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

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

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Andrew Harding is chauffeur to the South Korean ambassador. 
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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.

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.

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

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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

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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

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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.