Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is the political editor of The Age.

Time for Tony Abbott to sweat some blood on Indigenous recognition

Michael Gordon Before Noel Pearson's latest intervention, the push to recognise Indigenous Australians in the nation's constitution was running behind schedule and in danger of running out of puff.

Noel Pearson calls for a national competition to recognise Indigenous Australians

Noel Pearson

Michael Gordon Australians would be given the chance to draft a declaration recognising the place of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders in the nation's history and culture and promoting reconciliation under a...

Sour voters brace for budget verdict

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Michael Gordon If Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey need a reminder of the scale of the task they are facing in next month's budget, it is there in this month's Fairfax Ipsos National Poll.

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Alcohol a bigger problem than ice, says Jeff Kennett

Jeff Kennett

Michael Gordon Former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett has questioned what Tony Abbott's ice taskforce will achieve and appealed for "courageous" leadership on the bigger problem of alcohol.

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Perpetrators 'have easy access' to victims on Nauru: letter

The Nauru detention centre.

Michael Gordon and Fergus Hunter Several perpetrators of sexual assaults on asylum seekers within the Nauru detention centre continue to have "easy access" to those they abused, according to a group of current and former workers at...

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Richard Marles bumped from Manus visit after Labor backs Senate inquiry

Labor's immigration spokesman Richard Marles.

Michael Gordon Labor's immigration spokesman Richard Marles has been bumped off a VIP jet visit to the Manus Island detention centre after Labor supported a new inquiry into the detention centre operating on Nauru.

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How Mike Baird has helped keep Tony Abbott afloat

Indebted to Premier Mike Baird: Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Michael Gordon The next time Tony Abbott is having a surf with his mate Mike Baird, he should acknowledge his debt to Manly's quiet achiever by calling Baird into the best of the waves.

Landmark report sparks warning over Australia's addiction to 'mind-eating' ice

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan.

Michael Gordon A landmark report on the scale of Australia's ice epidemic has prompted federal justice minister, Michael Keenan, to warn that "our nation's addiction to this mind-eating, personality-distorting,...

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New Senate inquiry to probe sexual abuse in Nauru detention centre

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Michael Gordon The Senate is set to launch an inquiry into abuse of women and children inside the Nauru detention centre after an independent report detailed allegations of rape, sexual assaults and intimidation.

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Tony Abbott's unique despair

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Michael Gordon Coalition MPs nervous about the next federal election will find a few salutary lessons in the past.

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Someone owes someone an apology

Michael Gordon The Moss report is a scathing indictment of the level of care afforded to vulnerable and damaged people who sought protection from Australia after fleeing persecution.

'Malcolm in the middle': a man big on heart and human rights

Malcolm Fraser cries after losing the 1983 election.

Michael Gordon It was Petro Georgiou who offered the most incisive tribute to Malcolm Fraser, one of the towering figures of Australian politics, the man who came to power as the divisive figure of the right and...

A conversation with Malcolm Fraser and Gough Whitlam about the Dismissal

Malcolm Fraser and Gough Whitlam catching up during a book tour by Mr Fraser in 2010.

Michael Gordon Thirty years on, Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser agreed on just about everything but the Dismissal. Michael Gordon reminisced with both of them in this 2005 interview.

Government's plan to lower protection threshold likely to be stymied in Senate

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young says the change

Michael Gordon The Abbott government's plan to reduce the threshold for assessing whether people face harm if they are returned to their countries of origin faces certain defeat in the Senate.

Outstations message: Closing remote communities will 'finish Broome'

Roy Wiggan (centre) and family in their home at Kennedy Hill.

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

Patrick Dodson

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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