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.

Abbott declares war on the Islamic State 'death cult'

Mark Kenny Two hundred elite special forces soldiers could be on the ground in Iraq within days after the Abbott government agreed to a US request to provide planes and 600 personnel to the region as part of a...

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison warns of 'specific' terror threat to Australia

Scott Morrison

Mark Kenny and Heath Aston Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday there was a "specific" threat to Australia above and beyond the rise of terrorist organisations in the Middle East such as the Islamic State.

Australian will tackle Iraq mission 'head-on' says Julie Bishop

Julie Bishop

Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent Australia has positioned itself near the centre of the White House's plans to take down the brutal Islamic State terrorist organisation currently cutting a bloody swath through northern Iraq and...

Tony Abbott's Indian summer: uranium, artworks and cricket

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Mark Kenny Uranium supply, return of a stolen artwork, cricket and business were the watchwords of Tony Abbott's state visit to India.

Tony Abbott recounts backpacking days in India

Prime Minister Tony Abbott mixes with students.

Mark Kenny Tony Abbott has revealed a long-term love affair with the subcontinent, recounting his visit to India as a backpacker in 1981.

Auditor-General to examine Abbott government's anti-crime fund over pork-barrelling claims

Mark Kenny The Auditor-General had agreed to examine the adminstration of the federal government's "Safer Streets Program" amid claims by the opposition that millions in taxpayer funds have been allocated to...

Coalition's 'regional rorts' make a comeback, says Labor

Julie Collins MP
Federal Labor Member for Franklin

Mark Kenny Hundreds of millions of dollars in the Abbott government's Community Development Grants scheme have been tipped into projects in coalition-held marginal seats in what Labor says is a return to the...

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Hostile climate for PM despite repeal of tax

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Mark Kenny Prime Minister Tony Abbott's success in scrapping the carbon tax last week has not arrested his government's poll slide, with Labor's primary support jumping three points and voters still favouring...

Liberal frontbenchers sour on Joe Hockey after threat to order spending cuts

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Federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey

Mark Kenny, James Massola Joe Hockey's threat to bypass the Senate by ordering spending cuts outside of parliamentary approval has touched off a new Labor scare campaign and sparked concerns within the government over the...

Clive Palmer about-turn sends carbon tax repeal back to the House

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Mark Kenny Clive Palmer's insistence on harsh penalties for companies caught withholding price cuts after the abolition of the carbon tax, has fuelled the impression that the Abbott government is being dictated...

Families lose up to $3500 a year in end of mine, carbon taxes

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Mark Kenny Projected annual savings in electricity costs of $550 per household from scrapping the carbon tax may be dwarfed by the withdrawal of up to $3500 per household in other government payments linked to...

Labor takes aim at top bureaucrat's critique

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Mark Kenny Friction over the federal budget continues before next week's sitting of the new Senate.

Milne snub to Palmer has greens on edge

Mark Kenny Simmering tensions in the conservation community over the Greens' response to Abbott government environment policies are threatening to fracture the party's support base.

Stumble with plan to prevent jihadists' return to Australia

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.

David Wroe, Mark Kenny Most of the Australians fighting with jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq are not dual nationals, the Abbott government has revealed, meaning it will be effectively impossible to stop them coming home.

Big business will avoid more tax than budget cuts will save: Labor

Mark Kenny Multinational businesses will be able to avoid more in tax than is being saved by many welfare tightening measures, the opposition has claimed.

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Tony Abbott ready to send defence forces to Iraq

Tony Abbott

Mark Kenny Australian defence forces could once again be involved in military action in a ''rapidly deteriorating'' Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has revealed, after his first bilateral meeting with US...

Climate change a coolant for Abbott

Mark Kenny Fundamental differences over climate-change policy continue to hamper Tony Abbott's capacity to build links in the US as both President Barack Obama and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon want more...

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Tony Abbott targets Canadian retirement savings for investment

Prime Minister Tony Abbott laid a wreath at the Australian National Memorial in Villers-Brettoneux in France on Saturday 7 June May 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Mark Kenny Unlocking hundreds of billions of dollars held in the giant Canadian retirement savings sector is a key objective of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's lightning visit to Ottawa on Sunday and Monday in the...

PM too busy for meetings

Prime Minister Tony Abbott rides his bike past the Arc de Triomphe through a pre-dawn Paris with the Australian ex-services charity Mates 4 Mates in France on Saturday 7 June May 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Jonathan Swan, Mark Kenny Tony Abbott has defended not holding talks with economic leaders in Washington and New York this week amid claims he deliberately snubbed them.

Tony Abbott defends United States meetings schedule

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Jonathan Swan and Mark Kenny Tony Abbott has defended not holding talks with key economic leaders in Washington and New York this week amid claims he has deliberately snubbed them after initially checking their availability.