Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is the political editor of The Age.

Abbott government documents show 157 asylum seekers detained on high seas allowed three hours of natural light a day

Michael Gordon Family members among 157 asylum seekers being held on the high seas are being held in separate rooms on a customs vessel but are allowed out for meals, according to documents lodged with the High...

Scott Morrison backflips and grants visa to boy who arrived by boat

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison

Michael Gordon Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has granted a permanent visa to a refugee who arrived by boat, despite fighting the boy's case in the High Court and signalling he would not be swayed when the...

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Manus witnesses 'threatened'

Michael Gordon Two asylum seekers in detention on Manus Island say they were forced to retract their eyewitness accounts of violence at the centre in February after being beaten and threatened by Australian...

'It has saved my life' - victorious teenager wins permanent visa

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Michael Gordon Scott Morrison has granted a refugee who arrived by boat a permanent visa, despite fighting the boy's case in the High Court and signalling he would not be swayed when the court found against him.

Reza Barati room-mate alleges Manus staff used torture to make detainees withdraw claims

Photo of killed asylum seeker Reza Barati that was displayed at the memorial service, held at the Al-Mahdi mosque in the Nabard neighbourhood in South East Tehran, Iran. 27th Feburary, 2014. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Michael Gordon Two asylum seekers in detention on Manus Island say they were forced to retract their eyewitness accounts of violence at the centre in February after being beaten and threatened by Australian...

Voters believe Abbott can make things happen

Michael Gordon The voters' ranking of Tony Abbott on the last of 11 leadership attributes is the one that offers the Coalition most comfort as he faces awesome challenges on multiple fronts.

Tony Abbott must regain voters' trust, Bill Shorten needs strength

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Michael Gordon The voters' ranking of Tony Abbott on the last of 11 leadership attributes is the one that offers the Coalition most comfort as he faces awesome challenges on multiple political and social fronts.

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Asylum seekers in limbo on high seas

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison.

Michael Gordon More than 150 asylum seekers whose boat was intercepted near Christmas Island more than two weeks ago are being held behind locked doors on a customs ship in rooms without windows on the high seas,...

High-seas prison for 150 Tamils

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison during a Cabinet meeting at Parliament House in Canberra on 1 July 2014.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Michael Gordon More than 150 asylum seekers are being held behind locked doors on a customs ship, in rooms without windows and with no idea where they are or where the Abbott government plans to take them.

Asylum seekers held behind locked doors at sea, denied proper legal help: claim

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison.

Michael Gordon More than 150 asylum seekers whose boat was intercepted near Christmas Island more than two weeks ago are being held behind locked doors on a customs ship in rooms without windows on the high seas,...

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Australia may have breached key element of refugee convention in return of Sri Lankans intercepted at sea: UNHCR

The United Nations refugee agency has expressed convern about the fat eof returned Sri Lankans intercepted at sea.

Michael Gordon The United Nations refugee agency has expressed alarm that Australia may have breached a cornerstone of the refugee convention by returning a group of asylum seekers to Sri Lanka after intercepting...

Indigenous recognition may not succeed before next election

Michael Gordon Hopes of indigenous recognition in the constitution before the next election are fading.

Medical advice ignored in case of asylum seeker who attempted to take her own life

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Sarah Whyte, Michael Gordon A woman who is in hospital on Christmas Island after attempting suicide was returned to the offshore detention centre against the advice of mental-health professionals after being transferred for...

Treatment of Sri Lankans act of piracy, says Malcolm Fraser

Malcolm Fraser

Deborah Snow and Michael Gordon Former Liberal PM characterises Australia's interdiction and detention of more than 150 Sri Lankan asylum seekers at sea as 'piracy on the high seas'.

Asylum seekers in limbo on high seas

High Court

Michael Gordon, Ben Doherty and Sarah Whyte More than 150 asylum seekers, including about 40 children, face living in limbo on the high seas in an Australian customs vessel for weeks, while their fate is decided in the High Court.

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High Court considers case of asylum seekers being returned to Sri Lanka

Ron Merkel QC

Michael Gordon, Ben Doherty More than 150 asylum seekers, including around 40 children, face being in limbo on the high seas for weeks in an Australian customs vessel while their fate is decided in the High Court.

Legal cloud on asylum transfer

Scott Morrison

Michael Gordon, Jacob Saulwick The High Court has issued an interim injunction preventing the transfer to Sri Lanka of 153 asylum seekers who are missing on a boat bound for Australia.

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There's no turning back on boats for Morrison

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Michael Gordon Scott Morrison is now a victim of his own triumphalism.

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Father pleads with Scott Morrison to reveal fate of his three-year-old daughter on missing boat

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Michael Gordon, Ben Doherty and Fergus Hunter The father of a three-year-old Sri Lankan girl on a missing boat of asylum seekers has pleaded to Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to reveal the fate of the 153 who were on board.

Scott Morrison looks' national interest' test to circumvent High Court ruling on permanent protection visas

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Michael Gordon A bold move by the federal government to circumvent a decision of the High Court and the will of the Senate appears certain to trigger another High Court challenge.