Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is the political editor of The Age.

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.

Paul Keating got 'high as a kite' on symphonies

Paul Keating.

Michael Gordon Paul Keating has confessed to being a ''maddie'' as a political leader, saying the inspiration for many of his biggest projects came from getting as ''high as a kite, mad'' listening to symphonies on...

Paul Keating tells ABC he was 'mad' prime minister

Paul Keating.

Michael Gordon 'Politicians come in three varieties: straight men, fixers and maddies,' declares former PM.

Tony Abbott badly shaken but Labor can't be complacent

Michael Gordon dinkus.

Michael Gordon Some honeymoon. The first post-election Herald-Nielsen Poll is a reality check for Coalition MPs who think the election was an emphatic vote for their people and policies.

Post-election poll sends message to Tony Abbott to earn voters' trust

Tony Abbott.

Michael Gordon Some honeymoon! The first post-election Fairfax/Nielsen Poll is a reality check for Coalition MPs who think the election was an emphatic vote for their people and policies. It wasn't.

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PM, try the telephone, forget the megaphone

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon Pick up the phone, Tony! It's time for some plain speaking to reassure the man you call ''perhaps one of the very best friends that Australia has anywhere in the world'.

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Spying scandal: Tony Abbott must find middle ground

Tony Abbott.

Michael Gordon It's time for Tony Abbott to seize the middle ground and try to defuse the escalating tensions with Indonesia by giving Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono a simple assurance that Australia isn't trying to...

Paul Keating says he feared being dumped by Bob Hawke as economic spokesman

Paul Keating

Michael Gordon The most productive double act in the history of the Labor Party might have been derailed before it even began, with fear that Bob Hawke would dump Paul Keating as Labor's economic spokesman...