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.

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Labor on a steady path to same-sex weddings

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Phillip Coorey At the hideously-confected affair that masqueraded as the 2009 ALP national conference, one rare area of real contention was gay marriage.

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Gillard on the go is being undersold

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Phillip Coorey Julia Gillard will spend about 55 hours in the air and 18 on the ground just to attend the NATO summit in Lisbon. She arrives home this morning from a week overseas and heads off again on Thursday.

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CBA and its cronies can bank on the wails

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Phillip Coorey Not so long ago, the government was singing the praises of the Commonwealth Bank and its boss, Ralph Norris. It was April last year and the nation was in the grip of the global financial crisis.

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Howard's book simply circles the wagons around his own legacy

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Phillip Coorey Nothing is ever certain in politics, but in late 2007 it was a near certainty - and had been for some time - that John Howard's Coalition government was going to lose.

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Gillard is not for turning on IR

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Phillip Coorey Tony Abbott has a new line that maintains his theme that Labor is a puppet of the Greens. ''Labor is in government but the Greens are in power,'' the Opposition Leader said on the eve of today's...

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Rivers will die of thirst as the arguments get wetter

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Phillip Coorey Just over a year ago, Malcolm Turnbull returned from London and a meeting with the Conservative Party leader, David Cameron, to declare he was no longer prepared to lead a party that refused to take...

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War on the bad guys takes a malign turn

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Phillip Coorey Standing in the cockpit of the C-130 Hercules as it began its rapid descent to the Tarin Kowt airstrip, the Chief of Defence Force, Angus Houston, was keen to make an observation.

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Abbott the cyborg assassin will not give up on his hell-bent mission

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Phillip Coorey Just after Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor decided to back Labor, a relieved minister observed that, throughout the election campaign, Tony Abbott had reminded him of the Terminator, the...

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The Typhoid Mary of policy is back

PHILLIP COOREY Brendan Nelson, Malcolm Turnbull and Kevin Rudd have something in common: climate change was the catalyst that brought them down as leaders.

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Labor 2.0: a lumbering beast that might just avoid extinction

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PHILLIP COOREY The soft carpet throughout the ministerial wing in Parliament House has its benefits, especially if you are a Labor minister walking behind two Liberal frontbenchers who do not realise you are there...

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Surveillance plane not cleared for take-off

Phillip Coorey THE Coalition has shelved one of its border protection promises just two days before the federal election.

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Campaign circus veers into realms of bizarre

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Phillip Coorey Mark Latham has become all he once claimed to despise, and a sad parody of himself. His presence on the campaign trail is a joke, bullying Julia Gillard - who he has spent the past few years...

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Round and round with parade of leaders

Phillip Coorey Should Labor lose this election, Tony Abbott would be Australia's third prime minister in two months and its fourth in three years.

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Fearlessly committed to building committees

Phillip Coorey So far, population and climate change have emerged as the key policy challenges of this election campaign and Labor's response to both has been the same: form a committee.

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Cold war begins in depths of winter

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Phillip Coorey There has only been one other August federal election since federation and, like this poll, it was held on August 21. It was 1943.

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Keys to Lodge lie in NSW or Queensland

PHILLIP COOREY This election, like its immediate predecessors, will be won and lost in NSW and Queensland.

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Sales talk begins as election moves into focus

PHILLIP COOREY With Julia Gillard expected to call the election today, Tony Abbott has tried to define the contest as being about the need to get rid of a bad government full of flawed characters.

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Long-term vision pursued with spectacles prescribed for myopia

Phillip Coorey The election contest is starting to resemble Seinfeld, the show about nothing. It is hard to recall a time this close to an election when both major parties had no defined agenda, or anything else...

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Voters get a taste for miner miracles

Phillip Coorey A week is no longer a long time in politics, it is an eternity. With the rapid advent of new media - the internet, twitter, 24-hour television news and so forth - the news cycle has accelerated and...

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Faction too much fiction for Gillard

Phillip Coorey Several factors contributed to Kevin Rudd's downfall and chief among them was his decision to sideline the factions and designate himself the sole authority.

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