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Jonathan Swan

Jonathan Swan is a Fairfax Media reporter based in the Canberra bureau, Parliament House.

Mark Dreyfus' opposition to royal titles no barrier to remaining a Queen's Counsel

Mark Dreyfus.

Jonathan Swan Among the most vehement critics of Tony Abbott's knights and dames has been Labor's senior silk, Mark Dreyfus, QC.

Mathias Cormann announces Abbott government will go ahead with sale of Medibank Private

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Jonathan Swan Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has announced that the federal government will proceed with the sale of Medibank Private.

'We will never, never compromise on Medicare': Opposition Leader Bill Shorten tells National Press Club

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten addressed the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday 26 March 2014.

Jonathan Swan Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has flatly ruled out compromising with Tony Abbott on Medicare reform.

ALP to rally migrants to fight race hate law changes

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Heath Aston, Jonathan Swan Labor will launch a blitz on Liberal-held marginal seats to warn migrant communities about the Abbott government's plans to water down race hate protections.

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Backlash over George Brandis' racial discrimination repeal

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James Massola, Jonathan Swan Prime Minister Tony Abbott is facing a storm of protest from religious and ethnic groups, human rights organisations and sections of his own backbench over sweeping changes to race-hate laws which...

Abbott government faces backlash over race hate law changes

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James Massola and Jonathan Swan Prime Minister Tony Abbott is facing a storm of protest from religious and ethnic groups, human rights organisations and sections of his own backbench over sweeping changes to race hate laws that...

George Brandis releases planned sweeping changes to race hate laws

Attorney-General Senator George Brandis

Jonathan Swan, James Massola Conservative columnist Andrew Bolt has endorsed the Abbott government's sweeping changes to race hate laws but Liberal MPs have already flagged concerns about exemptions in the proposed laws that...

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Eric Abetz to establish support group for monarchists

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:  (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge talk to Queen Elizabeth II (not pictured) as they arrive, holding their son Prince George, at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, ahead of the christening of the three month-old Prince George of Cambridge by the Archbishop of Canterbury on October 23, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

Jonathan Swan Abbott government ministers are jostling for royal affections ahead of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's April visit to Australia.

Tony Abbott sidesteps questions on whether Bill Heffernan warned him about Arthur Sinodinos' work with Australian Water Holdings

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during question time in Parliament House in Canberra on Monday.

Jonathan Swan Tony Abbott has refused to say whether he was warned about Arthur Sinodinos' dealings with a company linked to crooked former powerbroker Eddie Obeid before Senator Sinodinos was appointed to the...

Attorney-General George Brandis: 'People do have a right to be bigots'

George Brandis.

Dan Harrison, Jonathan Swan Attorney-General George Brandis has defended the right of Australians to be ''bigots''.

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Arthur Sinodinos: The man least likely

Arthur Sinodinos

Kate McClymont, Jonathan Swan and Michaela Whitbourn How did squeaky clean Liberal icon Arthus Sinodinos get messed up with the now notorious Eddie Obeid in the NSW corruption inquiry?

Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos stands down from frontbench

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Jonathan Swan and Lisa Cox Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos has stood down from the frontbench after political pressure over business dealings that are before a NSW anti-corruption inquiry.

Government plan to wind back gender laws put on ice

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Jonathan Swan and Judith Ireland In news that will comfort gender equality advocates, Tony Abbott will not be touching gender reporting requirements for businesses - at least not in the first red tape "repeal day".

Labor calls on Arthur Sinodinos to stand aside as ICAC inquiries continue

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Jonathan Swan Arthur Sinodinos should stand aside if he cannot immediately give a "full and proper explanation" of his dealings with an Obeid-linked company, shadow treasurer Chris Bowen says.

Sinodinos had left-wing beginnings as the son of Greek immigrants

Outgoing Chief of Staff in the PM s office, Arthur Sinodinos recieves good wishes and blessings from the Prime Minister John Howard.    The meeting took place in the PM s office in Parliament Canberra on the 8thDec2006.    Photograph taken by Andrew Taylor SPECIALX NZ

Jonathan Swan Arthur Sinodinos, who was John Howard's closest adviser for more than a decade, was so crucial to the Howard government that when he left to join the private sector in 2006, ''the wheels seemed to...

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos has his full confidence

Senator Arthur Sinodinos Assistant Treasurer during Senate question time at Parliament House Canberra on Tuesday.

Lisa Cox, Jonathan Swan Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos has his full confidence after his prior business dealings were aired at a NSW anti-corruption hearing.

Five things you didn't know about Arthur Sinodinos

Senator Arthur Sinodinos Assistant Treasurer during Senate question time at Parliament House Canberra on Tuesday 18 March 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Jonathan Swan With ICAC hearings shifting the focus on Arthur Sinodinos, here are five things you won't know about the Assistant Treasurer and former adviser to John Howard.

Changes to race hate laws would 'license public humiliation of people because of their race'

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Jonathan Swan The Abbott government would be ''licensing the public humiliation of people because of their race'' if it changed certain sections in the Racial Discrimination Act.

Liberal MPs stand by Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos

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Jonathan Swan Senior Abbott government MPs have come out strongly in defence of Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos, whose prior business dealings are being canvassed in corruption hearings.

Home insulation: Why is there a royal commission into the Rudd government's scheme?

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Jonathan Swan What did the home insulation program involve?