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.

Fun really starts after dark at the National Folk Festival

The National Folk Festival by night in Canberra.

Chris Johnson Best kept secret at the National Folk Festival? Late nights.

Abbott: I pledge myself to the service of this country

Chris Johnson THE Coalition has been swept to a convincing election victory in a result that could keep Labor in the political wilderness for a decade, with incoming prime minister Tony Abbott declaring the...

Protest songs set to strike another chord

Chris Johnson When it comes to anti-war songs Bob Dylan pretty much had the market cornered in the early 1960s.

Sheikh explains history of Labor membership


Chris Johnson Greens Senate candidate Simon Sheikh has been called on to explain his former membership of the ALP.

New evidence of Antarctic ice melts


Chris Johnson and Emma Macdonald Australian and British scientists have uncovered startling evidence of rapid ice melt in Antarctica.

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Taxis to offer most access to rail terminal

A high-speed rail station planned to go below Ainslie Avenue near the Canberra Centre.

Chris Johnson Access to and from Canberra’s high speed rail terminal would rely very little on public transport, according to a report into the proposed network.

Airport backs rail line to Civic

Chris Johnson Canberra Airport has welcomed the latest government report into high-speed rail even though it advocates a different vision than it had itself proposed.

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Ainslie Avenue slated as Canberra Station

The proposed location of a Canberra high-speed rail station. (U = under road, V = vent)

Hamish Boland-Rudder, Chris Johnson A three-platform station servicing more than 3,000 passengers per hour could be placed immediately behind the Canberra Centre, under a proposed plan for a high-speed rail network on Australia’s east...

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Super changes to hit ACT

Treasurer Wayne Swan and Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation Bill Shorten, speak to the media during a joint press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Friday 5 April 2013.

Chris Johnson Canberra will be hit harder by Labor's superannuation changes than anywhere else in the country because of its high number of wealthy public service retirees.

Relieved to be safe from the nest egg nerves


Chris Johnson Retired public servant Fred Pilcher is one Canberran who is pleased he doesn't have to worry about his superannuation being tinkered with.

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Survey does Seselja no favours on popularity

Zed Seselja.

Chris Johnson Liberal Party Senate candidate Zed Seselja may need to work hard to win over his constituents.

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Must try harder, says Japan

Ambassador of Japan Yoshitaka Akimoto.

Chris Johnson T he greatest threat to the bilateral relationship between Australia and Japan is complacency, according to Japan's new ambassador to Canberra Yoshitaka Akimoto.

Finding the perfect balance

Chris Johnson Nashville-based Kieran Kane may have built a formidable reputation as a solo performer and he has written a string of songs that have been recorded by the music industry's elite.

A busy first day for new frontbencher

Andrew Leigh talks to Jan McLucas at Parliament House as she hands over the duties of Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister.

Chris Johnson There is nothing like being thrown in at the deep end.

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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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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.

Didge a can-do chauffeur

Andrew Harding is chauffeur to the South Korean ambassador. 
27 Feb 2013
Photo: Rohan Thomson. The Canberra Times.


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

Ambassador welcomes new pope

Cardinal Jose Mario Bergoglio is now Pope Francis.

Chris Johnson Argentinian Ambassador to Australia Pedro Villagra Delgado has welcomed the appointment of the Pope Francis but says it is a decision that has ramifications for far more than his country.