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

Big picture: Australia in Asia in 2025

Chris Johnson The white paper says that one third of board members of Australia's top 200 publicly listed companies and Commonwealth bodies will have "deep experience in and knowledge of Asia".

PM silent on McKew's claims of disloyalty

Prime Minister Julia Gillard during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 29 October 2012.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard is refusing to buy into the debate about the removal of her predecessor but Kevin Rudd wants those involved in the 2010 coup against him to come clean about the roles...

Abbott shifts attack to surplus forecast

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Chris Johnson Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has turned his focus away from the carbon tax and is attacking the government over its forecast budget surplus.

Parliament overlooked cyclone Tracy hero Stretton

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Chris Johnson The recent death of the man who led the recovery effort after cyclone Tracy devastated Darwin in 1974 was not noted in Federal Parliament, even though a condolence motion or ministerial statement was...

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War Memorial rejects honour request for peacekeepers

Captain Peter McCarthy, who died on January 12, 1988 while serving as a peacekeeper in Lebanon. His daughter Sarah McCarthy is fighting to have his name included in the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial.

Chris Johnson Peacekeepers will not be included for now on the Australian War Memorial's Roll of Honour despite a petition signed by more than 17,800 people calling for them to be remembered alongside other...

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Understanding mental health problems can benefit workplace productivity

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Chris Johnson The head of the union movement and a former Liberal Party chief minister will appear on a unity ticket over industrial relations during addresses to be delivered at the National Press Club on...

PM to be focus of fiery final session

Is it all over for Julia Gillard and Federal Labor? (Thumbnail)

Chris Johnson Federal politicians return to Canberra on Monday for what looks set to be a fiery week before Parliament rises for the Christmas break.

PM goes on attack in AWU episode

Prime Minister Julia Gillard speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House on Monday.

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard blunted the opposition's attack over the Australian Workers Union scandal on Monday, savaging her chief accuser - union official Ralph Blewitt - in the process.

PM denies Abbott his day as grand inquisitor

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 29 November 2012.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard used the Parliament's last sitting day of the year on Thursday to demand Opposition Leader Tony Abbott put up or shut up over accusations she had broken the law through...

Labor stalwart lashes party powerbrokers

Chris Johnson Labor Party stalwart John Faulkner has delivered a withering indictment of elements inside his own party, saying some members of the ALP lack principles and morals.

Parachuting Olympian could 'work a treat'

Nova Peris with her children Jack (left) and Destiny (right), at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 22 January 2013.

Chris Johnson Australian National University political commentator Andrew Hughes believes parachuting Nova Peris into a Northern Territory senate seat is a desperate political ploy - but one that might work a...

Office perks: Customs' $9K coffee machine spend

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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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Political instability unnerves public servants

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Chris Johnson Labor's leadership spill has done nothing to provide certainty to the public sector, which has been left in a state of flux over the government's inability to instil confidence in the people who work...

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Satellites key to Australia's first space policy

News. Launch of the Australian Government's Space Policy at Mt.
Stromlo Observatory. The ANU's Roger Franzen, chats with Senator Kate
Lundy, who launched the policy. April 9th. 2013 Photograph by Graham
Tidy, The Canberra Times.


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Chris Johnson The use of satellite technology has been ramped up as a national priority, with the launch of Australia’s first ever space policy.

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Ill wind blows through Liberal ranks

Environment policy vacuum leaving a scar

Chris Johnson Several Liberal MPs plan to publicly defy the party line by attending an anti-wind farm rally.

Labor picks $70b hole in Abbott policies

Chris Johnson Tony Abbott is under an election eve attack over an apparent $70 billion black hole in his campaign policies, with the government insisting the opposition would have to ''cut to the bone'' in health...

Election push for alcohol TV ban

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Chris Johnson Lucy Carroll Alcohol ads should be banned from television before 8.30pm under far-reaching proposals.

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Milne survives push to axe her as Greens leader

Heath Aston, Chris Johnson Christine Milne has survived an aborted push to challenge her leadership - but some senior Greens claim the Tasmanian senator is now ''living on borrowed time''.

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Gillard safe in her job for now: backbenchers

Chris Johnson Labor MPs are feeling electorally vulnerable but there is no firm plan to topple Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Milne targets miners, rich in tax campaign

Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne addresses the National Press Club of Australia.

Chris Johnson Greens leader Christine Milne wants mining companies and rich people to pay more tax.