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

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.

ALP eyes youth dole boot camps

Bill Shorten.

Chris Johnson Young job seekers would be forced into tough army-style boot camps in order to qualify for the dole, under an election policy being considered by the Rudd government.

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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...

Election push for alcohol TV ban

Carlton Draught MCG

Chris Johnson Lucy Carroll Alcohol ads should be banned from television before 8.30pm under far-reaching proposals.

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Milne survives push to axe her as Greens leader

Heath Aston, Chris Johnson Christine Milne has survived an aborted push to challenge her leadership - but some senior Greens claim the Tasmanian senator is now ''living on borrowed time''.

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Spying could damage regional trust

Greg Moriarty

Chris Johnson Australia's reputation as a friendly and trusted leader in the region will be dented if it is proved it is using its embassies to spy on neighbouring countries.

Pumps add 'quality of life'

Tanya Plibersek.

Chris Johnson Life-changing insulin pumps will be within reach for more families living with type one diabetes.

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ACT will lead trial disability scheme

Chris Johnson, Emma Macdonald The ACT will lead the nation with the largest of three trial launches for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, after Chief Minister Katy Gallagher agreed to join with the federal government in...

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Swan to remind all who's the boss

Treasurer Wayne Swan has searched deep within himself to draw inspiration from his personal rock idol Bruce Springsteen.

Chris Johnson Treasurer Wayne Swan has searched deep within himself to draw inspiration from his personal rock idol Bruce Springsteen as he ramps up his criticism of Australia’s richest and most outspoken mining...

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Opposition chides Swan for channelling Springsteen

Chris Johnson Molly Meldrum for Treasurer? Glenn A. Baker perhaps?

Disability deal a win: Gillard

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard has described deals struck with Victoria and NSW to launch trials of the National Disability Insurance Scheme as an important win for people with disabilities.

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PM back to Pacific Solution

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard has all but adopted John Howard's ''Pacific Solution'' to asylum seekers, agreeing to urgently reopen offshore processing centres at Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus...

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...

Intruder slips past security, fronts Gillard

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard was the target of an extraordinary security breach inside Parliament House yesterday when a protester managed to interrupt a media conference and approach her with a...

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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