to be redirected to arts and culture projects to help artists out of work due to COVID-19

This is one of the important stories of the week that didn't get enough attention: former Department of Human Services boss Renee Leon says government is "sick of experts" and some ministers regard independent advice from the public service as an affront

Don't go breaking my heart. I couldn't if I tried. #debatenight 

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Greg Sheridan just hung up on Virginia Trioli, when she asked him about his Insiders comments on ABC coverage of Cardinal George Pell yesterday. He was on to talk about foreign affairs and accused the broadcaster of having a glass jaw.

Breaking: Scott Morrison has implemented Australia's emergency response plan to deal with the #COVID19  coronavirus. The National Security Committee of Cabinet took the decision based on the advice of medical authorities and expectations of a pandemic #auspol 

All the non-government senators have ganged up to force the government to hand over the Gaetjens report in the sports rorts sage - under a Senate motion for tomorrow Mathias Cormann would be blocked from representing the PM at QT and estimates if the report isn't tabled #auspol 

The Morrison government spends nearly $1.2b with just eight consulting firms