Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

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

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.

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...

Ill wind blows through Liberal ranks

Environment policy vacuum leaving a scar

Chris Johnson Several Liberal MPs plan to publicly defy the party line by attending an anti-wind farm rally.

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.

Gillard safe in her job for now: backbenchers

Chris Johnson Labor MPs are feeling electorally vulnerable but there is no firm plan to topple Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Oakeshott gives Labor sharp reminder of focus

Chris Johnson Government MPs are today scurrying to convince the Australian electorate they are more focussed on policy than on the embattled Labor leadership after a wake-up call from key independent Rob...

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.

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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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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.

Israel alarmed at Iran summit

Chris Johnson Israel's ambassador to Australia, Yuval Rotem, has expressed dismay that Iran will next week host a major summit to be attended by more than 30 heads of state and United Nations secretary-general Ban...

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...

Recent form a winner for PM

Prime Minister Julia Gillard addresses the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra on Monday 3 September 2012.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Chris Johnson Labor backbenchers are rallying behind Prime Minister Julia Gillard, after what some describe as outstanding examples of her leadership over the past weeks.

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Rudd tells world he's still here and he's backing Gillard as the leader

Former Australian Prime Minister Mr Kevin Rudd.

Chris Johnson Kevin Rudd has publicly declared his support for Prime Minister Julia Gillard and has vowed to do all he can to help return Labor to office in next year's election.

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...

Parliament overlooked cyclone Tracy hero Stretton

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Chris Johnson The recent death of the man who led the recovery effort after cyclone Tracy devastated Darwin in 1974 was not noted in Federal Parliament, even though a condolence motion or ministerial statement was...

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War Memorial rejects honour request for peacekeepers

Captain Peter McCarthy, who died on January 12, 1988 while serving as a peacekeeper in Lebanon. His daughter Sarah McCarthy is fighting to have his name included in the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial.

Chris Johnson Peacekeepers will not be included for now on the Australian War Memorial's Roll of Honour despite a petition signed by more than 17,800 people calling for them to be remembered alongside other...

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Women congregate to celebrate ordination

Anglican Bishops Barbara Darling from Melbourne, Genieve Blackwell from Wagga Wagga and Kay Goldsworthy from Perth chatting out the front of Government House.

Chris Johnson There are only three female bishops in the Anglican Church of Australia and this week they are in Canberra celebrating what they and other women priests have achieved over the past 20 years.

Public service told to prepare for March poll

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news review illo for Lenore Taylor piece pub 3/11/12 Illo: Michael Mucci

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 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...