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

Doors opened in Israel for Labor minister 'going places'

Chris Johnson Cabinet minister Bill Shorten secured an audience with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem because the Israelis were convinced he could one day be Australia's leader.

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.

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.

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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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...

PM more at ease when she is abroad

Julia Gillard is now more relaxed with her part in foreign policy.

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard has confessed she now enjoys representing Australia on the world stage.

Labor stalwart lashes party powerbrokers

Chris Johnson Labor Party stalwart John Faulkner has delivered a withering indictment of elements inside his own party, saying some members of the ALP lack principles and morals.

$100,000 on coffee machines leaves bitter taste

Chris Johnson Caffeine-addicted bureaucrats in the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism are making a "mochary" of the government's push to tighten public sector spending.

Department in hot water over its coffee machines

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Chris Johnson SWISS-MADE coffee machines costing taxpayers more than $7000 each are found throughout a federal government department, causing quite a stir in the Coalition.

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.

Trouble brewing over $63K coffee machine spend

Chris Johnson Swiss-made coffee machines costing taxpayers more than $63,000 are sprinkled throughout a federal government department, causing quite a stir inside the Coalition.

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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...

North Korean embassy trip put on hold

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Chris Johnson The Gillard Government has stalled plans for North Korea to re-establish a diplomatic presence in Australia in light of the latest nuclear test from the totalitarian state.

Office perks: Customs' $9K coffee machine spend

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Chris Johnson Highly trained sniffer dogs at Australian Customs will be familiar with the strong aroma of coffee after two expensive coffee machines have been provided for their masters.

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Protect our war doctors: Red Cross

Doctors treat the children of families fleeing from the fighting in Sirte at a medical center in Herawa, 70 km (43 miles) east of Sirte, October 1, 2011. Aid workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) brought medical supplies into Muammar Gaddafi's besieged hometown of Sirte on Saturday as fears grew that a humanitarian disaster may unfold inside. REUTERS/Esam Al-Fetori (LIBYA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY CONFLICT)

Chris Johnson The International Committee of the Red Cross is appealing to the Australian Government to help create a global push for greater protection of medical teams in war zones and areas of humanitarian...

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Political instability unnerves public servants

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Chris Johnson Labor's leadership spill has done nothing to provide certainty to the public sector, which has been left in a state of flux over the government's inability to instil confidence in the people who work...

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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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