Federal Politics

James Massola

James Massola is chief political reporter in the Canberra bureau. He was a Walkley finalist in 2015 and has worked in the federal press gallery for eight years, including stints for The Australian Financial Review and The Australian before joining the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Labor must not 'badly misread' the national mood.

Turnbull to Shorten: Meet me in the sensible centre

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will appeal directly to Labor and the minor political parties to "meet us in the sensible centre" or risk the wrath of Australians who want their politicians to work together and compromise.

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison says Australia is divided between the "the taxed and the taxed nots".

Morrison issues stark debt, recession warning

A generation of Australians has never known a recession or high unemployment but unless hard decisions are taken soon, there is a "terrible risk" complacency could end Australia's 25 consecutive years of economic growth, Treasurer Scott Morrison has warned.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says he will step up and show the leadership the nation has lacked to fix the budget.

Shorten fights back, outlines $80b in savings

Opposition leader Bill Shorten will look to turn the tables on the federal coalition and challenge Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to adopt Labor savings worth $80 billion over a decade.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the white paper will 'look at how to maximise our influence'.

Bishop kick-starts new foreign policy framework

Julie Bishop will kickstart her second term as Foreign Minister with a new white paper that will establish a "philosophical framework to guide Australia's engagement, regardless of international events".

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he will consider a new banking tribunal.

PM ramps up pressure to back $6b in savings

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will ramp up pressure on the federal opposition to support $6 billion in government savings it committed to during the election, promising he is ready to "reach across the aisle" to repair the budget.