Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is the political editor of The Age.

Outstations message: Closing remote communities will 'finish Broome'

Michael Gordon in Broome Roy Wiggan has a blunt message for those contemplating the withdrawal of services to scores of Aboriginal outstations in remote Western Australia.

Patrick Dodson's heartfelt plea to Tony Abbott: Change course on indigenous policy before it's too late

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Michael Gordon 'Father of reconciliation' Patrick Dodson says Australia's relationship with Aboriginals is at the crossroads.

'Let's get together on Indigenous policy', Shorten to Abbott

Michael Gordon Bill Shorten has urged Tony Abbott to convene a meeting with Indigenous leaders to inject momentum into the push for Constitution recognition and consider new approaches to closing the gap in...

'I'm sorry I voted for him': Outstation residents angry at Tony Abbott over 'lifestyle choices' comments

Keith and Lillian Lawford in front of their home on Budgarjuk outstation on the Dampier Peninsula.

Michael Gordon "He's got a cheek, that Tony Abbott!" says Lillian Lawford, standing in front of the steel-framed house she shares with husband Keith in a tiny community called Red Soil deep in the Dampier Peninsula.

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Tony Abbott's choice of words on Indigenous communities clumsy, insensitive, destructive

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Michael Gordon Where the Prime Minister is dangerously wrong is to reduce a complex question to a glib sound bite.

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Nigel Scullion proclaims 'new relationship' with Indigenous Australians

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion.

Dan Harrison, Michael Gordon The Abbott government has proclaimed "a new relationship of engagement" with Indigenous Australia.

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Rosie Batty to back summit call on violence against women

Australian of the Year Rosie Batty with Tim Watts, Ken Wyatt and Andrew Broad, who established Parliamentarians Against Family Violence.

Michael Gordon Australian of the Year Rosie Batty is poised to back a call by Labor leader Bill Shorten for a national crisis summit on violence against women to be convened as a matter of urgency.

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Ian Macdonald continues his attack on Gillian Triggs

Michael Gordon, Sarah Whyte A senior government senator has continued to attack Gillian Trigg's over the Human Rights Commission's report on children in immigration detention despite admitting he had not read the report.

Poll to firm resolve of MPs wanting to give Abbott more time

Michael Gordon Coalition MPs inclined to give Tony Abbott more time to recover now have a strong argument to back their instincts and resist any move to topple him this week.

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Labor refers offer to find another job for Gillian Triggs to federal police

George Brandis and Gillian Triggs during a Senate estimates hearing on Tuesday.

Michael Gordon, Sarah Whyte The Abbott government has been accused of breaching the criminal code by offering Gillian Triggs an incentive to resign as president of the Human Rights Commission.

Overblown attack on Gillian Triggs leaves messy egg on Attorney-General George Brandis's face

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Michael Gordon The understatement came from Senator George Brandis after hours of a heated, vitriolic and at times tawdy inquisition. "I can't unscramble the egg," the Attorney-General conceded.

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Defiant Gillian Triggs resists pressure from Abbott government to resign

Gillian Triggs President of the Human Rights Commission appeared before a Senate Committee in Canberra on Tuesday 24 February 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Michael Gordon, Sarah Whyte Allegations that the Abbott government breached the criminal code by offering Gillian Triggs an incentive to resign as president the Australian Human Rights Commission are likely to be referred to...

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Tony Abbott overplays the national security card

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Michael Gordon When Tony Abbott rises in Parliament to make his statement on national security next Monday, he should begin by answering the grave questions raised in his provocative weekend video.

Revealed: Abbott government tried to remove Gillian Triggs as head of the Australian Human Rights Commission

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 12:  The President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs, presents the report on the National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention 2014 on February 12, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Fairfax Media)

Michael Gordon The Abbott government sought the resignation of the president of the Australian Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs two weeks before it launched an extraordinary attack on the commission over its...

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Children in detention: Tony Abbott takes aim at the messenger

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Michael Gordon The first response of the Abbott government to the most comprehensive inquiry conducted into children in immigration detention was to bury it by delaying its release until late on the last possible...

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Hundreds of children abused in detention: report

A new report says there have been more than 200 recorded cases of assault against children in detention.

Sarah Whyte, Michael Gordon Hundreds of cases of assault against children and more than 30 incidences of child sexual assault have occurred in Australian-run immigration detention centres, a new report has found.

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Coalition MPs stage walkout after Bill Shorten raises budget in Closing the Gap speech

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Michael Gordon and Dan Harrison Bipartisan consensus on Indigenous policy ruptured on Wednesday when several Coalition MPs walked out on a speech by Labor leader Bill Shorten calling on the government to reverse $500 million in...

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Abbott vows to change his spots

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Michael Gordon A shaken and chastened Tony Abbott has vowed to transform almost every aspect of the way he governs in a bid to regain the confidence of voters after the majority of his backbench supported a spill...

Tony Abbott is on notice - his demise is inevitable

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Michael Gordon To say Tony Abbott has been placed on notice is an understatement. One more serious misstep will hasten the demise that seems inevitable

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Sentiment should buy Tony Abbott some time

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Michael Gordon Tony Abbott can see his support slipping away and Malcolm Turnbull is preparing to stake his claim.