Chris Johnson is Canberra bureau chief. Most recently Chris was the National Political Correspondent for The Sunday Age and The Sun-Herald
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.
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.
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...
Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard has confessed she now enjoys representing Australia on the world stage.
Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard has described deals struck with Victoria and NSW to launch trials of the National Disability Insurance Scheme as an important win for people with disabilities.
Chris Johnson A Coalition government would go ahead with Labor's National Disability Insurance Scheme and deliver it on schedule, according to shadow finance minister Andrew Robb.
Chris Johnson Treasurer Wayne Swan has searched deep within himself to draw inspiration from his personal rock idol Bruce Springsteen as he ramps up his criticism of Australia’s richest and most outspoken mining...
Chris Johnson Molly Meldrum for Treasurer? Glenn A. Baker perhaps?
Chris Johnson Rumblings within the public service suggest the much-publicised Asian Century white paper has stalled in its implementation stage, with the government taking too long to appoint an advisory board and...
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...
Chris Johnson Asylum seekers reaching Australia by boat are now likely to be sent to Nauru and Manus Island to live in tents, after the passing of legislation allowing a return to offshore processing.
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.
Chris Johnson Key independent MP Tony Windsor has delivered a blistering parliamentary attack on Opposition Leader Tony Abbott for what he describes as hypocrisy over carbon pricing.
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.
Chris Johnson Tony Abbott pushed his luck a bit too far yesterday and became the first opposition leader to be ejected from Parliament in more than a quarter of a century.
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...
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...
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...
Chris Johnson Labor backbenchers are rallying behind Prime Minister Julia Gillard, after what some describe as outstanding examples of her leadership over the past weeks.
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.