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

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.

Budget blowout preferable to dent to confidence, Hockey decides

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Mark Kenny, Gareth Hutchens Treasurer Joe Hockey will allow the budget bottom line to worsen sharply, rather than opt for new spending cuts, in the hope of encouraging delicate jobs growth and uncertain business confidence.

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Joe Hockey to unveil budget blowout

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Mark Kenny and Gareth Hutchens Treasurer Joe Hockey has abandoned his long promised return to budget balance in four years time blaming many of the same external factors Wayne Swan used to cite, and for which he was roundly...

Abbott feels the heat on climate

Mark Kenny, Chief Political Correspondent Six out of 10 of Australians think Tony Abbott's Direct Action policy replacing the carbon price is an inadequate policy to address global warming, according to the latest Fairfax Ipsos poll.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott stems bleeding, but faces tough pre-Christmas period

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Mark Kenny Tony Abbott has acted to stem his government's political bleeding over broken promises and deadlocked budget measures such as its unpopular GP co-payment, by conceding he had been forced to break his...

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Uphill struggle ahead for Abbott as troubles multiply

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Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent Prime Minister Tony Abbott heads into the final sitting week of the parliamentary year on Monday with his premiership under its greatest pressure since he won the 2013 election in a landslide.

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GP-tax: a study in chaos management

Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent For the fourth time this week, the Abbott government has resorted to sophistry as it muddles around trying to disguise what many are now calling policy chaos.Liberals and Nationals that is.

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GP tax confusion

Treasurer Joe Hockey insists the government still intends to bring the GP co-payment proposal before Parliament.

Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent Differences within federal Cabinet over budget policy versus political strategy have raised speculation of tensions between Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey.

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FOFA law changes: Palmer United Party infighting costs government

PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie launches a stinging attack against party leader Clive Palmer.

Mark Kenny and Gareth Hutchens For Jacqui Lambie it has become personal.

Abbott finds his French Connection on emission controls

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Mark Kenny and David Wroe Tony Abbott wants to see strong and binding emissions reductions targets set at next year's major climate conference in Paris, following one-on-one talks with his French counterpart, President...

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Call me top trader Tony, as Abbott scores big time

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Mark Kenny The title Tony Abbott applies to himself whenever possible, is that of "the infrastructure prime minister".

G20 united on tax loopholes, trade, global warming, banks and Ebola

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Mark Kenny Leaders from the world's twenty largest economies have committed to historic levels of cooperation and transparency in a bid to dramatically raise growth, lift millions of people out of poverty, and...

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Abbott tells world his woes

Savage criticism: Tony Abbott's remarks were described by Bill Shorten as

Mark Kenny and Tom Allard PM's first remarks at international forum are surprisingly parochial.

Economic reform "massively difficult": Tony Abbott

Winners and losers: Tony Abbott has told world leaders that economic reform has proven

Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent Economic reform has proved "massively difficult" in Australia Tony Abbott has told world leaders while chairing his first session of the G20 summit in Brisbane on Saturday.

Political climate warms to action and puts Abbott on the spot

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Mark Kenny The Abbott government is furiously spinning a belated justification for having feet of clay in the climate change debate and for ensuring the issue would not achieve headline status at this year's...

Flight MH17: Abbott confronts Putin, calls for compensation

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Mark Kenny Tony Abbott has confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the APEC leaders' summit in Beijing, holding him complicit in the downing of flight MH17.

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New questions emerge over Nova Peris

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Mark Kenny and Matthew Knott Publication of salacious personal emails between Senator Peris and Mr Boldon raise a storm.

Michael Thawley take over sends shudders through public service

New boss: Michael Thawley will be the new secretary of the PM&C.

Mark Kenny and Phillip Thomson Pubilc servants concerned of more to come as Tony Abbott reshapes the senior executive ranks.

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Deal on Direct Action spells end to emissions trading

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Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent The federal government is crowing about the deal it stitched up to get its friendless Direct Action policy through a hostile Senate while killing off forever Labor's carbon price-cum-emissions...