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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.

Abbott hurting NSW Liberals: source

James Massola, James Robertson and Adrian Nesbitt Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s missteps have begun eroding the party’s standing in NSW, eight weeks before Premier Mike Baird faces the electorate and after a dramatic rout in...

Prime Minister Tony Abbott to hold special cabinet meeting as MPs' anger rises

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the media in Sydney on Sunday.

James Massola and Latika Bourke Tony Abbott has called a crunch two day meeting of his federal cabinet as MPs question his future at PM.

Federal Liberal MP warns on live TV that Tony Abbott could face a leadership challenge

Bevan Shields and James Massola A federal Liberal National MP has refused to say whether Tony Abbott should remain Prime Minister in the clearest sign yet the Queensland election massacre will trigger open warfare inside the...

Tony Abbott reels from triple blow: Mal Brough, Queensland and new poll heap pressure on PM

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James Massola Tony Abbott's leadershjp has suffered a series of devastating body blows, with a former cabinet minister colleague weighing a leadership tilt, Queensland state government counterparts suffering an...

Campbell Newman likely to lose seat as Queensland swings to Labor

Premier Campbell Newman speaking to media at Newmarket State School on election day, Brisbane.

James Massola, Amy Remeikis Queensland Premier Campbell Newman is poised to lose his seat while his Liberal National Party experienced an extraordinary backlash from voters as Labor secured massive swings in the state election...

Liberals approach Mal Brough to challenge Tony Abbott for the leadership


James Massola, Matthew Knott Former Howard government cabinet minister Mal Brough is being urged to challenge Tony Abbott for the prime ministership as a stalking horse for alternative leaders such as Julie Bishop or Malcolm...

Press Club speech critical moment for floundering Abbott

Tony Abbott's address on Monday will be a critical moment to outline his plans for the future.

Jacqueline Maley and James Massola When the Prime Minister stands on the podium at the National Press Club on Monday, he has one chief task: to wrench our gaze forward and make his listeners, from the journalists in the room to the...

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Turnbull and Bishop approached to take leadership as senior ministers rally support for the PM

Bishop and Turnbull

Peter Hartcher, James Massola The two leading contenders to replace Tony Abbott as Liberal leader are resisting the efforts of their colleagues to draft them to challenge the Prime Minister.

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Tony Abbott considered appointing The Australian's Greg Sheridan to plum posting

Fairfax Media has been told Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Greg Sheridan first discussed the posting before the 2013 election.

James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott considered his close personal friend, The Australian newspaper’s Greg Sheridan, for the plumb posting of High Commissioner to Singapore after the 2013 election.

Queensland election preview: gaffe eases pressure on Newman

Played down significance: Queensland Premier Campbell Newman.

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'Tony Abbott's mistakes are Tony Abbott's mistakes': Bill Shorten defends Peta Credlin

Ms Credlin is facing calls, including from News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch, for her to quit or be sacked.

James Massola Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has launched an extraordinary defence of Tony Abbott's chief of staff, Peta Credlin, declaring the Prime Minister should be held accountable for his own mistakes.

Abbott government MPs furious over Prime Minister's decision to make Prince Philip a knight


James Massola and Mark Kenny Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s surprise decision to knight Prince Philip has infuriated his colleagues, with a pair of Queensland MPs breaking ranks to publicly criticise the decision.

Bill Shorten calls for a republic debate

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James Massola Bill Shorten has been promising that 2015 will be a year of ideas for the Labor Party.

Bill Shorten uses Australia Day eve speech to renew Australian republic debate

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has called for Australia to become a republic.

James Massola Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has urged Australians to support an Australian republic and head of state, arguing it would reflect the nation's "modern identity, our place in our region and our...

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2015 shaping up to wake political opponents from mid-term slumber

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James Massola Look to the PM laying down significant markers for 2015 in a National Press Club speech scheduled for February 2, James Massola says.

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Unions vow to mobilise as Abbott plans to make industrial relations a major election issue


Nick Toscano, Eryk Bagshaw and James Massola Unions have vowed to mobilise tens of thousands of members and to revive a militant WorkChoices-style campaign, as Prime Minsiter Tony Abbott signals industrial relations will be a key election...

Tony Abbott praises senior ministers - but not Joe Hockey

Treasurer Joe Hockey hasn't made Prime Minister Tony Abbott's list of the government's top performing ministers.

James Massola, Mark Kenny Prime Minister Tony Abbott has made the frank admission that he "can always do better as prime minister" as he praised the performance of several of his ministers  -but not treasurer Joe Hockey.

Tony Abbott promotes Malcolm Turnbull to take charge of e-government

Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull (pictured) have announced the creation of a new Digital Transformation Office within government.

James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott has bolstered Malcolm Turnbull's ministerial duties, handing him greater responsibility for e-government in a push to expand the use of a single digital identity for...

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Battlelines drawn for debate on industrial relations reform

Skilled Group said the 'unsolicited, confidential, non-binding and indicative' offer has been 'opportunistically timed'.

James Massola The release of the Productivity Commission's five issues papers on workplace reform signals the belated firing of the starting gun on debate about industrial relations in 2015.