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

One former resident with a few reasons to return

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.

Zed for Canberra?

ACT Liberal leader Zed Seselja announces his new team.

Chris Johnson Speculation is rising among ACT Liberals that Zed Seselja may put his hand up for the seat of Canberra if his senate preselection is overturned.

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Bonus rort for public servants 'over soon'

Liberal MP Bronwyn Bishop.

Chris Johnson Wasting taxpayer funds on redundancy packages for Commonwealth public servants who are close to retiring will soon be a thing of the past, according to the federal opposition.

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Party anger motivates Humphries

Senator Gary Humphries.

Chris Johnson Gary Humphries insists it is the outrage of party members that has caused him to keep fighting for his job.

Seselja supports Morrison comments


Chris Johnson Would-be Liberal senator Zed Seselja has bought into the federal fight over asylum-seeker policy, saying he supports the call for tighter security checks for those released into the community.

Abbott urges branch to refocus on election fight

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. n

Chris Johnson ACT Liberals may have snubbed the wishes of their federal leader, but Tony Abbott wants them to turn their focus to beating Labor.

Explain job losses: Sheikh's challenge to victor

Greens candidate Simon Sheikh at the Press club, Canberra.

Chris Johnson Greens ACT candidate for the Senate Simon Sheikh does want a public debate with the winner of Saturday's Liberal preselection battle.

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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Trust 'gone' for ministers and PS


Chris Johnson The federal government's dealings with the public service are at an all-time low, according to senior bureaucrats who say a culture of distrust has been thrust on them.

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Seselja speaks, and so do the feds

News. ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja speaks at a press conference on his contesting the ACT Senate spot. 4th of February 2013.  Canberra Times Photo by Katherine Griffiths

Chris Johnson Outgoing ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja has broken his silence over claims of process irregularities in his preselection challenge to serving senator Gary Humphries as more prominent Liberal...

Pay cut for 'senator Seselja'

News. ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja speaks at a press conference on his contesting the ACT Senate spot.  4th of February 2013.  Canberra Times Photo by Katherine Griffiths

Lisa Cox, Chris Johnson Outgoing Canberra Liberals Leader Zed Seselja will likely take a pay cut in base salary if his bid to roll Gary Humphries for his seat in the Senate is successful.

Brodtmann fires up for PS

NEWS - Federal member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann walks down Anketell St Tuggeranong.   Canberra.                               20th December2012.                                                                                                                                                             Photo : Colleen Petch of the Canberra Times

Chris Johnson Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann has delivered a withering parliamentary attack against the Coalition, insisting the ACT risks a serious economic downturn if Tony Abbott wins this year's federal...

Humphries cosies up to Abbott

Tony Abbott with Gary Humphries.

Chris Johnson Gary Humphries is lapping up the public support given him by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott in the already bitter battle for the Liberal Party's ACT senate preselection.

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.

Abbott backs Humphries for Senate

Senator Humphries makes a statement regarding preselection for the Senate.

Chris Johnson Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has thrown his support behind the incumbent, Senator Gary Humphries, in what is shaping up to be a bitter fight for the Liberals' ACT Senate preselection.

Abbott backs Humphries in battle with Seselja


Chris Johnson Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has thrown his support behind incumbent senator Gary Humphries in the emerging fight for the ACT Liberal senate preselection.

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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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Brown urges ACT voters to stop Katter's Senate run


Chris Johnson Former Greens leader Bob Brown is appealing to Canberra voters not to let Katter's Australia Party get a hold of the Senate.

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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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