Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson is Canberra bureau chief. Most recently Chris was the National Political Correspondent for The Sunday Age and The Sun-Herald

Canberra the backdrop in Gary Davis documentary from Woody Mann

Woody Mann

Chris Johnson For this weekend only, Canberra is the international launch pad for a movie praising one of that music's greatest ambassadors.

Greens try to dodge federal fallout

Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne addresses the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra on Wednesday 26 September 2012.

Chris Johnson The Australian Greens are determined to blame their party's drubbing in the ACT election squarely on local issues, in the hope the poor result will not be repeated at a federal level.

Federal calling, but Zed denies plans to move

ACT Opposition leader Zed Seselja

Chris Johnson, Michael Inman ACT Liberal leader Zed Seselja insists he has no plans to move into federal politics, despite party insiders suggesting that he does and political pundits saying that he should.

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Brown endorses activist Sheikh

Chris Johnson Former Greens leader Bob Brown has endorsed Simon Sheikh to represent the party in its bid to unseat Liberal senator Gary Humphries in next year's federal election.

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Embassy projects to face scrutiny

16th June 2010, The Canberra Times Lyn Mills Socials................Mid Winter Ball......Chris Uhlmann and Gai Brodtmann SPECIAL 15

Chris Johnson Plans to build nine foreign embassies on a controversial site at Stirling Park could be seriously impeded by the establishment of a high-level parliamentary inquiry.

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Inquiry granted to probe ACT's embassies management

Chris Johnson Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann has succeeded in initiating a wide-reaching inquiry into the management of diplomatic estates in the ACT.

Leigh escapes public censure from Gillard

The Federal Member for Fraser, Andrew Leigh, MP, addresses members of the public at the Ginninderra Labor Club.

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard has defended Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh's behaviour in proposing a pro-Palestine motion to caucus that could have severely embarrassed her.

Prime Minister won't 'slash and burn' public service

Prime Minister Julia Gillard poses for a portrait in her Parliament House suite in Canberra on Thursday 29 November 2012.

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard has promised not to ''slash and burn'' the public service despite some tough budget measures affecting the sector.

In the deep south, grumbles run deeper

The view from the top of Urambi Hills Nature reserve looking down on Oxley.

Chris Johnson The 'nappy valley' is evolving into the 'unhappy valley'. There's a growing feeling among residents that the area is being left behind when it comes to infrastructure, resources and services.

Bookshop may be in gun again over manuals

Simon Maddox, proprietor of Beyond Q Bookshop at the Curtin
Shops, with a collection of warfare training pamphlets for sale.

Chris Johnson Curtin's Beyond Q Bookshop is bracing itself for another military police raid.

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Labor proves a good bet in ACT

Federal MP Andrew Leigh.

Chris Johnson Bets are open and Labor is looking good in the ACT - if not in too many other places around Australia.

Exodus: religious members leave club

Canberra Southern Cross Club

Chris Johnson The Canberra Southern Cross Club has experienced an exodus of its so-called "religious members" since being forced to charge clergy for the privilege of enjoying its facilities.

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PS union ready for fight over jobs threat

FLOOD headshot for federal budget reax
CPSU National Secretary Nadine Flood pictured at Parliament House, Canberra Monday, May 10, 2010. Image/Mark Graham Nadine Flood

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Chris Johnson The Community and Public Sector Union would ramp up its campaign to protect public service jobs before the September 14 poll, national secretary Nadine Flood declared on Wednesday.

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10 minutes to clear the air and the decks

18th October 2012, Story by Lisa Cox , Canberra Times Photograph by, Colleen Petch,  (l to r ) Gary Humphries and Zed Seselja in the Senate courtyard at Parliament House to front the media.

Chris Johnson It was a long time coming, but in the end it took just 10 minutes for Zed Seselja to make it clear to Gary Humphries that he wanted his job.

Unused 'embassy blocks' scattered around ACT

NEWS:  Gai Brodtmann on a vacant block of land reserved for a embassy off Forster Crescent  .18th February 2013.  Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times.

Chris Johnson Nearly two dozen vacant blocks of land in Canberra's diplomatic precincts are being held in reserve for foreign embassies, even though many of the nations holding onto them already have established...

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One former resident with a few reasons to return

Kevin Rudd.

Chris Johnson Some former prime ministers don't have a lot of nice things to say about Canberra, but Kevin Rudd is not one of them.

Didge a can-do chauffeur

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Andrew Harding is chauffeur to the South Korean ambassador. 
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Photo: Rohan Thomson. The Canberra Times.

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Chris Johnson There are number of must-have qualities needed to be a personal chauffeur to a foreign diplomat.

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Moving to a new beat

Chris Johnson When Canberra music identity Dave O'Neill was a young fella he was smitten with the blues and soaked up records from as many of the old great delta bluesmen as he could find.

Economic role puts Leigh in spotlight

Chris Johnson Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh has joined Julia Gillard's frontbench as the parliamentary secretary to the PM.

PS union backs agency mergers

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Chris Johnson The public service union is welcoming the emergence of a federal mega-department.

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