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.

Tony Abbott slumps in polls despite best week yet

Mark Kenny A record high vote of support for the Greens and a slump in support for the Coalition in regional Australia has left Tony Abbott's seven-month old government trailing Labor by four points after...

Australia-Japan agreement: Tariffs come down with historic deal

Mark Kenny, Chief Political Correspondent, Tokyo Prime Minister Tony Abbott has secured a historic trade deal with Japan worth billions of dollars over the next 20 years, unlocking the previously impenetrable Japanese domestic market for Australian...

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Liberal fund-raiser linked to Hockey pays back $22,000

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Mark Kenny, Sean Nicholls Twenty-two thousand dollars worth of funds paid to a Liberal Party fundraising group for Treasurer Joe Hockey's electorate, from the Obeid-linked Australian Water Holdings company since 2009, have...

Arthur Sinodinos quits frontbench, but ICAC scrutiny set to continue

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Mark Kenny, Kate McClymont Tony Abbott's six-month-old government has been plunged into its first ministerial crisis after Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos fell on his sword, becoming the first federal victim of a widening...

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Lost jobs cost budget $600m

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Mark Kenny Large job losses since the Abbott government came to power could cost taxpayers more than $600 million in extra dole payments and income tax not paid.

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Government plan to lift Qantas foreign ownership cap faces stiff opposition

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey during question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 4 March 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Mark Kenny and James Massola Qantas faces the potential of years in business limbo, whether or not Tony Abbott succeeds in an unlikely move to scrap the 49 per cent foreign ownership cap.

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Move appears more political strategy than a practical fix

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Mark Kenny Tony Abbott has arrived at the only outcome he thought acceptable on Qantas, even though he had to roll his Treasurer to do it.

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Qantas: Cabinet agrees to remove foreign ownership restrictions

Mark Kenny Cabinet met on Monday night to approve plans to remove foreign ownership restrictions on Qantas, as the airline denied its problems derived from the carbon tax.

Army chief David Morrison applauds bipartisan support of troops

Mark Kenny Chief of Army, Lieutenant-General David Morrison has praised the decision of both sides of politics to get behind the military, drawing a line under the divisions of last week when a senior officer...

Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash stands by Alastair Furnival

Senator Fiona Nash Assistant Health minister appeared before a Senate Estimates hearing at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 26 February 2014.

Mark Kenny, Amy Corderoy Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash has contradicted Prime Minister Tony Abbott, insisting her former chief of staff had done nothing wrong despite being forced to resign over a conflict of interest...

Fiona Nash, Alastair Furnival and a sea of contradictions

Mark Kenny, Chief Political Correspondent Labor's pursuit of conflict of interest allegations against the Assistant Health Minister has been a patchy faltering affair, at times brilliant, and at others, limp.

Taxpayers fund Qantas debt

Mark Kenny, James Massola The federal government is set to provide Qantas with a debt guarantee, meaning taxpayers will underwrite the airline's push to increase its foreign ownership.

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Scott Morrison refuses to explain delay on Manus

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Mark Kenny Border Protection Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed he knew a week ago his initial statements about a fatal brawl at the immigration detention facility on Manus Island were likely to have been...

Two-thirds of voters believe there should be an inquiry into allegations the Navy deliberately burnt the hands of asylum seekers, a Fairfax-Nielsen poll finds

Mark Kenny Two-thirds of voters, including more than half of all Coalition supporters, believe claims that the hands of asylum seekers were deliberately burned by border protection authorities should be...

Korean cars set to become cheaper under trade agreement

Mark Kenny Cheaper Hyundai cars among upsides for consumers from Korea-Australia free trade talks.

Carbon tax figures add to pressure to repeal

Environment Minister Greg Hunt.

Heath Aston, Mark Kenny Australian companies paid $6.6 billion in the first full year of the carbon tax, with the seven biggest electricity producers each slugged more than $250 million.

Cadbury's worker conditions sweeter than SPC-Ardmona's

Mark Kenny Cadbury's parent company granted more generous employee conditions than SPC-Ardmona, including more than twice the redundancy pay, 10 days a year paid leave for union delegates for training, and even...

Hockey calls end to 'age of entitlement'

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Mark Kenny Treasurer Joe Hockey has bluntly warned Australians that the days of governments saving businesses and jobs had passed, telling them, ''the age of entitlement is over, and the age of personal...

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Tony Abbott says top soldier Peter Cosgrove top pick for leadership

Prime Minister Tony Abbott appoints Peter Cosgrove as the next Governor-General of Australia at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 28 January 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Mark Kenny, Jonathan Swan Tony Abbott says appointing Australia's former top soldier as governor-general was a case of the best person for the job and installing someone who could deliver leadership beyond politics.

Bill Shorten says Tony Abbott is hiding plans for big cuts from Griffith voters

Mark Kenny Labor leader Bill Shorten has promised to be positive and has called on his frontbench to present the ALP as the party of ideas against a government he says is already running out of policy options.