Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is the political editor of The Age.

Malcolm Fraser savages Scott Morrison's new asylum seeker laws and senators who passed them

Michael Gordon Australia is now known around the world as the most inhumane, the most uncaring and the most selfish of all the wealthy countries, former prime minister Malcolm Fraser has declared.

Medicare co-payment: penny drops as Abbott vows to listen and learn

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Michael Gordon Tony Abbott didn't say it, but his Medicare co-payment backdown is a belated admission that a centrepiece of his May budget was unfair to the elderly, to families with young children and the...

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Trust key to Tony Abbott's slide

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Michael Gordon The question for Tony Abbott to ponder over the Christmas break is why, if his government has delivered so substantially on its election commitments, is it being rated so harshly by the electorate.

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott is feeling the heat after a 'ragged' year

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Michael Gordon Political leaders don't get many chances to admit they were wrong, clear the slate and announce a new direction.

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Temporary protection visas in limbo on last day of Parliament

Immigration  Minister Scott Morrison at Parliament House on Wednesday.

Sarah Whyte and Michael Gordon The Abbott government's plan to introduce temporary protection visas remained in limbo on Thursday as the Senate continued to debate the wide-ranging legislation late into the night.

Palmer United Party to back Scott Morrison's temporary protection visa legislation

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison close to securing Senate support for his migration bill.

Michael Gordon, Sarah Whyte Controversial temporary protection visas are closer to being restored as the Palmer United Party has confirmed it will support Immigration Minister Scott Morrison's sweeping migration and maritime...

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Morrison tries last minute sweeteners to crossbenchers

Last minute bid: Immigration Minister Scott Morrison details the concessions in a press conference on Wednesday.

Sarah Whyte and Michael Gordon In a last minute pitch to the crossbenchers, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has said he will increase the humanitarian intake of refugees if they pass the controversial Migration Act that is...

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Scott Morrison under pressure to compromise on Temporary Protection Visas

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Michael Gordon Immigration minister Scott Morrison is under mounting pressure from crossbench senators to compromise if legislation to restore temporary protection visas is to pass into law next week.

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Time for a new path to equality, says public health advocate Fiona Stanley

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Michael Gordon Australia needs to dramatically “scale up” its investment in early childhood and parental support to underpin the country’s future prosperity, says public health advocate and former...

Workplace gender gap is still too wide

Gender pay gap.

Michael Gordon Tony Abbott is set to seize on the most comprehensive study of gender inequality in the workplace to press the case for his signature paid parental leave scheme.

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Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion rejects justice targets for indigenous people

Scullion rebuffs call for justice targets: Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion.

Michael Gordon Report finds progress in some areas, including life expectancy, home ownership, year-12 completion and infant survival rates, but alarming increases in incarceration, self-harm and psychological...

Indigenous disadvantage report is a wake-up call for Australia

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Michael Gordon This latest report into indigenous disadvantage should come as a sobering reality check.

Landmark report reveals scale of indigenous disadvantage


Michael Gordon Levels of self-harm and incarceration for indigenous Australians have increased at alarming levels despite the efforts of both sides of politics to 'close the gap', the most comprehensive report on...

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Everyone's a winner in Xi Jinping's 'virtuous cycle'

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Michael Gordon China's President Xi Jinping has used his address to the Australian Parliament to send an emphatic message to this country and the wider world: trust us, and everyone's a winner.

US-China climate deal puts pressure on Tony Abbott

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Michael Gordon China and the US agreement highlights PM's inaction on global warming.

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PNG offers 10 asylum seekers refugee status

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.

Michael Gordon The 10 will be invited to apply for a visa that will initially extend for 12 months.

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young vows to 'lift lid' on Cambodia refugee resettlement deal

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young will visit Cambodia to investigate Australia's deal to resettle refugees in the impoverished South-East Asian nation.

Michael Gordon Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young has vowed to get to the bottom of Australia's deal to resettle in Cambodia those found to be refugees on Nauru during a visit to the South-East Asian nation next...

More men than women approve of Abbott as Prime Minster

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Michael Gordon Tony Abbott has recovered the ground he lost in the ratings after the widely unpopular first budget, a national poll shows.

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Sexual abuse, rape threats alleged by Nauru asylum seekers

A female asylum seeker in Nauru has made allegations of sexual abuse of women and children by guards working in the detention centre.

Sarah Whyte and Michael Gordon Asylum seekers have detailed allegations of sexual abuse and threats of rape by guards working in the detention centre on Nauru, as protests and acts of self-harm continue over the decision to offer...

Gillard and the question of gender


Michael Gordon Julia Gillard says gender helps to explain why her experience as Prime Minister was so different from those who went before her.