Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is the political editor of The Age.

Minister threatens sanctions over absenteeism in remote schools

Michael Gordon Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion has vowed to impose sanctions on parents in remote indigenous communities whose children are not attending school.

No excuses as the young hardest hit

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Michael Gordon Bad news in latest jobless statistics is not that it's the biggest monthly figure since the global financial crisis.

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Tony Abbott makes a welcome 'leader's call' by dumping proposed changes to race hate laws

Prime Minster, Tony Abbott

Michael Gordon Unlike Abbott's other notable "leader's calls" – committing to his overly-generous parental leave scheme and reintroducing knights and dames – his decision to dump plans to repeal race hate laws one...

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Former Greens leader Bob Brown 'happier than ever' following retirement

Bob Brown's book launch at Villa Alba Museum in Kew. 4 August 2014.
The Age NEWS. Photo:Eddie Jim.

Michael Gordon Bob Brown confessed to a single regret at the launch of Optimism, his book of reflections in Melbourne on Monday.

Bob Brown's 'Optimism' tells stories with hope for changing humanity's course

Bob Brown

Michael Gordon Bob Brown confessed to a single regret at the launch of Optimism, his book of reflections in Melbourne on Monday.

Asylum seekers showing signs of trauma, torture, says senator

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Michael Gordon, Sarah Whyte About four out of five of the 157 asylum seekers being held at a remote detention centre in WA are showing signs of trauma and torture, Greens Senator claims.

False imprisonment claims heard in High Court over 157 Tamils held on boat for a month

A group of asylum seekers get on board an airplane at Cocos Island on Sunday, July 27, en route to Curtin detention centre in Western Australia.

Michael Gordon A High Court challenge to the Abbott government's powers over asylum seekers it takes into custody on the high seas has been widened to include a claim for damages for false imprisonment.

Prioritise free trade and amend Fair Work: Business Council urges reforms to improve competitiveness

Telstra chair Catherine Livingstone.

Michael Gordon Australia faces a bleak future of higher unemployment and lower living standards without an urgent and fundamental "mindset change" by governments, business and individuals, according to a landmark...

Costly, cruel, futile: the price of Scott Morrison holding 157 asylum seekers on floating prison

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Michael Gordon Let's, for a moment, put to one side the ordeal that the Abbott government inflicted on 157 asylum seekers whose boat was intercepted off Christmas Island, just outside Australia's migration zone...

Voters fear budget will hit the poor, survey shows

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Michael Gordon The big surprise in the most detailed qualitative study on post-budget sentiment is that the voters' hostility is largely driven by concerns it will promote a less equal and less caring society.

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Tony Abbott's next diplomatic challenge over MH17

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Michael Gordon Having been firmer and sterner than all other leaders in his initial response to the MH17 catastrophe, Tony Abbott is now cautioning against 'facile optimism' in the difficult days ahead.

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Separate rooms, limited sun for asylum seekers

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 15 July 2014. Photo:

Michael Gordon, Jason Koutsoukis Family members among 157 asylum seekers being detained on the high seas in separate rooms on a customs vessel are allowed out for meals and ''approximately three hours'' of daylight a day, according...

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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

Morrison

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,...