Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is the political editor of The Age.

Abbott in denial over broken promises

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Michael Gordon Phase one of Tony Abbott's strategy to sell the budget is to deny, point blank, that it is based on the deceit of broken promises made before last year's election.

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Community groups reject Brandis race hate reform

Heath Aston and Michael Gordon An overwhelming majority of ethnic and community groups oppose the Abbott government's proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act.

Drop race hate law change, says Warren Mundine

Warren Mundine

Michael Gordon The head of the Prime Minister's Indigenous Advisory Council has warned that the debate over race hate laws could derail the push for constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians.

PNG may impose quota on refugees from Manus Island

Michael Gordon Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s insistence that Papua New Guinea has agreed to resettle all Manus Island-based asylum seekers found to be refugees has been undermined for the second time...

Senate to quash moves to axe security laws scrutiny

George Brandis

Michael Gordon Plans to abolish scrutiny of national security legislation by an independent monitor face defeat in the Senate.

Greens respond to audit commission with own spending cuts

Money.

Michael Gordon The Greens have targeted the big banks, big miners and big polluters in a reponse to the National Commission of Audit that they say would raise almost $80 billion without hurting ordinary Australians.

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Ex-Manus Island workers report beatings, rapes of asylum seekers

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Sarah Whyte, Michael Gordon Disturbing allegations of regular beatings, racist slurs and unwanted sexual advances by G4S guards on Manus Island have been made by a former Salvation Army worker.

Noel Pearson warns RDA changes will embolden bigots

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Michael Gordon Planned changes to race hate laws will embolden bigots, disempower the vulnerable and set back the cause of reconciliation and closing the gap, the indigenous leader most admired by Prime Minister...

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NSW Labor MPs angry at the way John Faulkner senate vacancy is being filled by head office

To be replaced: Senator John Faulkner.

Michael Gordon and Anna Patty Labor Party elder and reform campaigner John Faulkner will be replaced under the NSW ALP factions-controlled system of preselections that he has long criticised as undemocratic.

Manus detainees seek witness protection

Reza Barati

Michael Gordon Lawyers acting for asylum seekers who say they witnessed the killing of Reza Barati at the Manus Island detention centre in February have launched a High Court action to have them placed in...

Labor elder John Faulkner announces retirement

Senator John Faulkner is bowing out of politics.

Michael Gordon Labor Party elder and reform campaigner John Faulkner has announced his will not seek another term in the Senate when the party's New South Wales branch calls for nominations on Friday.

Asylum seeker resettlement deals 'not just about safety': UNHCR

AFR. Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison delivers a press conference in relation to a death of an assylum seeker at the Manus Island Detention centre. Photographed at the bligh St Government offices in Sydney on the 23rd of february 2014 Photo Dominic Lorrimer AFR. Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison delivers a press conference in relation to a death of an assylum seeker at the Manus Island Detention centre. Photographed at the bligh St Government offices in Sydney on the 23rd of february 2014 Photo Dominic Lorrimer

Jane Lee, Sarah Whyte and Michael Gordon The United Nations refugee agency has warned resettlement countries are obliged to deliver education and labour rights and “not just safety” to asylum seekers, as the Abbott government prepares to do...

Bill Shorten outlines ALP reforms aimed at boosting party membership

Shorten

Michael Gordon An emboldened Bill Shorten has outlined his ambitious reform agenda aimed at dramatically increasing the Labor Party's membership through the promise of more influence over the party's policies and...

The Manus Island escape plan that went badly wrong

PNG riot

Michael Gordon It was a plan hatched in a hurry, driven by anger, frustration and desperation and doomed to fail almost as soon, and as shambolically, as it was activated.

Reza Barati death: Papua New Guinea nationals attacked asylum seekers on Manus Island

Manus Island

Michael Gordon PNG nationals employed as security guards at the Manus Island detention centre turned violently on the asylum seekers more than 24 hours before Iranian Reza Barati died in a night of shocking...

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Voters move mysteriously as Tony Abbott totters, Bill Shorten benefits

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Michael Gordon Call it counter-intuitive. Tony Abbott enjoys the finest week of his prime ministership and goes backwards, Bill Shorten goes on leave and goes forwards, and disenchanted Coalition voters park their...

Greens benefit from main parties' unpopularity

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Michael Gordon Tony Abbott enjoys the finest week of his prime ministership and goes backwards.

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Labor MP Melissa Parke urges party to soften asylum line after poor election showing

MP Melissa Parke says voters don't know what the Labor Party stands for.

Michael Gordon Prominent Labor MP Melissa Parke has urged the opposition to change its asylum seeker policy, declaring the ALP’s record low vote in the West Australian Senate election highlighted the need for...

Bill Shorten warns Labor of reform pain ahead

Bill Shorten

Michael Gordon Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is warning that painful party reforms are just the start of a campaign to modernise Labor after its support reached a nadir in the West Australian Senate election.

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Report on inquiry into Manus Island death to stay under wraps

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Michael Gordon, Sarah Whyte, Emma Partridge The Abbott government is not planning to release the interim report of its inquiry into the death of one asylum seeker and injuries to more than 60 others on Manus Island in February.

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