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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.

Bali nine: Australia considers recalling Indonesian ambassador over executions

James Massola, David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop are considering all options, including the dramatic step of recalling Australia's ambassador to Indonesia.

Australian doctor joining IS shocks Immigration Minister Peter Dutton

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says Dr Kamleh joining the

James Massola ISIL recruits an Australian medical professional that outwardly showed no signs of supporting extremist Islamic views.

Nepal earthquake: 349 Australians 'unaccounted for'

Emergency rescue workers carry a victim on a stretcher after Dharara tower collapsed in Kathmandu, Nepal.

James Massola 200 Australians have been confirmed safe, but 349 have not been accounted for.

Health savings should go back into the system, says Labor

Catherine King has called for any savings found in the review to be reinvested in health care.

James Massola Labor Health spokeswoman Catherine King says any savings found in a review of the system should be re-invested in health care, not used to repair the budget bottom line.

Bali nine executions: Labor and Greens join calls for clemency

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek during a candlelight vigil for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in February.

James Massola Labor and the Greens have backed calls for Bali 9 pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran to be granted clemency, even as the condemned men confront the reality that they could...

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Academic likens Lomborg appointment to putting Brian Burke in charge of economy

Professor Bjorn Lomborg.

James Massola, Matthew Knott Academic Ray Wills has compared the appointment of  "sceptical environmentalist" Bjorn Lomborg to head up a new development think tank to putting disgraced former...

Christopher Pyne set to show different side of himself in upcoming memoirs

Education Minister Christopher Pyne is writing a book, A Letter to My Children.

James Massola He's been called the most hated man in Australian politics, an alien from another planet, and describes himself as a "fixer".

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Creation of Tony Abbott-backed Lomborg 'consensus centre' has tarnished our reputations, say academics

Bjorn Lomborg

Lisa Cox, James Massola and Paul McGeough Academics at the University of Western Australia have demanded its hierarchy explain how "sceptical environmentalist" Bjorn Lomborg was appointed as an adjunct professor for a new "consensus centre",...

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Tony Abbott says talks with Turkey will help return would-be IS fighters to Australia

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott at the Cankaya Palace in Ankara.

James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott says a deal with Turkey will make it easier for intercepted Australian foreign fighters looking to join Islamic State to be returned to home, while...

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's office the origin for controversial Bjorn Lomborg centre decision

The controversial Bjorn Lomborg, now an adjunct professor at the University of Western Australia.

James Massola, Matthew Knott Prime Minister Tony Abbott's office drove the push to provide government funding decision for "sceptical environmentalist" Bjorn Lomborg's climate think tank, not Education Minister Christopher Pyne.

'No show Joe' lashed for missing key budget razor gang meeting

Joe Hockey

James Massola Treasurer Joe Hockey is under fire from colleagues for missing a crunch, five hour meeting of the budget razor gang on Monday because of a delayed flight home to Australia from Dallas, Texas.

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Labor's plan on super tax breaks is step in 'right direction' but more is needed: economists

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

James Massola Labor's plan to target superannuation tax concessions for the well-off fails to take advantage of another $9 billion in savings available and falls short of making the system sustainable, according...

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Medicare review: Crossbench senators say government should have been working with doctors from the start


James Massola Crossbench senators have welcomed a sweeping review of the Medicare system launched by Health Minister Sussan Ley, describing the move as "better late than never".

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New Victorian super-faction boosts Bill Shorten's influence on Labor party machine

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

James Massola, Richard Willingham A new "super-faction" that unites most of the Victorian Labor Right has been formed, boosting opposition leader Bill Shorten's factional clout.

Former Liberal senator Brett Mason named as Australia's ambassador to the Netherlands

Former senator Brett Mason

James Massola Former Liberal senator Brett Mason has been named as Australia's next ambassador to the Netherlands, just six days after resigning from the Senate.

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Kevin Rudd quietly campaigning for UN secretary-general, says inner circle

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd addressed the National Press Club in Canberra on Thursday 5 September 2013. Election 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

James Massola Kevin Rudd is quietly campaigning for the post of United Nations secretary-general, according to friends, confidantes and political allies of the former prime minister.

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Union official who wants to boot Martin Ferguson out of Labor Party for privatisation views says 9/11 a conspiracy

Kevin Bracken says Martin Ferguson should be kicked out of the Labor Party.

James Massola The union official who began a push to expel Labor veteran Martin Ferguson from the ALP believes the official story of how the Twin Towers in New York were brought down on September 11, 2001 is a...

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Defence review calls for sale of Defence properties and structural changes to cut waste

The federal government has accepted 75 of the 76   recommendations made by the Peever Defence review, which will be implemented over the next two years.

James Massola A sweeping review of the Defence Department has proposed "transformational change" of the sprawling organisation, the sale of real estate including 17 major sites worth up to $1.

NSW election: Laurie Ferguson rounds on brother Martin Ferguson's privatisation stance

Publicly supported NSW power privatisation: Former Labor cabinet minister Martin Ferguson.

James Massola Labor MP Laurie Ferguson has rounded on his brother Martin for publicly supporting power privatisation in New South Wales, but he has stopped short of backing calls to expel the former minster from...

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Chinese donor the Yuhu Group steps in to help Sam Dastyari

A Chinese-based property group settled the legal bill for Labor Senator Sam Dastyari after he was sued by an advertising firm.

James Massola One of the largest donors to the New South Wales Labor Party, a Chinese-based property group, picked up the tab for federal Labor senator Sam Dastyari after he was sued by an advertising firm.