Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is the political editor of The Age.

Nauru courts crisis a case of 'internal politics': Scott Morrison

Nauru

Judith Ireland, Michael Gordon Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has asked Australia's High Commission in Nauru to find out what will happen to the cases of asylum seekers charged with rioting after Nauru sacked its only...

Courts in crisis as Nauru sacks its only magistrate

Justice

Michael Gordon Nauru's justice system is in disarray and cases against scores of asylum seekers are in limbo after the Nauru government sacked its only magistrate and denied its Australian Chief Justice a visa to...

Bill Shorten is ready to rule and declares Tony Abbott a 'oncer' prime minister

Bill Shorten

Michael Gordon Bill Shorten has branded Tony Abbott a potential 'oncer' prime minister, insisting Labor can win government back at the next election if it stays united.

Nauru sacks its sole magistrate, leaving detainees in limbo

Nauru

Michael Gordon Nauru's justice system is in disarray and cases against scores of asylum seekers are in limbo after the Nauru government sacked its only magistrate and denied its Australian chief justice a visa to...

Asylum seekers left in legal limbo

Justice

Michael Gordon Nauru's justice system is in disarray and cases against scores of asylum seekers are in limbo after the Nauru government sacked its only magistrate and denied its Australian Chief Justice a visa to...

Bill Shorten says he can limit Prime Minister Tony Abbott to one term

Bill Shorten

Michael Gordon Bill Shorten has branded Tony Abbott a potential ''oncer'' prime minister, insisting Labor can win government back at the next election if it stays united.

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Surprises come from this 'no surprises' government

Abbott

Michael Gordon Tony Abbott's "no surprises" approach on border protection suddenly has an asterisk attached to it. We now know that, contrary to the Abbott government's stated policy, there have been several...

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High Court ruling leaves asylum seekers in limbo

Michael Gordon Abbott government reaffirms hard line on refugees deemed security threats by ASIO after High Court decision failed to resolve fate of a Sri Lankan mother who has been in detention with her three...

Paul Keating reflects on Labor achievements on anniversary of dollar float

Former prime minister Paul Keating

Michael Gordon Paul Keating injected a dose of perspective into the debate on Holden's decision to stop making cars in Australia when he addressed the Labor caucus to mark the 30th anniversary of the float of the...

Melissa Parke and Judi Moylan win parliamentary integrity awards

Melissa Parke and Judi Moylan at Parliament House in Canberra on 11 December 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

Michael Gordon It isn't often that a Labor MP cites a Liberal as a role model, but it happened on Wednesday evening when Melissa Parke and Judi Moylan were honoured in this year's parliamentary integrity awards.

Amnesty International report accuses Manus Island detention centre of humiliating asylum seekers

Asylum seekers

Michael Gordon Asylum seekers are being subjected to humiliating treatment and appalling conditions on the Manus Island detention centre in a deliberate effort to pressure them to go back to where they came from,...

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Australia must do better on boats problem, says Sir Gerard Brennan

Gerard Brennan.

Michael Gordon Former chief justice, Sir Gerard Brennan, has appealed to both sides of politics to do much better on the 'excruciating problem' of asylum seekers who arrive by boat.

Joe Hockey emerges the brightest asset in Tony Abbott's faltering ministry

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon Joe Hockey has pulled off a neat trifecta with his deal with the Greens to remove the debt ceiling.

Impasse over TPVs widens as Clive Palmer weighs into debate

Scott Morrison.

Michael Gordon, Mark Kenny Thousands of refugees, including unaccompanied children, face the prospect of no work rights and limited support beyond next year as the latest political impasse on asylum seekers widened to include...

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Scott Morrison being 'mean for the hell of it' to asylum seekers: Labor

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison

Jonathan Swan, Mark Kenny, Michael Gordon Immigration Minister Scott Morrison's freezing of permanent protection visas for asylum seekers is “mean for the hell of it”, according to the opposition.

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Cruel, unfair punishment that will not work

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon Scott Morrison is right when he says the Coalition had a mandate to reintroduce temporary protection visas for asylum seekers who come by boat and are found to be refugees.

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Tony Abbott angry TPV legislation blocked in Senate

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the media during a press conference at Parlaiment House in Canberra on Tuesday 12 November 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Mark Kenny, Michael Gordon The Abbott government is preparing to toughen its already hardline asylum-seeker policies after its attempt to reintroduce temporary protection visas was blocked in the Senate by Labor and the Greens.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott threatens tougher action on asylum seekers after losing parliamentary vote

asylum seekers

Mark Kenny, Michael Gordon The Abbott government is preparing to toughen its already hardline asylum seeker policies after its attempt to reintroduce temporary protection visas was blocked in the Senate by Labor and the Greens.

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Palmer preaches slogans as crowd cheers giant-slayer

Clive Palmer Independent MP for Fairfax and Cathy McGowan Independent MP for Indi wait to make their maiden speech to Parliament.

Michael Gordon Clive Palmer was the headline act, but the biggest crowd came to support the woman who turned out to be his warm-up act, Cathy McGowan, the giant-slayer from north-east Victoria.

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New MPs Clive Palmer and Cathy McGowan voice their dreams

Cathy McGowan and Clive Palmer.

Michael Gordon Clive Palmer was the headline act, but the biggest crowd came to support the woman who turned out to be his warm-up act, Cathy McGowan, the giant-slayer from north-east Victoria.