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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.

Julie Bishop weighs in to speculation Tony Abbott's leadership is under renewed threat from Malcolm Turnbull

James Massola Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has warned her colleagues the Australian people will judge the Liberal Party at the next election, amid growing suggestions that key support for Tony Abbott is ebbing...

Tony Abbott's leadership facing renewed questions with Malcolm Turnbull breaking ranks

Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull toured the NBN racks in the Queanbeyan Telstra exchange on Wednesday 25 February 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Mark Kenny and James Massola Tony Abbott's judgment is again being questioned by colleagues over his continuing attack on Gillian Triggs with Malcolm Turnbull exposing the strategy as against the interests of the government and...

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Malcolm Turnbull contradicts Tony Abbott on Gillian Triggs strategy

NSW Premier Mike Baird and Federal Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull at Our Big Kitchen in Bondi for the launch of the SecondBite and Our Big Kitchen Meals That Matter program. 20th February 2015 Photo: Janie Barrett

James Massola Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has directly contradicted Prime Minister Tony Abbott's scathing critique of Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs, heaping praise on the...

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Tony Abbott angers backbench with dismissive 'slap-down'

On the attack: Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Parliament on Tuesday.

Mark Kenny, James Massola, and Richard Baker Tony Abbott has done nothing to salve discontent on his backbench with a dismissive party-room "slap-down" of MPs who advocated a less combative approach to the issue of children in immigration...

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Tony Abbott faces 'cavalcade of complaints' in Liberal party room

Tony Abbott faces sustained questioning in the party room on Tuesday - on issues such as Philip Ruddock's axing as chief government whip, children in detention and the government's submarines project.

James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott faced a 'cavalcade of complaints' in Tuesday's Liberal Party room, including repeated questioning from WA MP Don Randall about why former chief government whip Philip...

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Abbott government rules out changes to penalty rates, minimum wage

Senator Eric Abetz Emplyment minister released the Interim Report from the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption at Parliament House in Canberra on Friday 19 December 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

James Massola Business groups have lashed the Abbott government for ruling out any change to penalty rates or the minimum wage, accusing it of taking a "head in the sand" approach and arguing the Coalition has...

Seven ministers put Tony Abbott on notice

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during question time.

James Massola Seven ministers who voted for Tony Abbott in the failed spill motion are now prepared to help remove the Prime Minister if he cannot revive the government's fortunes and recover his position in the...

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Inter-generational report: Joe Hockey warns difficult days lie ahead

Treasurer promised a

James Massola Australians will "fall off their chairs" when the inter-generational report is released, Treasurer Joe Hockey says, because for all the government's efforts "we still don't get anywhere near being...

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'Political chaos' blamed for delay of key tax and intergenerational reports until March

Treasurer Joe Hockey says the Intergenerational Report will be released

James Massola, Gareth Hutchens Political chaos in the Abbott government has delayed the release of a crucial tax reform paper and the intergenerational report, business groups, economists, Labor and the Greens say.

Credlin slips into the background but Abbott appears to be sticking by his 'fierce warrior'

Peta Credlin and Julie Bishop during question time.

James Massola She's the woman on the lips of the nation's most senior politicians.

Malcolm Turnbull was approached about the Treasury portfolio even before Monday's spill

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Mark Kenny, James Massola As the mood in the government deteriorates, ministers have revealed that they asked Malcolm Turnbull to consider a plum role - even before December's ministerial reshuffle.

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Tony Abbott buys time after 'near death experience', vows to change

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during question time at Parliament House on Monday 9 February 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Mark Kenny, James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott has bought himself the extra months he believes are needed to rebuild his battered leadership by admitting his first budget was "too bold and ambitious", and by promising...

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Armed guards now stationed to protect Australian MPs and senators in both chambers of Federal Parliament

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

James Massola For the first time in Australian history, armed guards are protecting MPs and senators in the House and Senate chambers of the federal parliament.

Tony Abbott pleads with colleagues for six-month reprieve

Prime Minister Tony Abbott emerges from the the Liberal party room after surviving a leadership spill.

James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott hit the phones to plead for six months to turn around the fortunes of his embattled government on Sunday night.

Tony Abbott admits he may lose prime ministership

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks during a press conference in Sydney on February 6, 2015. Party critics of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott launched a dramatic bid on February 6 to unseat the unpopular conservative leader after less than 18 months in office, but he vowed to fight on. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN

James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott has launched an impassioned defence of his prime ministership while also admitting he could lose the nation’s top political job.

Tony Abbott's moment of truth

The Fairfax-Ipsos poll suggest about one in five people will change how they vote at the NSW election if Tony Abbott is ousted.

Mark Kenny and James Massola The fate of the 17-month-old Abbott Coalition government will be the first order of business when Parliament resumes on Monday, with the 102-member Liberal party room considering a do-or-die spill of...

Liberal MPs slam Tony Abbott's decision to bring spill motion forward

Julie Bishop.

James Massola Liberal senator Arthur Sinodinos has publicly criticised Prime Minster Tony Abbott's decision to bring forward a party room vote on the leadership to Monday.

Liberal MPs' knives sharpening ahead of crucial leadership ballot on Tuesday

Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott.

Mark Kenny, James Massola Worried Liberals are urging Malcolm Turnbull to declare his intention to challenge Tony Abbott before Tuesday's proposed leadership spill, to give the party a clear choice between staying with the...

Supporters say Malcolm Turnbull will run against Tony Abbott for Liberal Party leader if spill motion succeeds

Supporters say Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull will contest the Liberal Party leadership if moves to declare the position vacant succeed.

James Massola and Mark Kenny Malcolm Turnbull's key supporters say he will be a candidate for the prime ministership on Tuesday if a spill of the Liberal Party leadership positions is successful.

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Tony Abbott comes out fighting as leadership crisis heats up

Tony Abbott has come out fighting as the crisis engulfing his leadership continues.

Mark Kenny, James Massola and Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott has dug in against a party-room move to dump him declaring he and deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop would “stand together” to defeat a spill motion at Tuesday's scheduled...