Chris Johnson is Canberra bureau chief. Most recently Chris was the National Political Correspondent for The Sunday Age and The Sun-Herald
Chris Johnson The federal opposition is under fire from the Australian medical fraternity for daring to question the validity of a doctor's certificate issued to troubled Labor MP Craig Thomson.
Chris Johnson Australia is the only G20 country to have gone backwards on its low-carbon competitiveness since 1995, according to a report to be issued today.
Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard will today offer the ACT a further $28 million in skills funding under the new National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform.
Chris Johnson Opposition policies would thrust the Australian budget $9 billion into deficit, according to government calculations released yesterday.
Chris Johnson Former Liberal Party heavyweight Nick Minchin has bought into the Future Fund debate to claim that his one-time colleague Peter Costello was not the right person for the chairman's job.
Chris Johnson Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has begun a strong attack against the government for not allowing former treasurer Peter Costello to chair the $70 billion Future Fund.
Chris Johnson Australia's border protection is in such a mess the nation is now threatened by a flood of illegal handguns, according to Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, who has boldly made a link between asylum...
Chris Johnson Australia's new carbon pricing regime equals tax cuts for families, according to Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who wants her MPs to sell that message to the electorate.
Chris Johnson I n the small fishing village of Minamisanriku on Japan's north-east coast, Australian visitors are most welcome.
Chris Johnson Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has declared he is confident Australians will send him to The Lodge, suggesting to a Liberal Party audience he is a sure bet to be prime minister.
Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard has stared down her own cabinet to name former NSW premier Bob Carr as the government's new foreign minister.
Chris Johnson Treasurer Wayne Swan has taken his strongest swipe to date against the vested interests of some of Australia's richest business people.
Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard has again been forced to defend accusations she is controlled by Labor's faceless men, following revelations a senior party official offered former NSW premier Bob Carr a...
Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard is keeping her frontbench sweating, refusing to rule out punishing those ministers who publicly backed Kevin Rudd in this week's bitter leadership battle.
Chris Johnson The way is clear for the battle-scarred federal Labor Party to reform cabinet after Prime Minister Julia Gillard vanquished leadership contender Kevin Rudd yesterday and Sports Minister Mark Arbib...
Chris Johnson More Labor backbenchers have joined the ranks of the undecided in tomorrow's leadership ballot, following additional high level support for Kevin Rudd and overwhelming public opinion in favour of the...
Chris Johnson Following the leader was easy enough for St Mary MacKillop College students armed with smartphones and ear-to-ear grins yesterday, but the concept might have been more muddled for observers of...
Chris Johnson Treasury boss Martin Parkinson has declared that Australia is not Greece and that this nation's economic future is not one of doom and gloom.
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...
Chris Johnson Government ministers have come to the defence of Prime Minister Julia Gillard, insisting there was nothing underhanded in the way she toppled Kevin Rudd for the Labor leadership in 2010.