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.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has alienated conservatives, including Peter Dutton.

Abbott damaged by gunfight with PM, say Liberals

Liberal MPs say Tony Abbott has damaged his standing among Coalition conservatives after an extraordinary, days-long public fight with Malcolm Turnbull - and ministers Peter Dutton and Michael Keenan - over a ban on the Adler shotgun.

"It really is sheer madness for the government to be pursuing a $50 billion tax cut for big business at this time": ...

Bowen fires back at Morrison over AAA warning

Scott Morrison must raise tax revenue and dump the government's $50 billion, 10-year company tax cut plan to save Australia's Triple A credit rating, Labor's treasury spokesman Chris Bowen says.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott in Parliament on Tuesday during the debate on gun laws.

Government would be 'crackers' to relax gun laws: Abbott

The federal government would be "crackers" to water down a ban on importing rapid fire shotguns into Australia because of the growing terror threat, Tony Abbott says, in comments that place him at odds with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Nationals MPs.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull turns up the heat on Tony Abbott over guns.

Turnbull on the backfoot over guns

The Federal Government's attempts to pass a pair of union-busting industrial laws has been sidetracked by claims it was prepared to horse-trade over Australia's strict gun laws, prompting a fierce political attack from Labor and criticism from former prime minister Tony Abbott.

Gavin Marshall

Labor senator declares war on frontbench colleagues

Victorian Labor senator Gavin Marshall has declared war on frontbench colleague Andrew Giles, revealing he plans to back a preselection challenge to the Scullin MP and accusing him of lying over a plot to remove his ally Kim Carr.