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.

FOFA law changes: Palmer United Party infighting costs government

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

Tony Abbott.

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

Barack Obama.

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

Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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

Ato Boldon

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...

Petrol tax via the backdoor will hit both motorists and servos

Paying at the pumps: The government says money raised from the fuel tax will all be spent on roads.

Mark Kenny and James Massola Both motorists and service stations will feel the cost of the federal government's move to re-start indexation of fuel excise.

Pardon, Mr Abbott, your hypocrisy is showing

Mark Kenny.

Mark Kenny, Chief Political Correspondent Prime Minister Tony Abbott's call for a mature public debate over federal/state relations is well argued, and entirely reasonable.

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Tony Abbott calls for 'mature' debate on GST

Mark Kenny, James Massola and Gareth Hutchens Tony Abbott has called for a mature debate on the Goods and Services Tax while repeatedly refusing to rule out a future increase in the impost.

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Clean energy jobs and investments are at risk, says industry group

Moving out: NSW could miss out on billions of dollars of investment in clean energy.

Peter Hannam, Mark Kenny NSW stands to lose as much as $2.5 billion in investment in 10 approved wind farms that won't proceed if the federal government achieves its goal of slashing the renewable energy target, an industry...

Compromise on RET target now more likely

Winds of compromise: The government is confident a deal can be reached with Labor on a revised renewable energy target

Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent here is growing optimism in the federal government that a compromise can be reached with Labor on a revised 2020 renewable energy target, even as 100 jobs were shed in a wind turbine company.

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Tony Abbott and Barack Obama hold talks on Iraq, Ebola and G20

Tony Abbott and Barack Obama.

Mark Kenny Complex and potentially worsening problems across the world, from terrorism to disease outbreaks and economic challenges, dominated phone talks between US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister...

Gough Whitlam receives accolades from all sides of politics

Gough Whitlam

Mark Kenny, Chief Political Correspondent The political guns fell silent on Tuesday as senior political figures from all sides united as one to mark the passing of former Labor prime minister Edward Gough Whitlam, who died in Sydney at the...

Diggers' pay may suffer for war effort

Soldiers deployed to Iraq and the Middle East are facing contracting deployment bonuses.

Mark Kenny Australia's hardworking defence forces have been told to take a pay cut to help fix the budget under further strain because of the Iraq campaign even though the government has made provision for...

Counterterrorism laws get the nod with new checks


David Wroe and Mark Kenny Sweeping counterterrorism laws that include new offences for "advocating" terrorism and visiting terrorism hotspots could be passed by Canberra within a fortnight after the major parties broadly...