Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is the political editor of The Age.

Refugees released into Nauru community on temporary visas, but will be refused settlement in Australia

Michael Gordon, Lisa Cox More than 20 months after the Nauru processing centre was re-opened, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that the first asylum seekers have been released into the local community after...

Nauru proposes buddy system for refugees as Cambodia confirms resettlement deal

Asylum seekers on their first day in the compound at Nauru.

Michael Gordon Residents of Nauru have been invited to become part of a ''buddy system'' to help asylum seekers - whose refugee claims are accepted - adapt to life out of detention.

Greens seek to scuttle Cambodia resettlement plan

Sarah Hanson-Young

Michael Gordon The Greens will attempt to force a vote in the Senate on plans to resettle in Cambodia refugees whose claims for protection are recognised on Nauru - and is challenging Labor to block any deal.

Greens will try to force Senate vote on plans to settle refugees in Cambodia

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young comments on the asylum seeker issue, during a doorstop interview at Parliament House, in Canberra on Tuesday 17 July 2012.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Michael Gordon The Greens will attempt to force a vote in the Senate on plans to resettle in Cambodia refugees whose claims for protection are recognised on Nauru and is challenging Labor to block any deal.

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John Howard 'took a big hit in the polls too' after first budget? Er, no Mr Abbott


Michael Gordon Tony Abbott has stumbled in his attempts to sell his budget, asserting wrongly that the Howard government "took a big hit in the polls too" after delivering its first budget in 1996.

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Pain-sharing promise to haunt PM

Michael Gordon dinkus.

Michael Gordon The broken promise that has inflicted massive and potentially irreparable damage on Tony Abbott was made after the Coalition trounced Labor at last year's election, not before.

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Security firm G4S warned Immigration of PNG police violence

Manus Island

David Wroe and Michael Gordon Security company G4S warned the Immigration Department before the Manus Island riots that police in Papua New Guinea were dangerously unpredictable and could start shooting in an emergency.

Bill Shorten's budget reply promise: I'll be as negative as Tony Abbott

Michael Gordon.

Michael Gordon Bill Shorten’s blunt message for Tony Abbott in his budget reply is that he intends to be every bit as negative as the man whose negativity tore down two prime ministers and a government.

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Julie Bishop calls on Nauru to respect freedom of speech

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop: “Parliamentarians are encouraged to engage in robust political debate for it is the contest of ideas that underpins democracy.

Daniel Flitton, Michael Gordon Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has called on Nauru to “uphold fundamental values of a robust democracy” after the government on the tiny Pacific nation moved to censure dissenting MPs.

Abbott in denial over broken promises

Michael Gordon dinkus.

Michael Gordon Phase one of Tony Abbott's strategy to sell the budget is to deny, point blank, that it is based on the deceit of broken promises made before last year's election.

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Community groups reject Brandis race hate reform

Heath Aston and Michael Gordon An overwhelming majority of ethnic and community groups oppose the Abbott government's proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act.

Drop race hate law change, says Warren Mundine

Warren Mundine

Michael Gordon The head of the Prime Minister's Indigenous Advisory Council has warned that the debate over race hate laws could derail the push for constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians.

PNG may impose quota on refugees from Manus Island

Michael Gordon Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s insistence that Papua New Guinea has agreed to resettle all Manus Island-based asylum seekers found to be refugees has been undermined for the second time...

Senate to quash moves to axe security laws scrutiny

George Brandis

Michael Gordon Plans to abolish scrutiny of national security legislation by an independent monitor face defeat in the Senate.

Greens respond to audit commission with own spending cuts


Michael Gordon The Greens have targeted the big banks, big miners and big polluters in a reponse to the National Commission of Audit that they say would raise almost $80 billion without hurting ordinary Australians.

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Ex-Manus Island workers report beatings, rapes of asylum seekers


Sarah Whyte, Michael Gordon Disturbing allegations of regular beatings, racist slurs and unwanted sexual advances by G4S guards on Manus Island have been made by a former Salvation Army worker.

Noel Pearson warns RDA changes will embolden bigots

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Michael Gordon Planned changes to race hate laws will embolden bigots, disempower the vulnerable and set back the cause of reconciliation and closing the gap, the indigenous leader most admired by Prime Minister...

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NSW Labor MPs angry at the way John Faulkner senate vacancy is being filled by head office

To be replaced: Senator John Faulkner.

Michael Gordon and Anna Patty Labor Party elder and reform campaigner John Faulkner will be replaced under the NSW ALP factions-controlled system of preselections that he has long criticised as undemocratic.

Manus detainees seek witness protection

Reza Barati

Michael Gordon Lawyers acting for asylum seekers who say they witnessed the killing of Reza Barati at the Manus Island detention centre in February have launched a High Court action to have them placed in...

Labor elder John Faulkner announces retirement

Senator John Faulkner is bowing out of politics.

Michael Gordon Labor Party elder and reform campaigner John Faulkner has announced his will not seek another term in the Senate when the party's New South Wales branch calls for nominations on Friday.