Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is the political editor of The Age.

Defiant Gillian Triggs resists pressure from Abbott government to resign

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...

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.

Tony Abbott has one advantage as showdown looms

Michael Gordon Tony Abbott enters this leadership crisis in a stronger position than those who would replace him for one simple reason: he has a plan to hold his job and they don't have a plan to snatch it.

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Abbott's popularity plunge puts heat on Coalition MPs

Michael Gordon Tony Abbott's fading hopes of retaining the prime ministership hinge on which of two unpalatable options his colleagues are prepared to gamble on in the coming days, weeks or possibly months.

Sussan Ley's medicine to avoid a month of 'carnage'

Michael Gordon One day after Tony Abbott interrupted his holiday to defend his government's revamped Medicare rebate, his new health minister has terminated hers to dump it altogether.

Don't shoot the messenger, Gillian Triggs tells critics

Human Rights Commission President Professor Gillian Triggs

Michael Gordon The head of Australia's human rights watchdog has vowed to continue to investigate complaints against the government without fear or favour after Tony Abbott branded a recent decision "pretty...

Hunger strike by asylum seekers at Manus Island detention centre escalates protest

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Sarah Whyte, Michael Gordon Tensions on Manus are rising as refugees stage a hunger strike, and are chanting that they are not safe in or out of the centre.

Even in absentia, Tony Abbott a factor in Queensland poll

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Michael Gordon One certainty is that Tony Abbott will be as inconspicuous in the Queensland state campaign as he was in Victoria, writes Michael Gordon.

Royal commissioner who pursued Julia Gillard can't answer the biggest question

As Julia Gillard discovered, Australia seems not to be ready for women leaders.

Michael Gordon Beyond the question of just what has been achieved by using a royal commission to pursue Julia Gillard is one that will not be answered for a decade or two.

Perspective: 1.5b Muslims, one madman

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Michael Gordon The starting point for any reflection on the tragedy that unfolded in the heart of Sydney is perspective - that this was a terrible crime committed by a sick individual, acting alone.

Tony Abbott vows to 'sweat blood' for Indigenous referendum

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Michael Gordon Tony Abbott wants a referendum to be held in May 2017 to recognise Indigenous Australians in the constitution, but won't commit to a date until he is confident it will succeed.

Government still in denial on Manus

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Michael Gordon The most troubling aspect of the Senate report into the violence that engulfed the Manus Island detention centre in February is not the finding that the government failed to protect asylum seekers...

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Australia could supply uranium, coal to Ukraine

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David Wroe, Michael Gordon Australia could supply uranium and coal to Ukraine in a move that would lessen the eastern European nation's dependence on gas from its neighbour and adversary Russia.