Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is the political editor of The Age.

Twitter reaction highlights the case for a new conversation on Islam

Michael Gordon  If Monique Toohey needed proof of the point she was making when she met a group of Labor MPs on Wednesday, it came within seconds of Tanya Plibersek tweeting a picture of the encounter.

Nauru 'safer than Australia', local justice minister claims

Nauru's justice minister David Adeang.

Michael Gordon Nauru's justice minister has dismissed concerns about the safety of asylum seekers who now are free to come and go at will from the island's detention centre, saying his country is "in some ways...

Good news for Nauru asylum seekers masks grim reality

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Michael Gordon Two welcome developments do not change the grim reality for hundreds of people who sought refuge in Australia but are being warehoused indefinitely on the poor, tiny and sweltering island of Nauru.

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Malcolm Turnbull's conundrum: stop the brutalising but don't start the boats

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Michael Gordon Malcolm Turnbull is confronting two ugly realities as he responds to his own instinct and the pressure of others to end the suffering of asylum seekers in limbo on Manus Island and Nauru.

Malcolm Turnbull urged to fix 'weeping sore' of Manus, Nauru asylum seeker detention

Malcolm Turnbull

Michael Gordon Malcolm Turnbull is under pressure from key figures within the Coalition and crossbench senators to heal the "weeping sore" of Australia's treatment of asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru.

Malcolm Turnbull to back Tony Abbott's push on Indigenous school attendance

Michael Gordon The country's first prime minister for Indigenous affairs is gone, but one of the programs he championed is set to continue for another three years.

Malcolm Turnbull's radical recast leaves an angry rump on the outer

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Michael Gordon The biggest punt in Malcolm Turnbull's sweeping transformation of the ministry concerns the elevation that everyone predicted, whether or not Tony Abbott stayed as prime minister: that of Scott...

Witness to Manus Island death 'too scared' to testify

Iranian asylum seeker Reza Barati who died on Manus Island.

Michael Gordon  An eyewitness to the death of Iranian asylum seeker Reza Barati on Manus Island last year will not be giving evidence when the trial of two locals begins on Monday because he says he fears for...

Could a cabinet leak threaten Malcolm Turnbull's honeymoon hopes?

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Michael Gordon The first act of treachery against this country's fifth prime minister in as many years may be a record, but it is hardly a surprise.

Bill Shorten's reaction to Malcolm Turnbull suggests Labor is in denial

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten on Monday.

Michael Gordon If Bill Shorten actually believes what he is saying, he is in grave danger of underestimating Malcolm Turnbull and succumbing to the kind of hubris that helped bring down Tony Abbott.

Liberal leadership: Can Malcolm Turnbull end the era of the disposable Prime Minister?

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Michael Gordon Australia has a new prime minister and, for the third time in succession, a relatively young leader has been cut down prematurely by his or her colleagues, having won power at a general election.

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Liberal leadership: Malcolm Turnbull's best card for his enemies is self-interest

Malcolm Turnbull announces a leadership challenge on Monday.

Michael Gordon  Malcolm Turnbull's most potent argument to his colleagues is not about Tony Abbott, or himself, or even Bill Shorten, the man he says could become prime minister by default.

Pacific island leaders agree to disagree on climate change

Tony Abbott, pictured with other leaders at the forum.

Michael Gordon Pacific leaders have failed to come to a common position on climate change after nine hours of heated talks at the Pacific Island Forum.

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'I've got a very good story to tell': Tony Abbott confident of placating island leaders on climate change

Prime Minister Tony Abbott after the leaders 'family photo'  for the Pacific Islands Forum in Port Moresby PNG on Thursday 10 September 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Michael Gordon Tony Abbott has entered a retreat with leaders from Pacific island nations confident he can reassure those who say their survival is threatened without a stronger commitment to reduce carbon...

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'World of difference' between Syrians to be resettled in Australia and those on Manus Island and Nauru: Tony Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott met with PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill in Port Moresby Papua New Guinea before attending the Pacific Islands Forum on Thursday.

Michael Gordon Tony Abbott has declared there is a "world of difference" between those refugees from Syria and Iraq who will now be resettled in Australia and those from the same countries and have been languishing...

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Refugee crisis: At last, Tony Abbott delivers actions that match the words

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Michael Gordon Tony Abbott has read the national mood and delivered a credible response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis that extends from the borders of Syria to the countries of Europe.

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PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill asks for patience on the resettling of Manus refugees

Peter O'Neill.

Michael Gordon Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has demanded that people "be a little bit patient" with his country's failure to resettle refugees who were detained on Manus Island, predicting that...

'We cannot be bought on climate change,' Pacific island leader warns Tony Abbott


Michael Gordon Several small island states are likely to walk out on the Pacific Islands Forum if Australia and New Zealand force them to compromise on a declaration demanding an ambitious target to combat...

Migrant crisis: Time for Tony Abbott to match words with action on refugees

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Michael Gordon Tony Abbott's challenge in the next 48 hours is to match his powerful rhetoric on the world's biggest refugee crisis since World War II with a credible plan of action.

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Pacific leaders to confront Abbott on emissions targets

Kiribati, in the south Pacific, will be among the first nations to disappear as a result of climate change.

Michael Gordon Tony Abbott faces a cool reception when he flies to Port Moresby this week from Pacific Island leaders who say global inaction on climate change threatens their existence.

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