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

Slipper exits as tempers flare

Chris Johnson The Government is in damage control following dramatic scenes in Parliament yesterday that resulted in Speaker Peter Slipper's resignation and the Prime Minister mounting an extraordinary defence in...

Slipper takes his revenge on opposition

Independent MP Peter Slipper.

Chris Johnson Former Speaker Peter Slipper has already exercised his newfound power as an independent MP by voting with Labor to change standing orders against the wishes of the Coalition.

Sexism 'on rise' since Gillard PM

Deputy Speaker Anna Burke during the debate to dismiss the Speaker Peter Slipper at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 9 October 2012.

Chris Johnson Parliament's new Speaker, Anna Burke, believes the arrival of Australia's first female Prime Minister has given rise to an ugly and sexist element in society.

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.

Fair Work Australia's civil case threat to Thomson's career

Chris Johnson Suspended Labor MP Craig Thomson hopes civil charges brought against him by Fair Work Australia will be thrown out of court but if they are not, bankruptcy could force the independent out of...

Big picture: Australia in Asia in 2025

The Prime Minister Julia Gillard be in Sydney to speak at the Lowy Institute and release the Government White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century .Photo: Peter Rae.  Sunday, 28 October 2012

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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Women congregate to celebrate ordination

Anglican Bishops Barbara Darling from Melbourne, Genieve Blackwell from Wagga Wagga and Kay Goldsworthy from Perth chatting out the front of Government House.

Chris Johnson There are only three female bishops in the Anglican Church of Australia and this week they are in Canberra celebrating what they and other women priests have achieved over the past 20 years.

Abbott: I won't use gender and class to divide nation

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott addresses the Industry Leaders Forum 2012, at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 9 October 2012. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Chris Johnson Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has accused Prime Minister Julia Gillard of trying to divide Australia with gender and class wars.

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Public service told to prepare for March poll

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Chris Johnson The Canberra bureaucracy is being primed for a federal election to be possibly held early next year.

PM to be focus of fiery final session

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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...

PM more at ease when she is abroad

Julia Gillard is now more relaxed with her part in foreign policy.

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard has confessed she now enjoys representing Australia on the world stage.

Asian Century stillborn as activity stalls

Dr Craig Emerson minister for trade at Parliament House.

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...

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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Recent form a winner for PM

Prime Minister Julia Gillard addresses the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra on Monday 3 September 2012.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

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.

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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.