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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.

Joe Hockey Fairfax defamation case: Rights Commissioner says law reform needed

James Massola The federal government's "freedom commissioner", Tim Wilson, says the ruling in the defamation case brought by Treasurer Joe Hockey against Fairfax Media is a reminder of the need for "widescale...

It's the principle that stops refugees from facing harm. So why is it absent from Labor's platform?

Labor's immigration spokesman Richard Marles.

James Massola, Political Correspondent Federal Labor has dropped any reference to non-refoulement, the principle which protects refugees from being returned to a country where they face harm, from its draft national...

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Australia 'deplores' unilateral action in South China Sea: Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott and Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong.

James Massola, John Garnaut Prime Minister Tony Abbott has delivered a blunt warning that Australia "deplores" any unilateral action that would alter the status quo in the South China Sea, in a clear reference to China's...

Bill Shorten edges Labor towards adopting Coalition's boat turn-back policy

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and shadow immigration minister Richard Marles (back right) have indicated a turn-backs turnaround for Labor, but deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek (back left) is reportedly against the idea.

James Massola, Political Correspondent Opposition leader Bill Shorten and his immigration spokesman, Richard Marles, have left the door open to Labor adopting the Coalition's policy of turning back asylum seeker boats.

Five reasons why Tony Abbott could call an early election...and five reasons why it may not happen

Will he or won't he? Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday, the last sitting day of Parliament for six weeks.

James Massola, Political Correspondent After a strong parliamentary fortnight for Tony Abbott and the federal government, and some difficult days for Labor leader Bill Shorten, federal politicians have left Canberra and returned...

'It is not a propaganda arm of government': Bill Shorten defends the ABC from Tony Abbott attack

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten:

James Massola, Lisa Cox Labor leader Bill Shorten has leapt to the defence of the national broadcaster, declaring the ABC is "not a propaganda arm of government" but condemning the appearance of Zaky Mallah on the Q&A...

Bill Shorten says pension changes create 'perverse' incentive for retirees to reduce assets

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten:

James Massola, Political Correspondent Labor leader Bill Shorten has warned the federal government's changes to the aged pension system will place massive new pressures on the system, while creating a perverse incentive for...

Peta Credlin's offer of photo opportunity with Tony Abbott sparks election speculation

Tony Abbott

James Massola An email from Prime Minister Tony Abbott's chief of staff, Peta Credlin, to backbench MPs has triggered speculation that an early election could be in the offing.

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Whatever happened to Labor Party reform? Bill Shorten's vision on the backburner

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten addresses the CEDA conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 23 June 2015.

James Massola Labor Party reforms that would empower rank-and-file members, reduce the influence of factional powerbrokers and democratise pre-selections appear to have been put on the...

Q&A: Zaky Mallah had been in studio audience before

Zaky Mallah on Q&A.

Michael Bachelard, James Massola, Matthew Knott Former terror suspect Zaky Mallah says his explosive appearance on Q&A on Monday night was the fourth time he had attended the ABC studio for the program, and the third time producers had...

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Victorian Liberal Party uses terror threat to raise funds for Tony Abbott

Liberal party members received the call for donations.

Richard Willingham and James Massola The threat of terrorism is being used by the Liberal Party in a bid to generate donations from its party members ahead of the next election.

MP who carried cousin's coffin after terrorist attack confronts Mark Scott over Q&A episode

ABC managing director Mark Scott.

James Massola, Matthew Knott ABC managing director Mark Scott has been confronted about Monday night's Q&A episode by a furious Nationals MP who carried the coffin of a cousin killed in the Bali bombing terrorist attack.

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'Whose side are you on?' Tony Abbott lashes ABC's Q&A program

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the media during a joint press conference at Parliament House.

James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott has launched a blistering attack on the ABC's Q&A program, asking "whose side are you on" after an Australian man convicted of threatening Commonwealth officials...

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Tony Abbott reveals details of citizenship legislation

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Attorney-General Senator George Brandis address the media on Tuesday.

James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott has finally unveiled details of a proposal that would see terrorists both in Australia and overseas stripped of their Australian citizenship in a move...

'A grave error of judgment': Malcolm Turnbull lashes Q&A for allowing former terror suspect in audience

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull:

James Massola Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the ABC made a "grave error of judgment" by allowing former terrorism suspect Zaky Mallah to appear on its panel show Q&A.

Early election? Bill Shorten dares Tony Abbott to 'bring it on'

Confident: Labor leader Bill Shorten.

James Massola Labor leader Bill Shorten has dared Prime Minister Tony Abbott to "bring it on" and call an early election, predicting there is a good chance Parliament will not return until after a poll has been...

Killing Season

Julia Gillard on the moment that should have killed Tony Abbott's career

Then opposition leader Tony Abbott in front of a

James Massola, Political Correspondent It's the moment Julia Gillard says should have killed Tony Abbott's career.

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Julia Gillard 'knew Bill Shorten would switch support to Kevin Rudd'

Julia Gillard addresses the media after losing the leadership to Kevin Rudd on June 26, 2013.

James Massola Julia Gillard was aware Bill Shorten was prepared to desert her and switch support to Kevin Rudd up to two weeks before she lost the leadership on June 26, 2013.

Bill Shorten tells Labor power brokers to prepare for an early election and vows to fight Tony Abbott on industrial relations

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has vowed to turn the attack on to Tony Abbott.

James Massola Bill Shorten says Labor should prepare for an early poll, vowing to senior colleagues that he will use his long history fighting for workers to turn the tables on Tony Abbott and win the next...

Joe Triprotege - Bill Shorten's controversial choice as new strategy director

James Massola NSW Labor MPs and party operatives are split over the appointment of a NSW political operative nicknamed "Joe Triprotege" to serve as Bill Shorten's new strategy director.