Alex McKinnon
is Schwartz Media's morning editor, and a former editor of Junkee.

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the_briefing July 27, 2017

Trump bans transgender soldiers

United States President Donald Trump has announced a ban on transgender people serving in the military, writing on Twitter that the US armed forces “cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military …

the_briefing July 26, 2017

Iconic Indigenous artist dies

World-renowned musician and Yolngu man Dr G. Yunupingu has died in Darwin aged 46. The highest-selling Aboriginal artist in history, Dr Yunupingu’s music and unique singing voice catapulted him to international stardom; his albums sold more than half …

the_briefing July 25, 2017

Elijah Doughty verdict sparks protests

Protest rallies across the country marched yesterday in response to the verdict handed down in the Elijah Doughty case last week. A 56-year-old man was found not guilty of manslaughter after running down 14-year-old Doughty with his car last year, instead …

the_briefing July 24, 2017

Abbott finally claims a win

The NSW Liberal Party has passed the so-called “Warringah motion” giving party members a greater say in the preselection of candidates to contest state and federal elections. The reform, championed by former prime minister Tony Abbott, allows party …

the_briefing July 21, 2017

Legal wins for traditional owners

Two federal court rulings have handed major victories to traditional owners in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Yesterday the court granted exclusive native title over 2700 square kilometres of land in the Pilbara to the Yindjibarndi people, …

the_briefing July 20, 2017

Kakadu archaeological find rewrites history

Archaeologists working in Kakadu have uncovered proof Aboriginal people have been in Australia for at least 65,000 years. Working at the Jabiru mining lease east of Darwin, the archaeological team uncovered a stone axe 18,000 years older than any evidence …

the_briefing July 19, 2017

Offshore detention reaches a grim milestone

Vigils will be held across the country today to mark four years since mandatory offshore immigration detention was introduced by former prime minister Kevin Rudd. While the Manus Island detention centre is set to close in October after being ruled unconstitutional …

the_briefing July 18, 2017

Death of Indigenous teen reveals tensions

The Supreme Court of Western Australia has heard that a 55-year-old Kalgoorlie man ran over and killed 14-year-old Elijah Doughty in August last year after chasing the youth down a dirt track in his four-wheel drive. The man, who cannot be named, pursued …

the_briefing July 17, 2017

New terror powers for soldiers

Australian Defence Force personnel will be given sweeping new powers to act in response to domestic terror attacks. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and defence minister Marise Payne will today outline the ADF’s new powers, which will make it easier …