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

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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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...

Green light for dirtiest power

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Chris Johnson Australia's dirtiest power stations will no longer be phased out as was planned under the government's Clean Energy Future, after talks with station owners collapsed over compensation amounts.

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.

It's time to move past sexism talk, MPs say

Chris Johnson Government ministers have urged all MPs to get back to discussing policy instead of the name-calling that has dominated parliamentary debate in recent months.

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Swan's $16b target to ensure surplus

Treasurer Wayne Swan and Finance minister Penny Wong.

Chris Johnson Baby bonus payments, private health insurance rebates and the budget surplus target have all been cut, but there is no slashing of public service jobs in the government's latest economic update.

Back to basics for new Greens

Chris Johnson The Australian Greens will refocus their attention on the environment and ramp up pressure on the government under the new leadership regime installed to address worrying polling results for the...

Abbott accuses PM of cover-up over embattled backbencher

Chris Johnson Opposition Leader Tony Abbott insists it is unconscionable for embattled Labor MP Craig Thomson to refuse to co-operate with police over investigations into alleged union corruption, adding that...

Troops to withdraw slowly, PM promises

Chris Johnson Australia's troops in Afghanistan will return home slowly, and most will stay deployed for another 18 months.

Besieged Gillard asserts her leadership

Gillard told to 'sit down' (Thumbnail)

Chris Johnson Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has declared the government to be ''at war with itself'' amid talk of a renewed push to return Kevin Rudd to the Labor leadership.

Parties enter campaign mode as tax approaches

Chris Johnson Labor and the Coalition have each kicked into a pseudo campaign mode as the carbon tax approaches as asylum seeker boats keep heading to Australia.

Abbott to reject advice of panel

Chris Johnson Opposition Leader Tony Abbott insists he doesn't need a panel of experts to tell him what asylum seeker policy he should adopt.

PM brushes aside fresh talk of leadership spill

By Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard is refusing to buy into a renewed surge in leadership speculation, sparked by chief government whip Joel Fitzgibbon, who suggested continued bad polling might see a...