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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.

Paul Keating labels government, Palmer deal to freeze super 'appalling' and 'cheap ideology'

James Massola Former Prime Minister Paul Keating has launched a blistering attack on the Abbott government, labelling the federal government's deal with the Palmer United Party to pause the rise in superannuation...

Tony Abbott tipped to sign uranium deal in India

The Prime Minister has a cavalier attitude to uranium sales, says Greens leader Christine Milne.

James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to sign off on an agreement that would allow Australia to sell uranium to India - potentially doubling overall exports to a billion dollars annually by 2018 -...

Abetz says WorkChoices scare 'neutralised' by Coalition

Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Eric Abetz during Senate Question Time at Parliament House.

James Massola Workplace Relations Minister Eric Abetz says voters no longer believe the Coalition will bring back WorkChoices because the government has "neutralised" Labor and the unions' political attack over...

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Mining tax repealed after deal struck with Palmer

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Lisa Cox, James Massola, Gareth Hutchens The Abbott government has finally delivered on a key election promise and repealed the mining tax after striking a compromise with the Palmer United Party, but at a $6.

Tony Abbott slaps down Joe Hockey after stoush over WA GST anger

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Latika Bourke, James Massola Treasurer Joe Hockey has rounded on Liberal Premier Colin Barnett in a partyroom stoush on the amount of GST revenue Western Australia receives.

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'A litany of failures': Tony Abbott tables royal commission's report into the Rudd government's home insulation scheme

Labor have accused Tony Abbott of breaking his promise to be a

James Massola A royal commission report into the former Rudd government's $2.8 billion home insulation program found a "litany of failures arising from a dysfunctional culture in the former administration", Prime...

Joe Hockey's bid to hire author David Hunt as speechwriter stutters to a halt

Treasurer Joe Hockey during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 26 August 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

James Massola, Mark Kenny, Fergus Hunter Treasurer Joe Hockey’s attempt to make more persuasive speeches by hiring the renowned Australian author David Hunt appeared to unravel on Wednesday, with the move in limbo after Fairfax Media...

Tony Abbott to keep secular workers out of school chaplaincy program

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Matthew Knott, James Massola The Abbott government is poised to announce a revamped school chaplaincy program following two High Court rulings that the program is constitutionally invalid.

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Tony Abbott's visit to cancer hospital used to 'justify' fund-raising visit

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Latika Bourke, James Massola Prime Minister told government MPs he had to schedule an early morning visit to a cancer research centre in Melbourne so that he could justify billing taxpayers for a "private function" the night...

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Canberra willing to back missing gas pipeline link

The Moomba gas processing plant in South Australia could be key to national network plans.

James Massola, Angela Macdonald-Smith and Brian Robins The federal government may be requested to help underwrite the investment risk of the proposed $1.3 billion gas link which could see gas flow from northern Australia to NSW to help stave off any...

Senator Ian Macdonald in Coalition party room spat over rebuke for tardy Tony Abbott

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James Massola, Latika Bourke Liberal MP Ewen Jones has taken veteran senator Ian Macdonald to task in front of his colleagues, after the disgruntled senator publicly rebuked Prime Minister Tony Abbott for arriving late to the...

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Ian Macfarlane outlines ambitious plan for national gas network

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James Massola Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane says he is determined to create one national gas market that could theoretically send gas from the Browse basin in WA all the way to Sydney, in a move designed to...

Labor vows to block less-transparent government tendering and credit card proposals

'Extraordinary proposals': Tony Burke has rejected a request to support changes to government tender processes.

James Massola Tens of millions of dollars in govt contracts would escape public scrutiny under changes sought by Finance Minister Mathias Cormann.

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Government digs in over budget

Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance.

James Massola Cabinet ministers warn they will increase taxes if a compromise is not reached over the government's spending cuts.

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Finance Minister Mathias Cormann refuses to rule out tax increases

Finance minister Mathias Cormann refused to rule out tax increases if the budget measures weren't passed.

James Massola and Lisa Cox Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has warned that if the government's proposed budget spending cuts are not passed than "the only alternative to balance the books is to increase taxes".

Budget office says health not a long-term spending issue

Community expectations put pressure on governments: Prime Minister Tony Abbott with the Federal Member for Mayo, Jamie Briggs.

Peter Martin, James Massola The independent Parliamentary Budget Office has called into question claims health spending is spiralling out of control, noting government spending is projected to grow in line with the economy over...

Bill Shorten draws line under further questions over rape allegation

Bill Shorten reveals the sex assault allegations in Melbourne on Thursday.

James Massola A terse Bill Shorten has brushed aside further questions about his involvement in a damaging rape allegation dating back to the 1980s, pointing out Victorian police have told him there was no case...

Bill Shorten faces up to rape allegations by attempting to speak out first

Bill Shorten reveals the sex assault allegations in Melbourne on Thursday.

James Massola Bill Shorten's decision to come forward and name himself as the "senior Labor figure" who had been investigated – and cleared – of rape allegations by police is a bold attempt to put the...

Bill Shorten opens up about rape allegations

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James Massola Labor leader Bill Shorten has broken his silence about damaging rape allegations dating back to the 1980s after Victorian Police told him there was no case and no charges to be laid.

Tony Abbott says budget is 'not draconian, it's necessary'

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James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared his budget is "not draconian, it's necessary", seizing on comments from Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens suggesting the Coalition's economic strategy was...

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