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

Lawyer questions media presence

Chris Johnson The lawyer of suspended Labor MP Craig Thomson is outraged that the media appeared to have been alerted to a raids on the MP's home before it occurred.

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.

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

Is it all over for Julia Gillard and Federal Labor? (Thumbnail)

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...

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

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

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.

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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National Broadband and telcos are discussed at the Australian Communcations Consumer Actions Network conference . 
Malcolm Turnbull with iphone at UTS conference

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

Has Kevin Rudd changed? (Thumbnail)

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.