Chris Johnson is Canberra bureau chief. Most recently Chris was the National Political Correspondent for The Sunday Age and The Sun-Herald
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
Chris Johnson Federal Independents are split over whether Parliament should censure scandal-plagued MP Craig Thomson.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
Chris Johnson Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has accused the government of trying to portray Australia's political contest as one between billionaires and battlers.
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.
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.
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.
Chris Johnson Treasurer Wayne Swan will flag today a modest surplus of $1.5 billion for 2012-13.