Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is the political editor of The Age.

Old political foes Bob Hawke and John Howard find common ground on today's politics

Michael Gordon Former PM delivers guarded rebuke to Tony Abbott, saying today's politicians rely too heavily on slogans and declaring Australians will support change and reform so long as they are satisfied that it...

John Howard rebukes Tony Abbott over fairness

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Michael Gordon Former prime minister John Howard has delivered a guarded rebuke to Tony Abbott, saying today's politicians rely too heavily on slogans and declaring Australians will support change and reform so...

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Tony Abbott defends funding of royal commission into sexual abuse, denying it will be short-changed

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Michael Gordon, Rachel Browne Tony Abbott has predicted that the inquiry into institutional responses to child sexual abuse will be "best-funded royal commission in Australia history" after conceding that the inquiry had...

Manus Island tensions reached flashpoint at pre-riot meeting

A still from video footage of a meeting on Manus Island that descended into combative chaos between asylum seekers and security officials.

David Wroe and Michael Gordon Asylum seekers, already angry about the uncertainty they faced, were repeatedly told they would remain in Manus Island's overcrowded detention centre indefinitely at an incendiary pre-riot meeting,...

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Anti-budget sentiment remains strong: poll

Michael Gordon Voters are maintaining their rage over the federal budget, with a big majority branding it unfair and believing it will increase cost-of-living pressures and make it harder for the young to find jobs.

Further dip in support for government, budget poll finds

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Michael Gordon Voters are maintaining their rage over the federal budget, a big majority branding it unfair and believing it will increase cost-of-living pressures and make it harder for the young to find jobs.

George Brandis reveals funds for child abuse royal commission were diverted to home insulation inquiry

Attorney-General Senator George Brandis addressed a press conference in Canberra on Tuesday 25 March 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Michael Gordon The federal government met a third of the cost of its royal commission on the former government's home insulation scheme by redirecting funds from the royal commission on institutional responses to...

Child sexual abuse inquiry funding shifted to insulation scheme probe

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Michael Gordon The Abbott government redirected funds from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to meet a third of the cost of its royal commission into the former government's...

Video shows tense meeting before Manus Island riot

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David Wroe, Michael Gordon Asylum seekers already angry about the uncertainty they faced were repeatedly told they would remain in Manus Island's overcrowded detention centre indefinitely at an incendiary pre-riot meeting,...

Manus Island: inadequate report on tragedy

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Michael Gordon Robert Cornall's report on the violence on Manus Island tiptoes around the main failures of the Abbott government and avoids a conclusion on whether the policy of indefinite detention in such a...

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Gillard sounds the alarm on social justice

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Michael Gordon Julia Gillard has delivered a rallying call to the community and charity sector to take up the fight of social justice and inclusion.

Scott Morrison admits Manus has no full-time psychiatrist, says mental health services are being provided

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Sarah Whyte and Michael Gordon Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed there is still no full-time psychiatrist on Manus Island, despite alarming figures showing about half of asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea and Nauru...

Mental health warning on asylum centre detainess, clinical report shows

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Michael Gordon About half the asylum seekers in detention on Manus Island and Nauru are suffering from significant depression, stress or anxiety, according to clinical assessments.

Manus Island asylum seekers in mental health crisis

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Michael Gordon About half the asylum seekers in detention on Manus Island and Nauru are suffering from significant depression, stress or anxiety, according to clinical assessments.

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Refugees released into Nauru community on temporary visas, but will be refused settlement in Australia

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Michael Gordon, Lisa Cox More than 20 months after the Nauru processing centre was re-opened, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that the first asylum seekers have been released into the local community after...

Nauru proposes buddy system for refugees as Cambodia confirms resettlement deal

Asylum seekers on their first day in the compound at Nauru.

Michael Gordon Residents of Nauru have been invited to become part of a ''buddy system'' to help asylum seekers - whose refugee claims are accepted - adapt to life out of detention.

Greens seek to scuttle Cambodia resettlement plan

Michael Gordon The Greens will attempt to force a vote in the Senate on plans to resettle in Cambodia refugees whose claims for protection are recognised on Nauru - and is challenging Labor to block any deal.

Greens will try to force Senate vote on plans to settle refugees in Cambodia

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young comments on the asylum seeker issue, during a doorstop interview at Parliament House, in Canberra on Tuesday 17 July 2012.
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Michael Gordon The Greens will attempt to force a vote in the Senate on plans to resettle in Cambodia refugees whose claims for protection are recognised on Nauru and is challenging Labor to block any deal.

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John Howard 'took a big hit in the polls too' after first budget? Er, no Mr Abbott

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Michael Gordon Tony Abbott has stumbled in his attempts to sell his budget, asserting wrongly that the Howard government "took a big hit in the polls too" after delivering its first budget in 1996.

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Pain-sharing promise to haunt PM

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Michael Gordon The broken promise that has inflicted massive and potentially irreparable damage on Tony Abbott was made after the Coalition trounced Labor at last year's election, not before.

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