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

PM to be focus of fiery final session

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.

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...

Abbott under fire for use of Bali Memorial Garden

Chris Johnson Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has been accused of politicising victims of terrorism by staging a press conference in Parliament House's Bali Memorial Garden.

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.

Slipper produces Cabcharges to refute fraud claims

Chris Johnson Speaker Peter Slipper has answered claims of criminal fraud against him by releasing documents he says proves his innocence.

Government set to intervene on footy broadcasts

Chris Johnson The government could come to the aid of the professional football codes by rushing legislation through Parliament if Optus's right to stream Australian Football League games on the internet is upheld...

Slipper court case centres on Brough

Chris Johnson A campaign to reignite the political ambitions of former Howard government minister Mal Brough is at the centre of the case against Speaker Peter Slipper, according to suggestions made in the Federal...