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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.

Brian Loughnane exit signals the end for Liberal Party power trio

James Massola His relationship with Peta Credlin attracted the headlines, but behind the scenes Brian Loughnane was regarded as a steady hand during 12 years at the helm of the Liberal Party.

Switch to Malcolm Turnbull to save five Liberal seats: Michael Kroger

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been credited with turning around the Liberal Party's fortunes.

James Massola, Mark Hawthorne Victorian Liberal president Michael Kroger has credited Malcolm Turnbull with a dramatic turnaround in the party's fortunes, telling an exclusive party fundraiser the switch of leader meant just one...

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Syria mission 'increasingly complex' because of Russian intervention: Defence

James Massola The Australian airforce has not flown a single mission over Syria since Russia began bombing targets in the war torn country a week ago, Vice-Admiral David Johnston says, but he has insisted...

Scott Morrison praises 'innovative' idea to trade tax credit for any future penalty rate cuts

Treasurer Scott Morrison laments the

James Massola Treasurer Scott Morrison has praised as "innovative" a proposal that could see workers rewarded with tax credits in exchange for a reduction in penalty rates.

Penalty rates: Liberal MPs push for cuts as Malcolm Turnbull suggests change is inevitable

Liberal MP for Hume Angus Taylor.

James Massola Momentum is building in the Coalition for industrial relations reforms that could see weekend penalty rates cut, with Liberal MPs suggesting higher rates of pay across the seven day working week as a...

Malcolm Turnbull's sliding doors moment - the Washington posting that went begging

He's now got the top job in Australia but could Malcolm Turnbull have been our top man in Washington?

James Massola, political correspondent It's one of Australia's most sought-after diplomatic postings, and it was Malcolm Turnbull's if he wanted it.

Poll shows switch to Malcolm Turnbull to pay immediate dividends

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is faced with the challenge of replacing himself in the Communications portfolio.

Mark Kenny, James Massola Malcolm Turnbull will finalise a new-look ministry over the weekend featuring more women, more young MPs, and a new Treasurer, as a new poll shows the switch from Tony Abbott has impressed...

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Former Treasury boss Martin Parkinson in the mix as Malcolm Turnbull searches for a new chief of staff

Former treasury secretary Martin Parkinson

James Massola, Mark Kenny  One of Australia's most respected economists, Martin Parkinson, has been floated as a possible chief of staff for Malcolm Turnbull.

'I am instinctively a loyal person': Joe Hockey signals he is ready to serve under new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Treasurer Joe Hockey addresses the media during a joint press conference with Commissioner of Taxation Chris Jordan at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 16 September 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

James Massola, Mark Kenny Treasurer Joe Hockey has all but confirmed he is willing to serve on Malcolm Turnbull's frontbench in another portfolio, amid feverish speculation that he faces demotion from the key economic...

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How it happened - the Abbott-Turnbull leadership change

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is likely to accelate economic reform, Credit Suisse says.

James Massola, Tom Allard The dramatic series of events that led to the political assassination of another prime minister - the fifth in a little over five years - and the elevation of Malcolm Turnbull had been fomenting for...

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What will happen to Peta Credlin and Brian Loughnane, Liberal power couple?

What a brutal business. Peta Credlin joins Tony Abbott at the top of the losers pile.

James Massola They're the power couple who have run the Liberal Party back room operation since December, 2009.

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Stay-at-home parents to receive more money as Nationals, Liberals strike deal

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce will pick up responsibility for water policy and the Murray Darling Basin Authority under the new deal.

James Massola Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce will pick up responsibility for water policy and the Murray Darling Basin Authority and current Coalition policies on same-sex marriage, emissions...

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Nationals push for delay in Coalition agreement with new Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull

Nationals senator Matthew Canavan said before Tuesday's meeting of Nationals MPs:

James Massola Nationals MPs Matthew Canavan and John Williams are urging their party room colleagues not to rush into a Coalition agreement with new Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull.

Liberal leadership spill: What Malcolm Turnbull's frontbench could look like?

Michaelia Cash and Malcolm Turnbull.

James Massola It is expected a Malcolm Turnbull-led government could see a series of changes to key ministerial posts swiftly implemented.

Tony Abbott under rising pressure as more MPs see leadership challenge as likely

Tony Abbott

James Massola, Nicole Hasham Tony Abbott's hold on the prime ministership is under mounting pressure, with another leadership challenge seen by a growing number of MPs as likely and growing anger within the ministry after a...

Abbott government doubles market research spend on China free trade deal

Export promise: Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng (left) Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Trade Minister Andrew Robb at the signing of China-Australia free trade agreement in June.

James Massola The Abbott Government has nearly doubled the amount of money it is spending on market research on free trade agreements.

Joe Hockey suggests colleagues don't like him because he has cut their budgets

Treasurer Joe Hockey dismissed the idea of ''taking one for the team''.

James Massola Treasurer Joe Hockey asked whether he will "take one for the team" and step down.

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Get on with your jobs: Christopher Pyne admits damage from Abbott government reshuffle talk

Tony Abbott has long planned an end of year ministerial shake-up.

James Massola One of the government's most senior ministers has told colleagues to "get on with our jobs" and ignore talk of a sweeping reshuffle that could clear out up to half a dozen ministers.

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'China will walk away': Andrew Robb's blunt warning on the China-Australia free trade agreement

Trade Minister Andrew Robb during question time on Thursday.

James Massola China will walk away from its free trade deal with Australia if its introduction is delayed, Trade Minister Andrew Robb has warned, potentially costing the nation billions in extra revenue.

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Tim Fischer predicts another Tony Abbott back flip on regional media laws

Former Nationals Party leader Tim Fischer says deregulation of media ownership would align with the core principles of the Liberal and National government.

James Massola, Matthew Knott Former Nationals Party leader Tim Fischer has called for a "full scale" cabinet discussion about media reform.