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 pressed over role of faceless men in Carr offer

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard has again been forced to defend accusations she is controlled by Labor's faceless men, following revelations a senior party official offered former NSW premier Bob Carr a...

Carr coup puts PM back at the wheel

Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced former NSW Premier Bob Carr will join her government as a Senator and act as Foreign Affairs minister during a press conference at Parliament House Canberra on Friday 2 March 2012. Photo: Andrew Meares

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard has stared down her own cabinet to name former NSW premier Bob Carr as the government's new foreign minister.

Abbott tells the faithful that he'll be next PM

Chris Johnson Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has declared he is confident Australians will send him to The Lodge, suggesting to a Liberal Party audience he is a sure bet to be prime minister.

Labor in despair as morale hits new low

Chris Johnson Morale in Labor ranks has plunged to a new low described as ''unprecedented despair'' with many backbenchers fearing the combined Thomson and Slipper scandals have made it all but impossible to win...

Scandal build-up doom for Gillard

Chris Johnson As senior government ministers voice their support for Prime Minister Julia Gillard's actions over the Craig Thomson and Peter Slipper scandals, Labor backbenchers are again talking about the...

People smuggling top priority at Aust-Indon talks

Chris Johnson What to do about people smuggling is the highest priority for talks between Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.