Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson is the National Political Correspondent for The Sunday Age and The Sun-Herald

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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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Anything to declare? ACT's 4 get it down

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Chris Johnson Canberra's federal politicians have accepted the occasional free flight upgrade, sporting and festival ticket, overseas junket or bottle of wine, but they appear to have quickly declared them all on...

ACT a model for tax reform, says Swan

Andrew Barr arrives for the state and territory treasurers meeting in Canberra.

Chris Johnson The ACT has been held up as an example for other jurisdictions to follow when it comes to reforming tax.

PM to offer ACT $28m more for job training

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard will today offer the ACT a further $28 million in skills funding under the new National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform.

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Spying could damage regional trust

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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.

Swan slashes 4200 PS jobs

Chris Johnson Thousands of Canberra-based public servants will lose their jobs to help get the economy back in the black, under a federal budget that pushes a new round of middle-class welfare initiatives.

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.

Robb commits to disability scheme

Chris Johnson A Coalition government would go ahead with Labor's National Disability Insurance Scheme and deliver it on schedule, according to shadow finance minister Andrew Robb.

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.

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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Abbott swoops to push discipline

Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott.

Chris Johnson Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has delivered a clear message to his frontbench that he will no longer tolerate ill-discipline, after forcing his parliamentary secretary Cory Bernardi's resignation for...

Parachuting Olympian could 'work a treat'

Nova Peris with her children Jack (left) and Destiny (right), at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 22 January 2013.

Chris Johnson Australian National University political commentator Andrew Hughes believes parachuting Nova Peris into a Northern Territory senate seat is a desperate political ploy - but one that might work a...

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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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...

Scandals crossed the line, PM says

Craig Thomson MP addresses the media after leaving the Labour party and becoming an independent.

Chris Johnson The Federal government remains in crisis today despite Prime Minister Julia Gillard's move to kick Craig Thomson out of the Labor Party and to keep Peter Slipper away from the Speaker's chair.

Cash plan passed after Thomson vows to explain

Chris Johnson Bonus cash for families with school children will be handed out across Australia next month, after Labor succeeded in getting Parliament's support for the controversial budget measure.

Premiers to snub PM's forum

Prime Minister Julia Gillard speaks at the Minerals Council Australia dinner at Parliament House.

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard might be left preaching to the choir today as conservative state premiers look set to give her economic forum in Brisbane a miss.

No trip to Rio while Burke stays grounded

Chris Johnson The Coalition has denied Environment Minister Tony Burke the opportunity to talk up his marine parks expansion plans on the world stage, refusing a pair for him to be absent from Parliament until...

Asylum seeker bill 'doomed'

A picture released by the Australian Maritime and Safety Authority (AMSA) shows a boat which according to the AMSA was taken mid-morning before the boat sank near Christmas Island.

Chris Johnson The federal opposition is poised to scuttle the passage of asylum seeker legislation through the Senate today despite warnings from Prime Minister Julia Gillard that to do so would be a ''denial of...

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AFP hits roadblock on checks

By Chris Johnson Australian Federal Police are struggling to cope with a backlog of national police check applications, forcing applicants to wait weeks for clearances and callers to be left hanging on the phone for...