Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is the political editor of The Age.

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...

Great double act that almost wasn't

Paul Keating and Bob Hawke.

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 him as Labor's economic spokesman prompting the...

Leadership lessons for all from Rudd's teary farewell

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon Tony Abbott was hosting a private dinner in his Parliament House office on Wednesday when he discovered that Kevin Rudd was in the process of announcing his departure from politics.

Figures show PNG solution's impact on asylum seeker numbers

Is the PNG solution working? (Thumbnail)

David Wroe and Michael Gordon The bulk of the dramatic fall in asylum seeker boat arrivals happened under Labor's last-ditch Papua New Guinea deal announced before the election campaign, a Fairfax Media analysis shows.

Bulk of drop in boat arrivals was under Labor

PNG

David Wroe, Michael Gordon The bulk of the dramatic fall in asylum-seeker boat arrivals happened under Labor's last-ditch Papua New Guinea deal announced before the election campaign, a Fairfax Media analysis shows.

Motion passed to force Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to report asylum-seeker incidents at sea

David Wroe, Michael Gordon Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has refused to tell Parliament whether any asylum-seeker boats have been turned back to Indonesia - a Coalition election policy - prompting ridicule from Labor.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison stays silent on asylum boats

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison.

David Wroe and Michael Gordon Scott Morrison refuses to tell Parliament whether any asylum-seeker boats have been turned back to Indonesia, prompting ridicule from Labor.

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The Labor messiah who could not save himself

Kevin Rudd

Michael Gordon, Tony Wright Once the most popular PM in history, Kevin Rudd remained fundamentally unknowable.

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Nova Peris makes emotional maiden speech in Parliament

Senator Nova Peris delivers her maiden speech in the Senate.

Michael Gordon, Dan Harrison She is one of Australia's most decorated indigenous athletes, yet Nova Peris says she would give up the medals and accolades ''in a heartbeat'' to see Aboriginal Australians free, healthy and...

Nova Peris makes an emotional maiden speech in the Senate

Michael Gordon, Dan Harrison She is one of the Australia's most decorated indigenous athletes, yet Nova Peris says she would give up the medals and accolades ''in a heartbeat'' to see Aboriginal Australians free, healthy and...

End of a Labor tragedy

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon Kevin Rudd's tearful farewell ends a Labor tragedy of Shakespearean proportions and the political career of one of that party's most brilliant yet flawed leaders.

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Nova Peris pays homage to family in passionate maiden speech

Senator Nova Peris delivers her maiden speech in the Senate at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday.

Michael Gordon, Dan Harrison As she takes her place in Parliament, Nova Peris says she would give up the medals and accolades "in a heartbeat" to see Aboriginal Australians free, healthy and participating fully in their country.

New Speaker Bronwyn Bishop stumbles at first hurdle

Bishop

Michael Gordon Bronwyn Bishop has failed the first test of her speakership and this parliament is in danger of being just as rancorous as the last one.

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Indonesia considers people-swap

Boats

David Wroe, Michael Gordon A senior Indonesian official has directly contradicted the Abbott government by insisting that a people swap-style deal is on the table as a way of breaking the impasse over asylum-seeker boats.

Indonesia contradicts Abbott on boat deal

Illegal arrivals being off loaded from the Oceanic Protector after it was involved in a stand off with the Indonesian government. Eventually the boat was brought to Christmas Island. Image supplied November 10th 2013.

David Wroe, Michael Gordon A senior Indonesian official has directly contradicted the Abbott government by insisting that a deal to swap refugees is on the table as a way of breaking the impasse over asylum-seeker boats.

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