Phillip Coorey joined the Sydney Morning Herald in 2005 and is the paper's Chief Political Correspondent, based in Canberra. Previously he was the Political Editor for Adelaide's The Advertiser. He has been in the Canberrra Press Gallery since 1998, except for 2003 and 2004 when he was the New York correspondent for News Ltd.
Phillip Coorey THE South Australian Liberal senator Cory Bernardi spent three weeks in European cities in April touring suburbs rife with ethnic tension and meeting with politicians who were outspoken on Muslim...
Phillip Coorey SENIOR Liberals have defended Malcolm Turnbull against another attack on him by the conservative member Nick Minchin, saying it was unwarranted and stupid.
Phillip Coorey PETER REITH has scolded Tony Abbott for being too timid to embrace industrial relations reforms, saying the Opposition Leader's ambivalence was a source of growing concern in the business community.
Jacqueline Maley, Phillip Coorey Until recently, Peter Reith's political legacy seemed settled. One of John Howard's most dependable ministers, an architect of workplace reform, a key player in the waterfront dispute and children...
Phillip Coorey THE Liberal Party has overshadowed the first anniversary of Kevin Rudd's ousting with a brawl between former cabinet ministers over the party's federal presidency.
Phillip Coorey THE Liberal powerbroker Nick Minchin has mounted a Labor-style industrial relations scare campaign in a last-ditch bid to prevent Peter Reith from becoming the Liberal Party's next federal president.
Phillip Coorey NICK MINCHIN has drawn the curtain on an 18-year career, citing his greatest achievement as defeating the republic referendum and lamenting his failures to speak out against the Iraq war and to force...
Phillip Coorey THE cancellation of a Liberal Party federal executive meeting scheduled for this weekend has fuelled claims it was a deliberate act to stymie Peter Reith's bid to become the party's national...
Phillip Coorey THE shadow treasurer, Joe Hockey, has told his colleagues to stop squabbling and put the party first as the Coalition braces for a hit in the polls after a week of internal dissent.
Phillip Coorey TONY ABBOTT has backed the disciplinary action taken against Malcolm Turnbull for missing a vote in Parliament despite the revelation that the Opposition Leader has missed just as many votes himself.
Phillip Coorey TONY ABBOTT has clashed with his senior colleague Nick Minchin over the Coalition's decision to oppose an excise increase on alternative fuels, saying he will always put pragmatic politics ahead of...
Phillip Coorey A DAY after quelling backbench unrest about comments by Malcolm Turnbull, the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, faces a revolt over his refusal to back plain packaging for cigarettes.
Phillip Coorey Kevin Rudd spruiked the Labor agenda but Julia Gillard gets to put her name to it.
Phillip Coorey The former prime minister, John Howard, has urged the Liberal Party to avoid doing preference deals with the Greens, even if it puts the Coalition at a tactical disadvantage.
Phillip Coorey PETER COSTELLO has painted John Howard as a disingenuous, dishonest and selfish man who put himself before the nation and was now blaming everyone for his failures.
Phillip Coorey John Howard has defended the reopening of old wounds with Peter Costello, saying his autobiography would not have been an honest work had he not addressed the issue.