Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson is the National Political Correspondent for The Sunday Age and The Sun-Herald

Jobs, sponsorship won't go with lost contract, says ActewAGL

Chris Johnson ActewAGL insists no local jobs or sponsorship will be jeopardised as a result of it losing a major contract to supply the ACT Government electricity.

ActewAGL loses ACT govt contract

Plug in power point

Chris Johnson ActewAGL, a premier sponsor of Canberra's centenary celebrations, has lost a major contract to supply the government electricity.

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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.

Capital out front in NDIS support

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher speaking at the launch of the Aspiration Initiative at the University of Canberra.

Chris Johnson Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has signed up the ACT to the launch of a National Disability Insurance Scheme site that she says will reap benefits for up to 5000 local disabled people.

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.

Lundy office 'dysfunctional'

Senator Kate Lundy.

Chris Johnson Sports Minister Kate Lundy has embarked on a major restructure of the way her office is run, with new staff being brought in to address what insiders are describing as a ''level of dysfunction''.

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.

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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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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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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Push for budget surplus hurting Canberra's economy

House under construction

Chris Johnson The federal government's push for a budget surplus is adversely impacting the ACT economy as the public sector is forced to further tighten its belt, according to new economic research.

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Greens squabbling about Sheikh's Senate preselection

GetUp! national director Simon Sheikh.

Chris Johnson ACT Greens are fighting among themselves for the right to try to unseat Liberal senator Gary Humphries in next year's election.

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All eyes on the Green man

Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury

Chris Johnson Australian Greens leader Christine Milne will play an influential role in which party forms government in the ACT, with Shane Rattenbury admitting he will seek her advice.

All eyes on the Green man

28 October 2012.  News. Journalist Michael Inman. Canberra Times Photo by Jeffrey Chan.  Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury at his Braddon home following the release of the final results in the ACT Election.  28 October Photo: Jeffrey Chan

Chris Johnson Australian Greens leader Christine Milne will play an influential role in which party forms government in the ACT, with Shane Rattenbury admitting he will seek her advice.

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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.

ACT Lib expecting Greens with cash

Gary Humphries

Chris Johnson ACT Liberal senator Gary Humphries expects the Greens to throw ''huge resources and lots of money'' into their campaign to unseat him at the next federal election.

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Former GetUp! director wants ACT Senate seat

GetUp! national director Simon Sheikh.

Chris Johnson Former GetUp! director Simon Sheikh is making a tilt for an ACT Senate seat and has thrown his hat into the ring for Greens preselection.

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Call to investigate paediatric pledge

Senator Gary Humphries.

Chris Johnson, Lisa Cox Liberal Senator Gary Humphries has demanded the Australian Electoral Commission investigate a Federal Government pledge to boost paediatric services in the ACT.

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PM, treasurer condemn joke

Chris Johnson Treasurer Wayne Swan gave a speech at a union dinner in Canberra just minutes after a comedian delivered an offensive joke targeting Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and his female chief of staff, Peta...