Mark Kenny

Mark Kenny

Mark Kenny is Fairfax Media's chief political correspondent. A director of the National Press Club, he regularly appears on the ABC's Insiders, Sky News Agenda, and Ten's Meet the Press. He has reported from Canberra under three prime ministers and several opposition leaders.

Liberals weather winter of discontent

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Mark Kenny As a Liberal MP unlocked her car at the local shops last weekend, another vehicle stopped behind so the driver could provide a spot of impromptu feedback: "Why don't you take a helicopter you …...

Bishop's travel scandal could lead to new rules: Tony Abbott

Public anger is still 'white hot' over Bronwyn Bishop's travel allowance claims. Tony Abbott is still supporting her.

Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent Tony Abbott has broken several days of radio silence to comment directly on the crisis surrounding his hand-picked Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bronwyn Bishop as marginal seat MPs...

Abbott's crabwalk from new citizenship laws, a win for common sense

Mark Kenny and David Wroe Senior Abbott government ministers are increasingly confident that a proposed new citizenship cancellation power to be applied to dual nationals fighting with terrorist groups, will not run foul of...

Julia Gillard was warned: promote Bill Shorten to industrial relations at your peril

Then Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Bill Shorten during question time in August 2012.

Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent Julia Gillard was warned not to promote Bill Shorten into her cabinet because he would eventually turn on her, it has been claimed.

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Tony Abbott's shocking admission on boats policy

Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent The politics of asylum seeker policy are now so fractured and inflamed that it is impossible to imagine a rational discussion, much less anything approaching a national consensus.

Small business cash makes big gain with voters

Budget measures to help small businesses have been welcomed by voters.

Mark Kenny The federal government's small business measures have gone over extremely well with voters according to the Fairfax-Ipsos poll which found 81 per cent back the move to give a 100 per cent instant...

Cash for calm: Canberra pays $1.6m to counter budding jihadists

The leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has exploited the internet's strengths to deliver their message.

Mark Kenny Mosques and multicultural youth services will get their share of an extra $1.6 million in funding to help them redirect young people away from radical groups such as Islamic State.

Older Australians say super too generous

An online survey shows that the majority of older Australians favour changes to superannuation concessions that will protect the less wealthy.

Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent Two thirds of older Australians want the government to curb overly generous superannuation tax concessions rather than adjust the taper rate for age pension eligibility, according to a new survey.

Relief for Abbott but still a sting in Baird win

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Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent The embattled Abbott government is breathing a collective sigh of relief after voters in New South Wales bucked the trend of ditching first-term governments, opting to stay with the popular Liberal...

Business turns on PM as cabinet urged to act

Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent and Jared Lynch and Madeleine Heffernan Some of the nation's top business voices have turned on Prime Minister Tony Abbott declaring leadership instability is harming confidence, as backbenchers urge the cabinet to end the uncertainty.

Bishop admits role with Triggs was discussed

Mark Kenny Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has undermined the government's stance that there had been no inducement to Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs to leave her job, confirming an...

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Treasure Joe Hockey hangs tough despite jobs slump

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Mark Kenny Joe Hockey says his second budget will definitely take account of a sharply slowing jobs market but has affirmed there would be no change from his tough spending cuts approach arguing it is...

Tony Abbott's moment of truth

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Mark Kenny and James Massola The fate of the 17-month-old Abbott Coalition government will be the first order of business when Parliament resumes on Monday, with the 102-member Liberal party room considering a do-or-die spill of...

Tony Abbott's survival turns on 'official' loyalty as party room spill numbers add up

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks during a press conference in Sydney on February 6, 2015. Party critics of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott launched a dramatic bid on February 6 to unseat the unpopular conservative leader after less than 18 months in office, but he vowed to fight on. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN

Mark Kenny A lance at the numbers in the Liberal party-room goes a long way to explaining why Tony Abbott is confident of seeing off Tuesday's attempted spill motion.

Liberal MPs' knives sharpening ahead of crucial leadership ballot on Tuesday

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Mark Kenny, James Massola Worried Liberals are urging Malcolm Turnbull to declare his intention to challenge Tony Abbott before Tuesday's proposed leadership spill, to give the party a clear choice between staying with the...

Abbott moves to head off critics

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra on Monday 2 February 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Mark Kenny, James Massola Tony Abbott has junked his most controversial personal policies, and pledged to lead Australia's most consultative government in the future as he attempts to quell criticism and head off a gathering...

Knighthood for Prince Philip: MPs question Abbott's judgment

Prince Philip in 2014: He was born on a kitchen table in 1921.

Mark Kenny and James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott's surprise decision to knight Prince Philip has infuriated his colleagues, with a pair of Queensland MPs breaking ranks to criticise the decision publicly.

Tony Abbott insists 'You do not change leaders ... We've got a good plan'

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey don't have a lot to laugh about these days but Mr Abbott says a change of leadership is not an option.

Mark Kenny and James Massola After returning to their electorate over the Christmas break Liberal MPs and senators became keenly aware that "the perception of the government isn't good".

Straight bat served PM well

Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent Tony Abbott fronted reporters in Parliament House on Monday 20 minutes later than expected, but nobody minded.