Tom McIlroy

Tom McIlroy

Political reporter with The Australian Financial Review.

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Scott Morrison to the BCA: "I have always said we will only use carryover to the extent required. My ambition is that we will not need them + we are working to this as our goal, consistent with our record of over-delivering. I am confident our policies will get this job done" 1/

Coalition flouts Senate order by refusing to release Leppington triangle documents by @murpharoo 

Joint Five Eyes foreign ministers statement on Hong Kong

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Defence Force chief Angus Campbell won't speak to the fate of whistleblower David McBride. He's the only person charged so far, and he tried to call out these crimes.

“It’s been a great honour to work with you, and I look forward to working with you again for a long time,” @realDonaldTrump  tells G20 leaders

More on the 37,000 Aussies stranded overseas - this is the @dfat  opening statement to today's committee hearing

@dfat  Almost 426,600 Australian citizens and permanent residents have come home since March. About 1.3 percent have subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.

Former Tasmanian premier Will Hodgman will be Australia’s next High Commissioner to Singapore, Marise Payne has confirmed


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 

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg defends a $14m funding cuts to the Auditor-General, saying the ANAO has leftover budget and will have "broadly similar" staffing numbers. Auditor Grant Hehir has had to cut the number of annual audits by 10. He'd asked for more funding. #insiders 

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