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Jonathan Swan

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

Crimea tensions behind Russia's ban of Australian beef imports, says Barnaby Joyce

Jonathan Swan, Lisa Cox Russia’s ban on Australian beef imports because of growth hormones does not “ring true”, according to Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.

Was Dame Quentin Bryce really a dame when Tony Abbott said she was?

Prime Minister Tony Abbott farewelled Governor-General Quentin Bryce

Peter Hartcher, Jonathan Swan Tony Abbott announced last week that Quentin Bryce had been made a dame and Peter Cosgrove a knight. But had they really?

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Tony Abbott accuses Clive Palmer of trying to buy seats

Clive Palmer

Jonathan Swan Mining magnate and MP Clive Palmer is trying to "buy seats" in federal Parliament and West Australians are not dumb enough to fall for it, says Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

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Clive Palmer says he's paid multimillion-dollar carbon tax bill, before due date

Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer.

Jonathan Swan Clive Palmer claims his company Queensland Nickel has now paid its outstanding carbon tax bill, after reports suggesting looming multimillion-dollar debts.

Indigenous leader Tom Calma pans race-hate changes

James Massola, Jonathan Swan and Steve Lillebuem Indigenous leader Tom Calma has condemned George Brandis' proposed changes to race-hate laws, saying they would be a major setback to reconciliation.

George Brandis' race hate law changes condemned by respected indigenous leader

Dr Tom Calma

James Massola, Jonathan Swan Indigenous leader Tom Calma has skewered Attorney-General George Brandis' proposed changes to race-hate laws, making for an awkward Monday as the two men will share the stage at a reconciliation...

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Labor remains determined to unseat Bronwyn Bishop as Speaker

Bronwyn Bishop

Matthew Knott, Jonathan Swan When Tony Abbott anointed Bronwyn Bishop as Speaker last year she received a surprising phone call. Peter Slipper, who abandoned the Liberal Party to become Speaker, was offering to give her private...

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Labor accuses Bronwyn Bishop of being 'most biased Speaker' in history

Bronwyn Bishop

Jonathan Swan Labor has attempted to pass a motion of no confidence in the Speaker of the House of Representatives Bronwyn Bishop.

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


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


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


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

Attorney-General George Brandis.

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

Tony Abbott

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.