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

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.

Prostitute wanted out of Nine's story

The ex-prostitute who thought she had sex with Labor MP Craig Thomson, until she checked her passport.

Chris Johnson A prostitute at the centre of the Craig Thomson sex scandal has apologised to the embattled MP and changed her story about him being one of her clients.

Gazelle-like Pyne dodges vote, but Abbott trapped

Chris Johnson Parliament has descended into high farce with scenes of Opposition Leader Tony Abbott making an undignified scramble to the exit in a frantic attempt to avoid a vote.

Gillard takes on mining bosses

Julia Gillard

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard has left Australia's mining bosses with no doubt her government will not be backing away from the controversial minerals resource rent tax, due to kick in from July.

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PM scores points over Abbott in polls, party

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard has stared down her own caucus and shot down Opposition Leader Tony Abbott all on the same day, after being buoyed by improving polling results she hopes will help quell...

PM faces hostile caucus over mining jobs

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard will face a hostile Labor caucus today as leadership rumblings continue and as some MPs grow angrier over the government's deal to give away more than 1700 mining project...

Besieged Gillard asserts her leadership

Gillard told to 'sit down' (Thumbnail)

Chris Johnson Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has declared the government to be ''at war with itself'' amid talk of a renewed push to return Kevin Rudd to the Labor leadership.

'Sympathetic' Abbott calls for Thomson resignation

Chris Johnson Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has confessed a ''great deal of sympathy'' for Craig Thomson, even as the Coalition continues its call for the suspended Labor MP to leave Parliament.

Drift to Rudd, as MPs waver

Chris Johnson Labor backbenchers are again being sounded out about the possibility of a Kevin Rudd comeback, while their apparent drop in public appearances suggests a new level of government despondency.

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Thomson issue to go to privileges committee

Chris Johnson Federal Independents are split over whether Parliament should censure scandal-plagued MP Craig Thomson.

Thomson can't be judged, MPs say

Craig Thomson makes a statement to the House of Representatives.

Chris Johnson Independent MPs have cautioned against parliament becoming judge and jury over claims Craig Thomson misused his former Health Services Union credit card for personal gain, including paying for...

Rumoured rent row could leave spies out in cold

Rent row ... the new ASIO building is rumoured to be the subject of a departmental standoff over lease arrangements.

Chris Johnson Australia's top spies will have to wait to move into their grandiose new headquarters if a suspected rental disagreement between their bosses and the Department of Finance and Deregulation is not...

UN seeks continued Australian Africa aid

Chris Johnson United Nations World Food Programme bosses from Africa are today in discussions with the Australian government over the need for continued aid to Somalia and South Sudan.

Independent MPs pushing for guidelines

Chris Johnson Federal backbenchers from both sides of politics are not rushing to embrace the concept of a formal code of conduct for MPs' behaviour.

Libs fight as Abbott keeps his distance

Opposition leader Tony Abbbott and his daughter Louise.

Chris Johnson Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has been forced to insist a feud between two Liberal Party powerbrokers has nothing to do with him and it is not causing any problems for the federal Coalition.

Abbott attacks Gillard's 'class war'

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott delivers his Budget reply speech.

Chris Johnson Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has accused the government of trying to portray Australia's political contest as one between billionaires and battlers.

Costello denies bid for safe seat

Chris Johnson Former treasurer Peter Costello has denied he made an unsuccessful bid for a parliamentary comeback that has sparked a factional war inside the Liberal Party.

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.

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.

It's only $1.5b, but Swan has a surplus

Chris Johnson Treasurer Wayne Swan will flag today a modest surplus of $1.5 billion for 2012-13.