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 denies Abbott his day as grand inquisitor

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...

Broader mine tax to 'stop cuts in PS'

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Chris Johnson Broadening the base of the minerals resource rent tax could be exactly what the public service needs to ensure its numbers are not slashed after this year's federal election.

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Rudd dumps Gillard's carbon tax

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Chris Johnson Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is scrapping the controversial carbon tax.

Labor picks $70b hole in Abbott policies

Chris Johnson Tony Abbott is under an election eve attack over an apparent $70 billion black hole in his campaign policies, with the government insisting the opposition would have to ''cut to the bone'' in health...

Poor poll puts pressure on PM

Chris Johnson Senior Labor figures are discussing the possibility of a return to Kevin Rudd as prime minister in the wake of the government's latest disastrous polling results.

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...

A bit of outreach and it's plain sailing on boats

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.

Soldiers await orders as asylum debate limps along

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.

Independent accuses Abbott of hypocrisy

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.

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PM dismisses legal work claims

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.

Not standing orders … marching orders

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.

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...

Gillard stares down the 'nut jobs'

Prime Minister Julia Gillard during a press conference to address matters related to her time at law firm Slater and Gordon.

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...

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Abbott keeps distance on IR call

Chris Johnson Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has moved to distance himself from his hero John Howard over the contentious issue of industrial relations and the prospect of a return to WorkChoices.

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.

Govt dances to Gonski's beat

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard is appealing directly to Australia's mining bosses to help get her new education plan funded.

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Turnbull's honesty call sparks debate

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Chris Johnson Liberal frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull has sparked debate about the quality of parliamentary question time by saying there was an urgent need for more honesty in politics.

Libs have lost core values: Fraser

Chris Johnson Former Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser has hit out at the party he once led, saying it has strayed too far to the right and has lost the vision of founder Robert Menzies.

Rudd returns, saying too much is at stake not to speak up

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Chris Johnson Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has vowed not to be silenced in the lead-up to the next federal election, saying there is too much at stake for Australia.

MPs split on Rudd's motive for interview

Chris Johnson Labor MPs are expressing two views about former prime minister Kevin Rudd's vow to lift his profile in arguing the government's case in the lead-up to the next election.