Michelle Grattan

Michelle Grattan

Michelle Grattan is the political editor of The Age. In 2008, she shared the Melbourne Press Club Lifetime Achievement Award with Laurie Oakes. She edited the books 'Reconciliation' and 'Australian Prime Ministers' (2000), and wrote 'Back on the Wool Track' (2004).

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Searching for a vote each way

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Michelle Grattan Tony Abbott's bill for a plebiscite on the carbon tax is a tactic to discombobulate Labor.

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Abbott's strength, Gillard's weakness

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Michelle Grattan Tony Abbott is negative but a ferocious opponent.

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Down to single issue for voters

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Michelle Grattan The long-awaited productivity report is a lucky dip, from which the government draws the biggest prize but the opposition is grabbing something too.

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Desperate Labor cannot be believed on asylum seekers

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Michelle Grattan The Gillard government is hoist on its own petard of expediency and illogicality over the contradictions in its 'Malaysian solution'.

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Human and animal rights travel in the same boat

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Michelle Grattan IT SEEMS bizarre and even rather offensive to talk about asylum seekers and Australian cattle in the same sentence.

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A cattle ban should be imposed

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Michelle Grattan The cruelty to Australian cattle in Indonesian abattoirs that has been exposed is a disgrace to this country.

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Refugee nightmare plays out for Gillard

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Michelle Grattan THE past week has brought home that the Labor government can't claim a shred of principle on asylum policy any more.

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Pushed to the limit, Bob goes in guns blazing

Michelle Grattan ON THE Canberra political battlefield, the media are in the gunsights and, rather surprisingly, it's Greens leader Bob Brown firing some of the biggest bullets.

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Hockey caught out with flat feet in the post-budget spotlight

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Michelle Grattan Some deft footwork can be required in opposition when the spotlight is on you, but Joe Hockey couldn't manage it when he made the traditional shadow treasurer post-budget appearance at the National...

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Whammy looms over fairyland

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Michelle Grattan As it prepares its carbon package, the Gillard government could be headed for a double whammy over so-called ''middle class welfare'', broadly defined.

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PM finds herself in bad territory

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Michelle Grattan Julia Gillard and her government are in a massive low and voters' views appear set.

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Political meets personal in bold employment of boom

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Michelle Grattan THE Gillard government's first budget deeply reflects the personal political values of its main creators - the Prime Minister and the Treasurer.

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Gillard has to get down and dirty over carbon tax row

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Michelle Grattan TUESDAY's budget will have, as Tony Abbott keeps telling us, one gaping hole. It won't include the numbers for the government's carbon tax package.

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Ghost of Howard looms over asylum policy

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Michelle Grattan The Gillard government has taken yet another leaf out of the John Howard book on asylum seeker policy.

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High-stakes game as Wilkie sticks to his principles

Michelle Grattan FOR such a mild-mannered man, Andrew Wilkie is pretty colourful. And now very powerful. He first came to national attention when he walked out of the Office of National Assessments in 2003, just...

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Everyone's a winner in this game

Michelle Grattan Greens make their stand against company tax cut but government doesn't have much reason to worry.

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Abbott fell into obvious trap

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Michelle Grattan Having urged and predicted a ''people's revolt'', Tony Abbott was left with little choice but to front the people when they came to Canberra.

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First step on carbon tightrope

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Michelle Grattan It's knocked off three leaders so far, and Gillard has to tread carefully if she's not to become the fourth.

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Leak is a worry for Abbott

Michelle Grattan Precisely what Scott Morrison said to shadow cabinet when it discussed political strategy is a little murky, but one thing appears clear.

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Libs beset by spiteful backbiting

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Michelle Grattan Abbott faces trouble on several fronts as the discipline shown during the election campaign disintegrates.

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