Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is the political editor of The Age.

Palmer demanding concessions over TPVs

Sarah Whyte and Michael Gordon Clive Palmer has signalled he will support restoring temporary protection visas only if the Abbott government removes asylum seeker children from Christmas Island and Nauru.

Frustration grows among asylum seekers as PNG yet to offer resettlement

Asylum seekers despair at the Papua New Guinea government's failure to decide on a resettlement policy.

Michael Gordon and Sarah Whyte More than three months after Tony Abbott said asylum seekers would begin to be resettled in Papua New Guinea, the PNG government is still to decide on a resettlement policy.

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Ex-prime minister Paul Keating lifts the lid on Labor's 'fireworks'

Michael Gordon Bob Hawke wasn't the only target when Paul Keating decided to pay Gareth Evans – "the greatest foreign minister the country has ever had" – the honour of launching his 30-year-old cabinet...

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Paul Keating gives blistering critique of Bob Hawke

Former prime minister Paul Keating with Gareth Evans at Wednesday's book launch in Canberra.

Michael Gordon Paul Keating has launched a withering attack on Bob Hawke, Labor’s longest-serving prime minister, asserting that he assumed the role of leading the government for five years of Mr...

Scott Morrison's message: there must be no compromise on the boats

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Michael Gordon In Scott Morrison's world, there are just two, diametrically-opposed approaches to border protection: his way that has stopped the boats, or an open slather policy that invites social dislocation and...

Immigration minister Morrison defends lifesaving sovereign border creed

Scott Morrison

Michael Gordon In Scott Morrison's world, there are just two, diametrically opposed, approaches to border protection: his way that has stopped the boats, or an open slather policy that invites social dislocation...

UN agency in High Court challenge to Abbott government's treatment of asylum seekers

George Newhouse: case will test the government's powers

Michael Gordon The United Nations refugee agency will seek to appear in a High Court challenge to the Abbott government's power to intercept boats on the highs seas, hold asylum seekers indefinitely on customs...

Asylum staff hit by mental health crisis

Youth mental health.

Michael Gordon, Sarah Whyte Mental health crisis inside detention centre on Christmas Island is now taking its toll on those who guard the asylum seekers.

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Freeing asylum seeker children from detention part of Scott Morrison's strategy to reintroduce temporary protection visas

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Michael Gordon On the eve of a meeting with Clive Palmer, Scott Morrison has belatedly pledged to get young children out of mainland detention centres and into the community on bridging visas by year's end.

Minister acts on SA truancy

Michael Gordon Nigel Scullion has moved unilaterally to impose financial penalties on parents who do not send their children to schools in eight remote Aboriginal communities in north-west South Australia.

Getting kids to class a learning experience

Children on a break at Fregon School.

Michael Gordon School attendance officers of the tiny community of Fregon usually work alone, knocking on the doors of homes of children who should be at school and offering them a lift.

Minister threatens sanctions over absenteeism in remote schools

Kids playing at the Amata school.

Michael Gordon Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion has vowed to impose sanctions on parents in remote indigenous communities whose children are not attending school.

No excuses as the young hardest hit

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Michael Gordon Bad news in latest jobless statistics is not that it's the biggest monthly figure since the global financial crisis.

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Tony Abbott makes a welcome 'leader's call' by dumping proposed changes to race hate laws

Prime Minster, Tony Abbott

Michael Gordon Unlike Abbott's other notable "leader's calls" – committing to his overly-generous parental leave scheme and reintroducing knights and dames – his decision to dump plans to repeal race hate laws one...

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Former Greens leader Bob Brown 'happier than ever' following retirement

Bob Brown's book launch at Villa Alba Museum in Kew. 4 August 2014.
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Michael Gordon Bob Brown confessed to a single regret at the launch of Optimism, his book of reflections in Melbourne on Monday.

Bob Brown's 'Optimism' tells stories with hope for changing humanity's course

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Michael Gordon Bob Brown confessed to a single regret at the launch of Optimism, his book of reflections in Melbourne on Monday.

Asylum seekers showing signs of trauma, torture, says senator

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Michael Gordon, Sarah Whyte About four out of five of the 157 asylum seekers being held at a remote detention centre in WA are showing signs of trauma and torture, Greens Senator claims.

False imprisonment claims heard in High Court over 157 Tamils held on boat for a month

A group of asylum seekers get on board an airplane at Cocos Island on Sunday, July 27, en route to Curtin detention centre in Western Australia.

Michael Gordon A High Court challenge to the Abbott government's powers over asylum seekers it takes into custody on the high seas has been widened to include a claim for damages for false imprisonment.

Prioritise free trade and amend Fair Work: Business Council urges reforms to improve competitiveness

Telstra chair Catherine Livingstone.

Michael Gordon Australia faces a bleak future of higher unemployment and lower living standards without an urgent and fundamental "mindset change" by governments, business and individuals, according to a landmark...

Costly, cruel, futile: the price of Scott Morrison holding 157 asylum seekers on floating prison

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Michael Gordon Let's, for a moment, put to one side the ordeal that the Abbott government inflicted on 157 asylum seekers whose boat was intercepted off Christmas Island, just outside Australia's migration zone...