Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is the political editor of The Age.

Scott Morrison being 'mean for the hell of it' to asylum seekers: Labor

Jonathan Swan, Mark Kenny, Michael Gordon Immigration Minister Scott Morrison's freezing of permanent protection visas for asylum seekers is “mean for the hell of it”, according to the opposition.

Tony Abbott angry TPV legislation blocked in Senate

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the media during a press conference at Parlaiment House in Canberra on Tuesday 12 November 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Mark Kenny, Michael Gordon The Abbott government is preparing to toughen its already hardline asylum-seeker policies after its attempt to reintroduce temporary protection visas was blocked in the Senate by Labor and the Greens.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott threatens tougher action on asylum seekers after losing parliamentary vote

asylum seekers

Mark Kenny, Michael Gordon The Abbott government is preparing to toughen its already hardline asylum seeker policies after its attempt to reintroduce temporary protection visas was blocked in the Senate by Labor and the Greens.

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Analysis

Cruel, unfair punishment that will not work

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon Scott Morrison is right when he says the Coalition had a mandate to reintroduce temporary protection visas for asylum seekers who come by boat and are found to be refugees.

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Palmer preaches slogans as crowd cheers giant-slayer

Clive Palmer Independent MP for Fairfax and Cathy McGowan Independent MP for Indi wait to make their maiden speech to Parliament.

Michael Gordon Clive Palmer was the headline act, but the biggest crowd came to support the woman who turned out to be his warm-up act, Cathy McGowan, the giant-slayer from north-east Victoria.

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New MPs Clive Palmer and Cathy McGowan voice their dreams

Cathy McGowan and Clive Palmer.

Michael Gordon Clive Palmer was the headline act, but the biggest crowd came to support the woman who turned out to be his warm-up act, Cathy McGowan, the giant-slayer from north-east Victoria.

Paul Keating got 'high as a kite' on symphonies

Paul Keating.

Michael Gordon Paul Keating has confessed to being a ''maddie'' as a political leader, saying the inspiration for many of his biggest projects came from getting as ''high as a kite, mad'' listening to symphonies on...

Paul Keating tells ABC he was 'mad' prime minister

Paul Keating.

Michael Gordon 'Politicians come in three varieties: straight men, fixers and maddies,' declares former PM.

Tony Abbott badly shaken but Labor can't be complacent

Michael Gordon dinkus.

Michael Gordon Some honeymoon. The first post-election Herald-Nielsen Poll is a reality check for Coalition MPs who think the election was an emphatic vote for their people and policies.

Post-election poll sends message to Tony Abbott to earn voters' trust

Tony Abbott.

Michael Gordon Some honeymoon! The first post-election Fairfax/Nielsen Poll is a reality check for Coalition MPs who think the election was an emphatic vote for their people and policies. It wasn't.

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PM, try the telephone, forget the megaphone

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon Pick up the phone, Tony! It's time for some plain speaking to reassure the man you call ''perhaps one of the very best friends that Australia has anywhere in the world'.

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Spying scandal: Tony Abbott must find middle ground

Tony Abbott.

Michael Gordon It's time for Tony Abbott to seize the middle ground and try to defuse the escalating tensions with Indonesia by giving Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono a simple assurance that Australia isn't trying to...

Paul Keating says he feared being dumped by Bob Hawke as economic spokesman

Paul Keating

Michael Gordon The most productive double act in the history of the Labor Party might have been derailed before it even began, with fear that Bob Hawke would dump Paul Keating as Labor's economic spokesman...

Great double act that almost wasn't

Paul Keating and Bob Hawke.

Michael Gordon The most productive double act in the history of the Labor Party might have been derailed before it even began, with fear that Bob Hawke would dump him as Labor's economic spokesman prompting the...

Figures show PNG solution's impact on asylum seeker numbers

Is the PNG solution working? (Thumbnail)

David Wroe and Michael Gordon The bulk of the dramatic fall in asylum seeker boat arrivals happened under Labor's last-ditch Papua New Guinea deal announced before the election campaign, a Fairfax Media analysis shows.

Bulk of drop in boat arrivals was under Labor

PNG

David Wroe, Michael Gordon The bulk of the dramatic fall in asylum-seeker boat arrivals happened under Labor's last-ditch Papua New Guinea deal announced before the election campaign, a Fairfax Media analysis shows.

Leadership lessons for all from Rudd's teary farewell

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon Tony Abbott was hosting a private dinner in his Parliament House office on Wednesday when he discovered that Kevin Rudd was in the process of announcing his departure from politics.

Motion passed to force Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to report asylum-seeker incidents at sea

David Wroe, Michael Gordon Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has refused to tell Parliament whether any asylum-seeker boats have been turned back to Indonesia - a Coalition election policy - prompting ridicule from Labor.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison stays silent on asylum boats

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison.

David Wroe and Michael Gordon Scott Morrison refuses to tell Parliament whether any asylum-seeker boats have been turned back to Indonesia, prompting ridicule from Labor.

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The Labor messiah who could not save himself

Kevin Rudd

Michael Gordon, Tony Wright Once the most popular PM in history, Kevin Rudd remained fundamentally unknowable.

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