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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.

Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop deny disloyalty as accusations fly

Mark Kenny and James Massola Tony Abbott's two most likely rivals for the prime ministership have expressly denied being the sources of last week's explosive Cabinet breach which revealed the Prime Minister had been...

Foreign affairs chief Peter Varghese dodges questions over ambassador's Paris tarmac snub

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade secretary Peter Varghese.

James Massola Foreign Affairs and Trade departmental secretary Peter Varghese spoke to Australia's ambassador to France, Stephen Brady, twice in the days immediately after an incident that...

Julia Gillard claims Kevin Rudd bullied and intimidated her

No love lost here: Former Labor prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard.

James Massola Julia Gillard claims she was intimidated and bullied by Kevin Rudd when things didn't go his way during a political tactics meeting when the pair were serving as opposition leader and deputy.

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Scott Morrison suggests suspending residency rights of Australians linked to terrorism

Social Services Minister Scott Morrison.

James Massola Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has suggested Australians involved in terrorism overseas could have their residency rights suspended, rather than being stripped of...

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Bill Shorten releases details of Labor's same-sex marriage bill

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will introduce his same-sex marriage bill to Federal Parliament on Monday.

James Massola The words "man and woman" and "husband and wife" will be replaced by "two people" in the Marriage Act under Bill Shorten's proposal to redefine marriage in Australia.

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Sarah Hanson-Young confirms talks with Warren Entsch, Graham Perrett about 'tri-partisan' same-sex marriage bill

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young:

James Massola Momentum for a cross-party same sex marriage bill is growing, with Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young confirming she has also had discussions with Liberal MP Warren Entsch and Labor MP Graham Perrett...

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Same-sex marriage circuit-breaker emerges as Liberals, Labor MPs propose compromise

Labor MP Graham Perrett (pictured with leader Bill Shorten) has spoken to Liberal and Greens MPs about prospect of a cross-party same-sex marriage bill but appears to have cooled on the idea.

James Massola Liberal MP Warren Entsch and Labor MP Graham Perrett are prepared to team-up on a same-sex marriage bill in a potential circuit-breaker that would end the political impasse over the social...

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Bill Shorten says Australians will be 'shocked' if Liberals don't get a conscience vote on same-sex marriage

Shocked if no free vote: Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

James Massola, Political Correspondent Australians will be "shocked" if Prime Minister Tony Abbott fails to grant Liberal MPs a conscience vote on same-sex marriage, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says, while conceding the issue has to be...

Liberal same-sex marriage supporters slam Bill Shorten

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced late on Tuesday that he will introduce a private member's bill on same-sex marriage next week. His deputy Tanya Plibersek will co-sponsor it.

James Massola, Judith Ireland Two of the strongest Liberal supporters of same-sex marriage have lashed Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's move to introduce a bill on the topic to Parliament next week.

Cabinet revolt over Tony Abbott and Peter Dutton plan to strip Australians of citizenship

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 25 May 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Peter Hartcher, James Massola Six members of the Abbott cabinet have risen up against a proposal that a minister could strip an Australian of citizenship, even if he or she has no other citizenship.

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Jakarta rebukes Tony Abbott for hardline refugee stance

Muslim Rohingya in a shelter in Birem Bayuen in Indonesia's Aceh province.

Jewel Topsfield, James Massola, David Wroe The Indonesian government has rebuked Australia for refusing to resettle any of the thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi asylum seekers at the centre of the growing refugee...

The surprise findings of who's backing who in the colourful Senate chamber

The talk of a 'witchhunt' is 'completely overblown', says independent Senator Nick Xenophon.

James Massola He's the deal-making senator from South Australia famous for his sharp one-liners and sharper stunts.

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Tony Abbott backing away from iron ore inquiry as big miners come out swinging


James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott appears to have gone cold on the idea of an inquiry into the iron ore sector, as big miners BHP and Rio Tinto have launched a ferocious attack on Parliament examining the...

Bill Shorten seizes on cabinet division over iron ore inquiry, warns of sovereign risk

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten

James Massola Labor leader Bill Shorten says the federal government should release the details of a proposed iron ore inquiry, and warned the delay is creating sovereign risk for Australia.

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Does Tony Abbott still have a women problem? Or do blokes have a problem with Bill Shorten?

Tony Abbott

James Massola With the latest Fairfax-Ipsos poll showing his numbers on the rise, does Prime Minister Tony Abbott still have a women problem?

Scott Morrison is 'Labor's worst nightmare' and a future PM, says Liberal MP Andrew Laming

Social Services Minister Scott Morrison

James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott may have seen a big jump in support in Monday's Fairfax Ipsos poll, but a Liberal MP says Social Services Minister Scott Morrison is the man the opposition should...

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Labor seeks senate inquiry into education of disabled students

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Joe Hockey fires back at the AMA's Brian Owler

Treasurer Joe Hockey

James Massola, Political Correspondent Treasurer Joe Hockey has launched a blistering attack Australian Medical Association president Brian Owler's "extreme" criticism of the prime minister.

Ankle bracelets could be used to tackle domestic violence 'scourge', says Tony Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott:

James Massola, Political Correspondent New GPS ankle bracelets to monitor and tackle the "scourge" of domestic violence repeat offenders will be considered by state and federal governments, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says.

Joe Hockey denies 'fraud' comment about paid parental leave

The Age, News, picture by Justin McManus. 15/05/2015. Treasurer Joe Hockey spruiking the budget at a Enterproze Victoria function at the Crown Palladium.

James Massola In life, and in politics, it's always pays to own up to a mistake and move on.