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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.

Ministers distance themselves from Peter Dutton's claim Fairfax Media launching a 'jihad' on Abbott government

James Massola, Lisa Cox Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says government MPs have "a fair idea who is leaking" information about divisions in cabinet as another minister blasted leakers, calling on them to quit or be...

Tony Abbott's office loses 15 staff in first two years in government

Tony Abbott

James Massola Tony Abbott has lost 15 staff from his personal office in the nearly two years since being elected - more than a quarter of the overall total.

'Fringe whingers': Joe Hockey blasts leaking cabinet colleagues as tensions rise

Treasurer Joe Hockey.

James Massola, Political Correspondent Treasurer Joe Hockey has blasted cabinet colleagues who have been leaking against him for being "fringe whingers" and accused the media of undermining the government.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Treasurer Joe Hockey has his 'full confidence'

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Treasurer Joe Hockey is doing a fine job.

James Massola  Tony Abbott says Joe Hockey is "doing an excellent job" and enjoys the full confidence of the Prime Minister and cabinet, a day after two cabinet ministers told Fairfax Media that discussions...

Arthur Sinodinos slams cabinet ministers for 'political sabotage' of Abbott government

Senator Arthur Sinodinos.

James Massola Respected NSW senator Arthur Sinodinos has launched an extraordinary attack on his former ministerial colleagues for leaking against Treasurer Joe Hockey, calling on Prime Minister...

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Farewell Joe, hello ScoMo? Abbott's loyalty to be tested again

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James Massola Analysis: Tony Abbott is famed for his personal loyalty, but it might yet cost him dearly politically.

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Tony Abbott being urged to consider dumping Joe Hockey and calling a March election: cabinet ministers

The PM is being urged to dump Treasurer Joe Hockey.

James Massola, Political Correspondent Prime Minister Tony Abbott is being urged to consider dumping Joe Hockey as Treasurer if the Canning byelection goes badly for the Liberal Party, in a move designed to shore up his own leadership.

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Dyson Heydon may have 'misled' on decision to quit Liberal fundraiser, says ACTU, as ruling delayed again

Release the full facts: ACTU leader Dave Oliver.

Jane Lee, James Massola The ACTU is calling for Dyson Heydon to defer his decision on whether to resign from the Royal Commission into Trade Unions, saying he may have misled the public on why he...

Turnbull, Bishop, Morrison to campaign in Canning byelection - but what about Tony Abbott?

Prime Minister Tony Abbott with Liberal candidate Captain Andrew Hastie in Perth last Friday.

James Massola Malcolm Turnbull, Julie Bishop and Scott Morrison - the three Liberal ministers seen as leadership candidates in February's failed spill motion - are all set to campaign in the...

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Tony Abbott offers Jacqui Lambie confidential union briefing

Jacqui Lambie

James Massola, Heath Aston The Abbott government has offered a briefing on a secret report by the trade union royal commission - the contents of which pose "grave threats to the power and authority of the Australian state" -...

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'No more handshake deals' - Jacqui Lambie accuses Bill Shorten of breaking ferry promise

Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie addresses the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra on Wednesday 24 June 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

James Massola It's the $200,000 funding promise that wasn't, and it has Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie fuming.

Former deputy PM Tim Fischer drafted in to reboot media reforms

Former Nationals leader Tim Fischer.

James Massola Former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer has been drafted in by regional TV networks to take on the Abbott government over stalled media reform plans.

Joe Hockey can't say how he would fund personal income tax cuts

Joe Hockey

James Massola, Gareth Hutchens A leading economist has compared the political debate in Australia to the behaviour of one of the world's most famous cartoon families.

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$25b tax cut promise: Joe Hockey doesn't say how he will pay

James Massola Treasurer Joe Hockey says the federal government can cut the federal deficit and taxes at the same time, while dismissing any link between his flagging of personal incomes tax cuts and the Canning...

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Tony Abbott's intimate dinner with Kerry Stokes in Broome mansion

Kerry Stokes hosted Tony Abbott  in Broome on Saturday night.

James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott's private dinner with Seven West chairman Kerry Stokes in Broome on Saturday night two months after putting controversial media reforms on hold has raised eyebrows.

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Abbott government gives up on cabinet 'functioning exceptionally well' in morning talking points

Mr Abbott flew into Perth on Friday to help launch his party's candidate for the September 19 by-election, SAS soldier Andrew Hastie.

James Massola The Abbott government appears to have given up on telling its ministers to argue cabinet is functioning "exceptionally well", according to leaked talking points obtained on...

Tony Abbott accuses Labor of peddling racist lies on free trade agreement

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 20 August 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Mark Kenny and James Massola The Abbott government has accused the Labor opposition of peddling "racist lies" after a rancorous fortnight of Parliament reached an angry climax on Thursday.

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'Our cabinet is [still] functioning exceptionally well': Abbott government talking points leaked again

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb at the Bellevale Homestead Cattle Yard in Yass.

James Massola The Abbott cabinet is still "functioning exceptionally well", according to talking points leaked to Fairfax Media for a second successive day.

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Tony Abbott shifts focus to jobs and trade but leaks continue

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Mark Kenny and James Massola Tony Abbott has unleashed a fresh parliamentary assault on the ALP, but his attempt to regain the upper hand has again been undermined by leaks and disunity from his own government.

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Leaked talking points tell ministers to say 'our cabinet is functioning exceptionally well'

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is using the issue to try to wedge Labor on employment and jobs creation.

James Massola Tony Abbott's ministers have been told to say that "our cabinet is functioning exceptionally well," according to the daily talking points sent to ministerial advisers on Wednesday, which have been...

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