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

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...

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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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.

Election push for alcohol TV ban

Carlton Draught MCG

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

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PM back to Pacific Solution

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard has all but adopted John Howard's ''Pacific Solution'' to asylum seekers, agreeing to urgently reopen offshore processing centres at Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus...

Soldiers await orders as asylum debate limps along

Chris Johnson Australian soldiers could be on Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island as early as Friday preparing for asylum seeker detention centres to be re-opened within a month.

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PM dismisses legal work claims

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard has angrily dismissed suggestions she left the employ of law firm Slater & Gordon 17 years ago in controversial circumstances.

Anniversary a chance to talk up Gillard's success

Chris Johnson The government used the second anniversary of the 2010 election to talk up its achievements, while at the same time trying to paint opposition leader Tony Abbott as a man who has problems dealing...

Intruder slips past security, fronts Gillard

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard was the target of an extraordinary security breach inside Parliament House yesterday when a protester managed to interrupt a media conference and approach her with a...

Gillard stares down the 'nut jobs'

Prime Minister Julia Gillard during a press conference to address matters related to her time at law firm Slater and Gordon.

Chris Johnson Taking aim at ''misogynists and nut jobs'' on the internet and ''defamatory'' News Limited reports, Julia Gillard moved yesterday to end claims she did anything wrong when acting as a lawyer 17 years...

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Israel alarmed at Iran summit

Chris Johnson Israel's ambassador to Australia, Yuval Rotem, has expressed dismay that Iran will next week host a major summit to be attended by more than 30 heads of state and United Nations secretary-general Ban...

Libs have lost core values: Fraser

Chris Johnson Former Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser has hit out at the party he once led, saying it has strayed too far to the right and has lost the vision of founder Robert Menzies.

MPs split on Rudd's motive for interview

MPs deny Rudd for PM rumours (Thumbnail)

Chris Johnson Labor MPs are expressing two views about former prime minister Kevin Rudd's vow to lift his profile in arguing the government's case in the lead-up to the next election.

Gillard, Abbott slam violent protesters

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Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard has strongly condemned violent Muslim protests on the streets of Sydney, saying they were against the Australian way of life.

Rudd tells world he's still here and he's backing Gillard as the leader

Former Australian Prime Minister Mr Kevin Rudd.

Chris Johnson Kevin Rudd has publicly declared his support for Prime Minister Julia Gillard and has vowed to do all he can to help return Labor to office in next year's election.

Abbott swoops to push discipline

Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott.

Chris Johnson Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has delivered a clear message to his frontbench that he will no longer tolerate ill-discipline, after forcing his parliamentary secretary Cory Bernardi's resignation for...

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.

Rudd says Gillard crew needs to toughen up

Alp backbencher Kevin Rudd during question time at Parliament House Canberra on 19 September 2012.

Chris Johnson Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has delivered a clear message to government ministers who are angry that his time in office has been publicly defended, saying they should be tough enough to wear it.