Deborah Snow

Deborah Snow

Deborah Snow is a senior writer with The Sydney Morning Herald and a former federal political reporter for the Australian Financial Review. She has also served as foreign correspondent for ABC-TV in Moscow and London, and as a reporter on Four Corners.

Argy-bargy continues on carbon tax impasse

Abbott.

James Massola, Matthew Knott and Deborah Snow The federal government has moved to put a week of political chaos behind it, with Environment Minister Greg Hunt directly negotiating with Clive Palmer over amendments to repeal the carbon tax and...

Tony Abbott plays down chaos of Senate's first week

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James Massola, Matthew Knott, Deborah Snow The federal government has moved to put a week of political chaos behind it, Environment Minister Greg Hunt directly negotiating with Clive Palmer over amendments to repeal the carbon tax and give...

Senate agonies have the government in a spin

Parliament House.

Deborah Snow and James Massola Just over 50 years ago, famed political journalist Alan Reid sent a photographer along to a Canberra hotel to capture one of the most significant images in Australian political history.

Treatment of Sri Lankans act of piracy, says Malcolm Fraser

Malcolm Fraser

Deborah Snow and Michael Gordon Former Liberal PM characterises Australia's interdiction and detention of more than 150 Sri Lankan asylum seekers at sea as 'piracy on the high seas'.

Speeches to Parliament castigated

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

James Massola and Deborah Snow Tony Abbott and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe flew five hours to the Pilbara - 'twice as long as our summit meeting', Mr Abe joked - chased all the way by headlines from China.

Shinzo Abe should not be making foreign policy announcements here: Malcolm Fraser

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Tony Abbott depart the House of Representatives after Prime Minister Abe's address to a joint sitting at Parliament House.

Deborah Snow Former Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser has hit out at visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's speech to the Australian Parliament on Tuesday, saying it ''should only have been made on his...

'Piracy on the high seas': Malcolm Fraser

Malcolm Fraser

Deborah Snow Former Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser has hit out at visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's speech to the  Australian Parliament on Tuesday, saying it ''should only have been made...

Leyonhjelm takes aim at Howard over gun controls

Angry: Incoming senator David Leyonhjelm still hasn't fogiven John Howard for tightening the nation's gun laws after the Port Arthur massacre.

Deborah Snow David Leyonhjelm, the NSW Senator-elect who takes his place in the nation’s upper house from next week,  says he is still so angry with former Liberal Prime Minister John Howard over the...

Senate crossbench revolt if group voting tickets abolished

Deborah Snow, James Massola The incoming crossbench senators who will decide the fate of the Abbott government's budget have warned of a revolt if changes to the Senate voting system disadvantage minor parties.

United force or a rabble? The face of the new Senate

Illustration: John Spooner.

Deborah Snow, James Massola Nick Xenophon, the independent senator from South Australia, is scrabbling for a metaphor to describe how the nation's upper house will look from July 1.

Malcolm Turnbull in middle of media frenzy

Malcolm Turnbull

Deborah Snow When he was opposition leader, Malcolm Turnbull advised press gallery hacks never to be ''dull''.

Joe Hockey: Man in a million or just a man with millions?

Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Deborah Snow, Anne Davies Joe Hockey's budget night exhortation to Australians to be 'lifters not leaners' had a ring of deja vu.

Meet the real Joe Hockey

Treasurer Joe Hockey

Deborah Snow and Anne Davies Joe Hockey's budget night exhortation to Australians to be ''lifters, not leaners'' had a ring of deju vu about it for those with long parliamentary memories.

'Significant progress' but Elizabeth Broderick warns of backlash in Defence over boosting women in the ranks

Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick

Deborah Snow Driving cultural change inside the Australian Defence Force to make it a better place for women to work was never going to be simple.

Army chief says 'cool heads' would prevail in any Indonesian conflict

Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Morrison

Deborah Snow Australia's army chief has dismissed the prospect that tensions between Indonesia and Australia could erupt into military conflict in the future, saying ''cool heads on both sides'' would always...

'Cool heads' will prevail despite Indonesia-Australia tensions: army chief Lieutenant-General David Morrison

Deborah Snow Australia's army chief has dismissed the prospect that tensions between Indonesia and Australia could erupt into military conflict in the future, saying ''cool heads on both sides'' would always...

Why Treasurer Joe Hockey's running the show

Leader of the House Christopher Pyne, Treasurer Joe Hockey and Prime Minister Tony Abbott in discussion during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 12 December 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Tom Allard and Deborah Snow Emerging as the dominant figure in the new government, is Hockey the new Keating?

Overseas troops to have allowances trimmed as Defence cuts costs

Troops in the Middle East have been informed of cuts to field allowances.

Deborah Snow About 1000 Defence Force members serving abroad face cuts to overseas allowances as the government adopts a tighter definition of what it means to be 'in the field'.

Defence: Allowances to be tightened for soldiers posted abroad

ADF

Deborah Snow About 1000 Defence Force members serving abroad face cuts to their overseas allowances, as the government adopts a tighter definition of what it means to be ''in the field''.

Admiral denies asylum seeker claims of burns inflicted at sea

Asylum seeker with burnt hand he says was caused by Australian navy.

David Wroe, Michael Bachelard and Deborah Snow The Chief of Navy, Vice-Admiral Ray Griggs, has flatly denied that Australian sailors inflicted burns on asylum seekers' hands by forcing them to hold hot parts of a boat engine.