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James Massola

James Massola is a political correspondent in the Canberra bureau. He has worked in the federal press gallery for six years, most recently as political correspondent for The Australian Financial Review.

Angry Liberal MPs question Tony Abbott 'resistance movement' and Monkey Pod lunches

James Massola Liberal MPs are increasingly frustrated a "resistance movement" has sprung up around former prime minister Tony Abbott.

Scott Morrison defends foreign investment policy after Kidman decision creates Coalition divisions

Treasurer Scott Morrison.

James Massola Treasurer Scott Morrison has launched a strong defence of foreign investment in Australian agriculture, days after blocking the sale of the 101,411-square-kilometre S.

Kidman cattle stations: Andrew Robb criticises Scott Morrison's 'political' decision to block sale

Andrew Robb said a deal could be negotiated within 12 months.

Peter Hartcher, James Massola, Jared Lynch Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb has branded his government'€™s decision to block the foreign sale of the sprawling S Kidman & Co cattle stations as...

Russia won't 'cling' to Assad, envoy says

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

David Wroe and James Massola Russia will not "cling" to the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, a spokesman for the embassy in Canberra has insisted, as world powers continue to warily discuss joining forces to end Syria's bloody...

Corporate tax: Labor's Andrew Leigh signals cut not a priority

Andrew Leigh says Australia cannot afford to be complacent about its corporate tax settings.

James Massola Labor's assistant treasury spokesman, Andrew Leigh, has questioned the overall benefits for the economy of company tax cuts and says the ALP would not consider tax breaks for business until...

Why is Tony Abbott making so many media appearances while Malcolm Turnbull is away?

Tony Abbott has come close to breaking the

James Massola Liberal MPs are starting to ask if the former prime minister is on the verge of breaking his "no sniping" promise.

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Leave our boy's seat alone: Parents of Barton MP Nick Varvaris appeal to AEC

Liberal MP Nickolas Varvaris' NSW seat of Barton becomes notionally Labor under boundary changes proposed by the Australian Electoral Commission.

James Massola In politics, as in life, everyone needs a helping hand from Mum and Dad sometimes - and NSW MP Nickolas Varvaris is apparently no exception.

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Islamic State wants to attack and destroy us, ASIO chief Duncan Lewis warns

ASIO head Duncan Lewis says Australia must be ''enormously resolute'' against terror threats.

James Massola, Political Correspondent Radical Islamists such as those from Islamic State want to attack and destroy Western cultures and societies such as Australia, the nation's top spy chief says.

Conservative MPs rebuke Malcolm Turnbull for Peter Dutton's axing from national security committee

Kevin Andrews

James Massola, Political Correspondent Dumped former defence minister Kevin Andrews has challenged Malcolm Turnbull to restore Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to the powerful national security committee of cabinet, in a direct rebuke to...

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Paris attacks: Peter Dutton defends border policies amid calls for Australia to close its doors

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has pushed back at calls for Australia to close its borders in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Lisa Cox, James Massola Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has defended Australia's tough border security policies in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, pushing back on calls for Australia to close it borders.

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Six sites shortlisted for Australia's first permanent nuclear waste dump revealed

The shortlist of six sites to host Australia's first permanent nuclear waste dump has been released.

James Massola The Turnbull government has finally released a shortlist of six sites that are in the running to host Australia's first permanent nuclear waste dump for low-level and intermediate waste.

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Abbott office closely monitored Bill Shorten's royal commission appearance

Labor leader Bill Shorten outside the Royal Commission into trade unions on Thursday. Nine hours of questioning often took the form of a political debate on the legitimate role of workplace community representatives.

James Massola Staff in Tony Abbott's office closely monitored Bill Shorten's two-day appearance before the trade union royal commission in July, despite the then prime minister repeatedly claiming the hearing was...

Unions preparing to take on Turnbull government over tax reform

ACTU president Ged Kearney.

James Massola Australia's peak union body is preparing for a major political fight with the Turnbull government over tax reform, with a possible rise in the GST that will affect 11 million low and middle-income...

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Kevin Rudd says Malcolm Turnbull has made a good start, but warns him about 'nut jobs'

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd appears on <i>The Project.</i>

James Massola Kevin Rudd says his former rival, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, has made a good start in the nation's top political job - but he has warned him to watch out for the "nut jobs" in his own party.

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Business, Migration Council launch Friendly Nation plan to resettle Syrian refugees

Former Business Council president Tony Shepherd is one of the brains behind the Friendly Nation initiative.

James Massola Australia's three largest business groups have teamed with the Migration Council to help rapidly resettle the extra 12,000 Syrian refugees coming to Australia.

Union royal commission apologises for not returning calls to Bill Shorten's lawyers

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten at Parliament House on Monday.

James Massola The trade union royal commission has apologised to Bill Shorten's lawyers for not returning their phone calls before a raft of documents were released late last Friday night that concerned, in...

Labor's Sunshine State strategy puts spotlight on 11 Queensland seats

Labor believes Malcolm Turnbull has a

James Massola, Political Correspondent Federal Labor will target 11 Liberal-National Party seats in Queensland at the 2016 election, just over half the 21 seats it needs to win back from the Coalition and reclaim government.

Bill Shorten's lawyer demands 'please explain' from union royal commission

A spokesman for Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said Mr Shorten had always acted in workers' best interests.

James Massola, Political Correspondent Bill Shorten's lawyer has demanded a "please explain" from the trade union royal commission over the timing of its announcement, late last Friday night, that its top counsel had made no submissions...

Federal politics: Treasurer Scott Morrison puts income tax cuts on the table

Treasurer Scott Morrison said changes were needed to Australia's tax system to increase the incentive for people to work more.

James Massola The Treasurer says states won't be handed a 'bucket of money' from an overhaul of the tax system.

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