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

10 minutes to clear the air and the decks

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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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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Power supplier pledges support


Chris Johnson The Queensland-based energy retailer that successfully snatched a contract from ActewAGL to supply the ACT government with electricity says it is committed to sponsoring local organisations - but it...

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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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