Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson is Canberra bureau chief. Most recently Chris was the National Political Correspondent for The Sunday Age and The Sun-Herald

Office perks: Customs' $9K coffee machine spend

Coffee machine.

Chris Johnson Highly trained sniffer dogs at Australian Customs will be familiar with the strong aroma of coffee after two expensive coffee machines have been provided for their masters.

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Asylum seeker bill 'doomed'

A picture released by the Australian Maritime and Safety Authority (AMSA) shows a boat which according to the AMSA was taken mid-morning before the boat sank near Christmas Island.

Chris Johnson The federal opposition is poised to scuttle the passage of asylum seeker legislation through the Senate today despite warnings from Prime Minister Julia Gillard that to do so would be a ''denial of...