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

Parachuting Olympian could 'work a treat'

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...

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.

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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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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.

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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Qantas admits axe will fall again

Chris Johnson More job cuts are on the way at Qantas, on top of the 500 announced yesterday. But Prime Minister Julia Gillard has still been quick to welcome labour market figures revealing an unexpected drop in...

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.

Abbott's 'sham' is exposed, PM says

Chris Johnson Opposition Leader Tony Abbott stars in a pantomime scripted to say no to all action against people smugglers, according to Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who insists the Coalition's asylum seeker...