Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is the political editor of The Age.

Flawed Labor tactics fuel early election talk

Michael Gordon  For the second week running, Labor has bungled its question time strategy, eschewing substantial issues in order to pursue what John Howard used to call "cheapjack opportunism".

Labor’s turn-back leaves Bill Shorten exposed

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Michael Gordon Retreats in politics are seldom more comprehensive, or unedifying, than Bill Shorten's turn-back on Labor's pursuit of the Abbott Government and its apparent willingness to pay people smugglers to...

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UN lashes Australian 'contempt and hostility' toward asylum seekers

A boat that carried Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants, now abandoned in Kuta Binie, Indonesia.

Michael Gordon The United Nation High Commissioner for Human Rights has delivered a withering critique of Australia's treatment of asylum seekers, saying he is bewildered by the "hostility and contempt" for them,...

Abbott may have been premature in calling the Coalition's recovery

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Michael Gordon Polling shows that the Coalition vulnerable in its core areas, the economy and national security, and the housing bubble a hot-button with unhappy voters.

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Revealed: How the UN told Abbott government to back off on Gillian Triggs

President of the Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs.

Michael Gordon  The United Nations formally urged the Abbott government to stop attacking Gillian Triggs before Immigration Minister Peter Dutton branded her a "disgrace" and urged her to consider stepping...

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Gillian Triggs says expansion of ministerial powers 'a growing threat to democracy'

Gillian Triggs says many laws ''introduced with unseemly haste'' before Christmas in the name of national security go well beyond what might be deemed necessary.

Michael Gordon The outspoken head of Australia's human rights watchdog, Gillian Triggs, has described the expansion of discretionary ministerial powers that may be exercised with limited or no judicial scrutiny as...

Peter Dutton over-reaches on Gillian Triggs and Sarah Hanson-Young

Gillian Triggs did not  link the government's policy of turning back the boats with the deaths of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran,

Michael Gordon It is says a great deal about the state of relations between the government and the country's human rights watchdog that a cabinet minister would call a media conference and launch a blistering...

Forget the leaks, cabinet citizenship divisions are on the record

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a condolence motion for former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 23 March 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Michael Gordon You don't need the cabinet leaks to expose the deep divisions within the Abbott government on the question of stripping citizenship from those who join terrorist organisations.

Abbott calls summit to break recognition impasse

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Michael Gordon The Prime Minister has called a bipartisan summit of Indigenous leaders for July 6 to discuss the timing and wording of the referendum for the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...

Tony Abbott abdicates leadership on refugee crisis with negative new slogan

The fatal flaw in the PM's latest slogan is that it assumes this refugee crisis is identical to the one he faced when he came to power.

Michael Gordon Tony Abbott has a new three-word slogan, crafted in response to appeals for Australia to resettle some of the thousands of refugees facing death in the Andaman Sea: "Nope, nope, nope."

Let's not get carried away with early election hype

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Michael Gordon Before we all pencil in an early election on the back of the best-received budget in memory, let's remember it was also one of the greatest escapes in Australian political history.

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Bill Shorten nominates the future, not fairness, as the next battleground

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Michael Gordon While Joe Hockey's budget is focused squarely on the here and now - giving voters to incentive to borrow, spend and employ today - Bill Shorten's horizon is the decade beginning in 2020 and the jobs...

'I want to get things done,' vows new Greens leader Richard Di Natale

Christine Milne with the new Greens leader Richard Di Natale.

Michael Gordon New Greens leader Richard Di Natale has vowed to get climate change policy "back on track" and champion "mainstream progressive values" after the surprise resignation of Christine Milne.

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New law will increase violence against asylum seekers: former judge

News laws giving security guards in detention centres more power to use force have been criticised.

Michael Gordon News laws giving security guards in detention centres more power to use force than police or prison guards are likely to encourage more abuse of and violence against asylum seekers in detention, a...

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Police called to Wickham Point detention centre after mass protest

Wickham Point detention centre in Darwin.

Michael Gordon Moves to return families with infants to the Nauru have prompted a mass protest at the Wickham Point detention centre in Darwin, with reports of several acts of self-harm.

Time for Tony Abbott to sweat some blood on Indigenous recognition

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Michael Gordon Before Noel Pearson's latest intervention, the push to recognise Indigenous Australians in the nation's constitution was running behind schedule and in danger of running out of puff.

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Noel Pearson calls for a national competition to recognise Indigenous Australians

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Michael Gordon Australians would be given the chance to draft a declaration recognising the place of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders in the nation's history and culture and promoting reconciliation under a...

Sour voters brace for budget verdict

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Michael Gordon If Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey need a reminder of the scale of the task they are facing in next month's budget, it is there in this month's Fairfax Ipsos National Poll.

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Alcohol a bigger problem than ice, says Jeff Kennett

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Michael Gordon Former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett has questioned what Tony Abbott's ice taskforce will achieve and appealed for "courageous" leadership on the bigger problem of alcohol.

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Perpetrators 'have easy access' to victims on Nauru: letter

The Nauru detention centre.

Michael Gordon and Fergus Hunter Several perpetrators of sexual assaults on asylum seekers within the Nauru detention centre continue to have "easy access" to those they abused, according to a group of current and former workers at...

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