Phillip Coorey

Phillip Coorey

Phillip Coorey is the Australian Financial Review's Chief Political Correspondent, based in Canberra. Previously he was the Chief Political Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and the Political Editor for Adelaide's The Advertiser. He has been in the Canberrra Press Gallery since 1998, except for 2003 and 2004 when he was the New York correspondent for News Ltd.

Competition head Ian Harper pulls away from North Sydney Forum

Phillip Coorey The opposition has succeeded in having the head of the government's ­competition inquiry, Ian Harper, dissociate himself from a Liberal Party ­fund-raising body linked to Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Tony Abbott stared down by North Korean soldiers as he visits the DMZ

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Phillip Coorey, Panmunjom Prime Minister Tony Abbott stared across the border at North Korea and labelled it an outlaw state and a threat to world peace on Wednesday.

Long war ends with hope, says Tony Abbott

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Phillip Coorey Tony Abbott came to Afghanistan on Monday to signal the end of the 12-year mission there and declare Australia's longest war had failed to secure victory.

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No victory but a job well done: Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten met with Afghan leaders after attending the Recognition Ceremony in Tarin Kowt, Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan to honour the 40 Australian lives lost during the 12 year conflict.

Phillip Coorey Tony Abbott came to Afghanistan on Monday to signal the end of the 12-year mission there and declare Australia's longest war had failed to secure victory.

Peter Beattie faces thrashing in Forde, new poll shows

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Phillip Coorey Labor's shock decision to recruit Peter Beattie as its candidate for the federal Queensland electorate of Forde appears to have backfired spectacularly, with the Coalition on track to win the seat in...

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Rudd saga set for yet another heave-ho with new book telling a few tales

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Phillip Coorey One would have thought that there was nothing left unsaid about the events leading up to Kevin Rudd's demise as prime minister in June 2010.

Slowdown a rich lode for politicians

Phillip Coorey Last week, when the Reserve Bank cut interest rates and downgraded its forecast for the economy, Tony Abbott became the latest politician to declare the mining boom over.

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Labor boycotting shock jocks will have little effect on either

Phillip Coorey One morning during the 2010 election campaign, a federal minister awoke to hear Alan Jones's latest sermon on why listeners should not vote Labor.

Holden secures $200m subsidy

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Phillip Coorey and Toby Hagon GM Holden will promise today to keep making cars in Australia for at least another decade after securing a subsidy package from the federal and South Australian governments worth more than $200...

PM must reward thumping endorsement with better performance

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Phillip Coorey Julia Gillard's caucus has backed her emphatically. Now she must return the favour.

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PM turns away from a taxing distraction

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Phillip Coorey Julia Gillard set her own test for this budget when she addressed caucus on Monday. In what could be construed as a concession to her foe, Gillard told her charges that Tony Abbott had managed to...

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Team Abbott sitting pretty but must get out into policy marketplace

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Phillip Coorey It doesn't get much easier for an opposition when it starts getting asked such questions as this: ''Mr Hockey, will you ever get a better position in opposition than $1.

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Labor needs another messy battle like a hole in the head

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Phillip Coorey AT FIRST blush, it is difficult to think of a powerful interest group not at war with this government.

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Abbott forced to prove that he's revolting, too

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Phillip Coorey Julia Gillard told her caucus on Tuesday that Tony Abbott has made three errors on climate change.

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New-look carbon fix makes Abbott a man of steel

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Phillip Coorey The night before he became Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott virtually pleaded with Joe Hockey to take the job. ''Joe, we're offering you the leadership of the Liberal Party on a plate,'' he said.

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Abbott faces battle telling NSW Liberals what to do

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Phillip Coorey Tony Abbott will have no quibble with a finding in part two of Labor's post-election review, the unreleased section that deals with the election campaign.

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Gillard has time to levy and recover

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Phillip Coorey The last time a federal government sought to protect a forecast budget surplus of $3.1 billion against an unexpected major expense, it decided to impose a levy. It was the Timor tax.

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Alone inside her big tent, PM must now perform

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Phillip Coorey JULIA GILLARD erected a great big tent yesterday and invited everyone inside.

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Politics looks a little topsy-turvy

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Phillip Coorey This political year ends with Labor behaving as though it is in opposition and the Coalition humming along as though it were in government.

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Labor's state losses are Gillard's gains

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Phillip Coorey The Victorian government may have been a bit long in the tooth but it was still doing a decent job.

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