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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.

Brandis put the nation's security at risk: Shorten

James Massola, Latika Bourke Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has launched an extraordinary political attack on Attorney-General George Brandis, accusing him of putting proposed changes to race hate laws ahead of national security...

Russia imposes sanctions on Australian beef, dairy, fruit and vegetables

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered government to ban or limit food imports from countries that imposed sanctions on Moscow.

James Massola Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says she is disappointed Russia has imposed a “full embargo” on food imports from Australia, arguing Moscow should have instead moved to halt the supply of...

Scott Morrison demands urgent report from Immigration Department about claims of widespread visa fraud and migration crime

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison
will holds a media conference in Sydney.
Photo: Wolter Peeters
25th July 2014
The Sydney Morning Herald

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James Massola Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has demanded an urgent report from his department about allegations of widespread visa fraud and migration crime uncovered by a Fairfax Media investigation.

Government wants telcos to keep two years of metadata

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James Massola Attorney-General George Brandis has cited police use of metadata in a nationally high profile murder prosecution to illustrate why the government wants to push ahead with new data retention laws.

Jill Meagher case cited in metadata push

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James Massola George Brandis cites police use of metadata in the investigation of murdered ABC employee Jill Meagher to illustrate why the government wants to push ahead with new data retention laws.

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Data storage could be used to fight 'general crime', Tony Abbott says

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Latika Bourke, James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott has moved to clarify details of his government’s contentious plans to store the phone and internet logs of everyday Australians.

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Tony Abbott boosts funding by $630m to fight home-grown terrorism

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Latika Bourke, James Massola Australia's spy and counter-terror agencies will receive a $630 million funding boost to fight the threat of home-grown terrorism, which Prime Minister Tony Abbott says ''has not changed'' and is...

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Tony Abbott government backdown on race laws

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Heath Aston, James Massola Australians will no longer be afforded the ''right to be a bigot'' after a stunning backdown by the Abbott government from its crusade to water down and remake the Racial Discrimination Act.

Desire to bring Muslims back 'onside' led to dumping

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James Massola, Latika Bourke After nearly six months of political pain, it took only 60 minutes for federal cabinet to kill the proposed changes to section 18C on Tuesday.

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Spy networks to receive $630m funds boost

Prime Minister Tony Abbott with Foreign minister Julie Bishop and Attorney-General Senator George Brandis conducted a press conference in Parliament House Canberra on Tuesday 5 August 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Latika Bourke, James Massola Australia's spy and counter-terror agencies will receive a $630 million funding boost to fight the threat of home-grown terrorism.

Tony Abbott backflip on race-hate laws

Heath Aston James Massola Australians will no longer be afforded the ''right to be a bigot'' after a stunning backdown by the Abbott government from its crusade to water down and remake the Racial Discrimination Act.

Australian jihadists to be targeted under multimillion-dollar plan

Attorney-General Senator George Brandis

James Massola, Latika Bourke Growing concern at the threat of home-grown jihadism has prompted federal cabinet to consider a suite of counter-terror measures, including strengthening authorities' ability to detain fighters...

MH17: Russia wants UN deal on armed forces at crash site

James Massola and Latika Bourke Russia's deputy ambassador to Australia Nikolay Nozdrev says Moscow wants a second United Nations Security Council resolution before armed forces are allowed on the ground to support efforts to...

MH17: Russia wants new UN resolution before investigators are allowed to access crash site

Nikolay Stanislavovich Nozdrev, chargé d'affaires at the Russian Embassy in Canberra, on Wednesday 30 July 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

James Massola, Latika Bourke Russia has called for a second United Nations Security Council resolution before Australian and international armed forces are allowed on the ground to support efforts to retrieve the dead and...

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Clive Palmer hits out at 'failed' budget, calls for double dissolution

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James Massola, Latika Bourke Clive Palmer says the federal government's budget has crashed and he has challenged Prime Minister Tony Abbott to hold a double dissolution or implement a mini-budget.

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Police mission to flight MH17 crash site at risk

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James Massola and Latika Bourke Security experts have warned the viability of the Dutch-Australian police mission to the site of downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 is at risk, amid fierce fighting on the ground and a failed...

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Bill Shorten must take on ALP's factions, Mark Latham says

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James Massola Former Labor leader Mark Latham says Bill Shorten needs to do more to take on the entrenched power of the ALP's factions.

MH17: Fighting again blocks AFP from entering crash site

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James Massola, Paul McGeough, Latika Bourke Monday was the second day in a row that fighting prevented Australian investigators from getting to the MH17 crash site.

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Bill Shorten hits out at 'arrogant' Joe Hockey

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James Massola Joe Hockey is an ‘‘arrogant, cigar-chomping’’ federal treasurer whose charmed life has ‘‘robbed him of charity’’, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says.

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Soldiers join mission to find MH17 victims

Ukraine has formally handed overall responsibility for the crash investigation to the Dutch

David Wroe, Peter Hartcher and James Massola Australian soldiers are set to join an enlarged police presence to help secure the crash site of MH17 as the Abbott government worked against the clock on Friday to secure deals with key players to...