Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is the political editor of The Age.

Tony Abbott's attention may be a little divided during his week in Arnhem Land

Michael Gordon Even before Tony Abbott announced that about 600 air and military personnel would prepare to join the fight against "the death cult that exalts in evil", this was going to be a week like no other for...

Morrison says High Court loss won't affect mandatory detention of refugees

Scott Morrison

Michael Gordon and Conrad Walters Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has rejected claims that his latest High Court defeat could have implications for thousands of asylum seekers in immigration detention.

Medicos should consider boycott of offshore detention centres: doctors

'We call on the colleges and the AMA to lobby for effective change.'

Sarah Whyte and Michael Gordon Health professionals should consider a boycott of offshore immigration detention centres to force aimed at forcing an end to "substandard and harmful" treatment of asylum seekers, according to two...

Dignified in the dock, Julia Gillard checks attack on invoices

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Michael Gordon For a brief few minutes on Wednesday, Jeremy Stoljar SC seemed to sense a crack in the wall Julia Gillard had patiently constructed to defend her conduct as a young lawyer with a flawed boyfriend...

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Manus whistleblower claims he warned Salvation Army of employees wanting to fight

Riots erupted at the Manus Island detention centre on February 17.

Michael Gordon The Salvation Army was warned that two of its employees at the Manus Island detention centre wanted to take part in a fight with detainees before scores of asylum seekers were injured in a night of...

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Peta Credlin emails to Liberal Party donor reveals 'cash for questions' link

Peta Credlin, chief of staff to Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Kate McClymont, Michaela Whitbourn, Michael Gordon Labor has accused the federal government of taking ‘‘cash for questions’’ after it was revealed that Tony Abbott’s chief of staff, Peta Credlin, planned to use...

Peta Credlin: A mystery that went nowhere

Michael Gordon Mark Dreyfus dubbed it "cash for questions" and spoke of "remarkable allegations that go to the highest levels of the Abbott government".

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New UN human rights chief attacks Australia over asylum seeker rights 'violations'

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Michael Gordon Australia has been accused of a "chain of human rights violations" in its treatment of asylum seekers by the incoming United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.

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Secret isolation unit used for 'misbehaving' asylum seekers on Manus Island

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Michael Gordon The most notorious compound at the Manus Island detention centre does not appear on the official map. The four main compounds, Delta, Foxtrot, Mike and Oscar, are all clearly marked. But not this one.

Inquiry sought into brain death of asylum seeker

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Sarah Whyte and Michael Gordon The former director of mental health services at Manus Island has called for an independent investigation into the brain death of an asylum seeker who remains on life support in Brisbane.

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Tony Abbott bullish as mining tax demise gives Coalition a much-needed boost

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Michael Gordon Tony Abbott has been able to tick off a key pre-election promise, just in time to buoy his backbench on the eve of the government's first anniversary of taking power.

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Palmer demanding concessions over TPVs

Sarah Whyte and Michael Gordon Clive Palmer has signalled he will support restoring temporary protection visas only if the Abbott government removes asylum seeker children from Christmas Island and Nauru.

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Frustration grows among asylum seekers as PNG yet to offer resettlement

Asylum seekers despair at the Papua New Guinea government's failure to decide on a resettlement policy.

Michael Gordon and Sarah Whyte More than three months after Tony Abbott said asylum seekers would begin to be resettled in Papua New Guinea, the PNG government is still to decide on a resettlement policy.

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Ex-prime minister Paul Keating lifts the lid on Labor's 'fireworks'

Michael Gordon Bob Hawke wasn't the only target when Paul Keating decided to pay Gareth Evans – "the greatest foreign minister the country has ever had" – the honour of launching his 30-year-old cabinet...

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Paul Keating gives blistering critique of Bob Hawke

Former prime minister Paul Keating with Gareth Evans at Wednesday's book launch in Canberra.

Michael Gordon Paul Keating has launched a withering attack on Bob Hawke, Labor’s longest-serving prime minister, asserting that he assumed the role of leading the government for five years of Mr...

Scott Morrison's message: there must be no compromise on the boats

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Michael Gordon In Scott Morrison's world, there are just two, diametrically-opposed approaches to border protection: his way that has stopped the boats, or an open slather policy that invites social dislocation and...

Immigration minister Morrison defends lifesaving sovereign border creed

Michael Gordon In Scott Morrison's world, there are just two, diametrically opposed, approaches to border protection: his way that has stopped the boats, or an open slather policy that invites social dislocation...

UN agency in High Court challenge to Abbott government's treatment of asylum seekers

George Newhouse: case will test the government's powers

Michael Gordon The United Nations refugee agency will seek to appear in a High Court challenge to the Abbott government's power to intercept boats on the highs seas, hold asylum seekers indefinitely on customs...

Asylum staff hit by mental health crisis

Youth mental health.

Michael Gordon, Sarah Whyte Mental health crisis inside detention centre on Christmas Island is now taking its toll on those who guard the asylum seekers.

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Freeing asylum seeker children from detention part of Scott Morrison's strategy to reintroduce temporary protection visas

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Michael Gordon On the eve of a meeting with Clive Palmer, Scott Morrison has belatedly pledged to get young children out of mainland detention centres and into the community on bridging visas by year's end.