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

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.

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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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...

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.

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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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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Rudd dumps Gillard's carbon tax

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is scrapping the controversial carbon tax.

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.

Live exports to Egypt suspended

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Chris Johnson The Australian livestock sector is again reeling after the emergence of new footage showing extreme cattle cruelty in Egyptian abattoirs.

Satellites key to Australia's first space policy

News. Launch of the Australian Government's Space Policy at Mt.
Stromlo Observatory. The ANU's Roger Franzen, chats with Senator Kate
Lundy, who launched the policy. April 9th. 2013 Photograph by Graham
Tidy, The Canberra Times.


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Chris Johnson The use of satellite technology has been ramped up as a national priority, with the launch of Australia’s first ever space policy.

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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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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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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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Office perks: Customs' $9K coffee machine spend

Coffee machine.

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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Bonus rort for public servants 'over soon'

Liberal MP Bronwyn Bishop.

Chris Johnson Wasting taxpayer funds on redundancy packages for Commonwealth public servants who are close to retiring will soon be a thing of the past, according to the federal opposition.

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Asian Century stillborn as activity stalls

Dr Craig Emerson minister for trade at Parliament House.

Chris Johnson Rumblings within the public service suggest the much-publicised Asian Century white paper has stalled in its implementation stage, with the government taking too long to appoint an advisory board and...

North Korean embassy trip put on hold

North Korea

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.

Bill for ASC bullying probe $170k

Sports Minister Kate Lundy confirmed nine cases of bullying.

Chris Johnson The government has paid more than $170,000 to external consultants to address complaints of bullying and inappropriate behaviour at the Australian Sports Commission.

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...

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.