Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is the political editor of The Age.

Lawyers launch High Court challenge to PNG refugee program

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Michael Gordon High Court challenge claims policy is invalid and in breach of Australia's international treaty obligations.

Coalition's lack of detail on cost is damning

ELECTION 2013: Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 6 August 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Michael Gordon The question could hardly have been more straightforward. It concerned a basic fact about Tony Abbott's signature policy for this election - a policy that is so well established that it was put by...

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Kevin Rudd dismisses legal challenge to PNG deal

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Judith Ireland, Michael Gordon and Daniel Flitton Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has brushed off news of a legal challenge to his Papua New Guinea plan for asylum seekers, saying he foreshadowed a challenge to the policy when he announced it in July.

Analysis

Rudd's running out of time and needs to do a Keating

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Michael Gordon The message to Rudd from Keating, based on his experience in 1993, is that it's not too late. But this invites another question: is Rudd as good as Keating?

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A cruel bidding war that leaves asylum seeker problems unsolved

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Michael Gordon If you arrived as a refugee between August 13 last year and this July, your prosepcts are bleak.

Neither party's policy offers a real solution

Michael Gordon One of Scott Morrison's more contentious observations on Friday was that asylum seekers in the community on bridging visas would be among the most enthusiastic about a Kevin Rudd victory on September...

Prime Minister's figures on post-PNG solution boat arrivals don't add up

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David Wroe, Michael Gordon Kevin Rudd has for the first time claimed demonstrable success for his PNG solution.

Boat arrivals decline, but not as much as PM is claiming

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

David Wroe, Michael Gordon Kevin Rudd has for the first time claimed demonstrable success for his Papua New Guinea solution but appears to have inflated the extent to which the flow of boats has dropped.

To have both leaders in the one place, that was a start

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Michael Gordon Barack Obama's explanation for doing well in the second of three debates with Mitt Romney before last year's presidential election was frank.

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Same old lines and still short on the facts

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott during the Leaders Debate at the National Press Club in Canberra on Sunday 11 August 2013.

Michael Gordon Tony Abbott took one big lesson out of his only previous debate with Kevin Rudd in March of 2010 - that he had to appeal to the wider audience and avoid being too negative.

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Debate light on new ideas and real answers provides no real winner

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Michael Gordon Tony Abbott took one big lesson out of his only previous debate with Kevin Rudd back in March of 2010 – that he had to appeal to the wider audience and avoid being too negative.

Flimflam man v Dr No

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Michael Gordon, Tony Wright and Jacqueline Maley Behind the principal ringmasters in this election campaign are teams that work in shifts, know how to exploit social media and exude the killer instinct.

It's advantage Abbott after week one

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Michael Gordon The honeymoon is over. If Kevin Rudd is to be returned as Prime Minister on September 7, he has to win this campaign and win it well, starting with Sunday's leaders' debate.

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Both parties to tackle high prison rates

 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda, at Bambini Trust Cafe for lunch. NEWS REVIEW-SMH photo by Marco Del Grande

Michael Gordon Reducing the extremely high rates of indigenous incarceration to be priority regardless of who wins.

Analysis

Rudd throws down a glove but Abbott ducks challenge

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Michael Gordon As a boxer at Oxford University, Tony Abbott adopted the approach of a whirling dervish.

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Rudd flips incumbency on its head

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Michael Gordon This will be a campaign like no other. Never before has a prime minister opened his campaign by inviting his opponent to join him in weekly debates until polling day, starting on day one.

Analysis

One thing missing was Rudd 'selfie'

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Michael Gordon Never before has PM announced election on social media or included a plea for donations in opening statement.

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Analysis

Enough shadow boxing, it's time for the real deal

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Michael Gordon Bring it on! There is now no good reason for Kevin Rudd to delay calling the election that, whatever the result, will draw a line under one of the most dispiriting, and viciously contested, periods...

'Caring' Greens unveil asylum policy to increase nation's refugee intake

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Michael Gordon The Greens would strip away all deterrents from refugee policy and aim to stop deaths at sea by dramatically increasing Australia's refugee intake and boosting the capacity of the United Nations...

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Manus tit-for-tat only helps the people smugglers

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Michael Gordon Once again, the major parties are sniping at each other's version of what is essentially the same policy to stop the boats – and giving the people smugglers a free kick.