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

$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

Coffee machine

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 goes on attack in AWU episode

Prime Minister Julia Gillard speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House on Monday.

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard blunted the opposition's attack over the Australian Workers Union scandal on Monday, savaging her chief accuser - union official Ralph Blewitt - in the process.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Understanding mental health problems can benefit workplace productivity

Kate Carnell.

Chris Johnson The head of the union movement and a former Liberal Party chief minister will appear on a unity ticket over industrial relations during addresses to be delivered at the National Press Club on...

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...

Tent embassy fighter known for passion

Wiradjuri elder Isabel Coe.

Chris Johnson Australia is mourning the death of one of the nation's leading indigenous rights campaigners.

Parliament overlooked cyclone Tracy hero Stretton

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Chris Johnson The recent death of the man who led the recovery effort after cyclone Tracy devastated Darwin in 1974 was not noted in Federal Parliament, even though a condolence motion or ministerial statement was...

Abbott shifts attack to surplus forecast

Ross Peake

Chris Johnson Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has turned his focus away from the carbon tax and is attacking the government over its forecast budget surplus.

PM silent on McKew's claims of disloyalty

Prime Minister Julia Gillard during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 29 October 2012.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard is refusing to buy into the debate about the removal of her predecessor but Kevin Rudd wants those involved in the 2010 coup against him to come clean about the roles...

Big picture: Australia in Asia in 2025

The Prime Minister Julia Gillard be in Sydney to speak at the Lowy Institute and release the Government White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century .Photo: Peter Rae.  Sunday, 28 October 2012

Chris Johnson The white paper says that one third of board members of Australia's top 200 publicly listed companies and Commonwealth bodies will have "deep experience in and knowledge of Asia".

Lawyer questions media presence

Police from Vic and NSW fraud squads raid Craig Thomson's house in Bateau Bay.

Chris Johnson The lawyer of suspended Labor MP Craig Thomson is outraged that the media appeared to have been alerted to a raids on the MP's home before it occurred.

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Swan's $16b target to ensure surplus

Treasurer Wayne Swan and Finance minister Penny Wong.

Chris Johnson Baby bonus payments, private health insurance rebates and the budget surplus target have all been cut, but there is no slashing of public service jobs in the government's latest economic update.