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.

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

Tony Abbott Normandy

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.

A true believer, PJK comes to the party with some vintage lines

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Mark Kenny, James Massola Labor leader Bill Shorten was doing more than channelling Paul Keating in his hard-hitting budget reply speech on May 15, for which he received sustained applause from the packed - and stacked -...

Labor supports family tax benefits freeze

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

Mark Kenny Labor will wave through controversial family welfare changes to freeze the rate of family tax benefits for two years, saving the budget $750 million per year in perpetuity and reducing further the...

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Labor MPs will target electorates to make most of budget fury

Chris Bowen

Mark Kenny and Peter Martin Labor MPs have been told to step up their profiles in their electorates to capitalise on ''a tide of anger'' over the first Abbott-Hockey budget, during a special phone-based meeting of the federal...

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Government braces for post-budget poll crash

Federal Director of the Liberal Party: Brian Loughnane.

Mark Kenny, James Massola, Matthew Knott Liberal Party federal director Brian Loughnane expects the government's poll slump to deepen after Tuesday's budget due to the sheer scale of cutbacks to be announced along with broken promises on...

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Libs brace for backlash

Mark Kenny Support for Tony Abbott's Coalition government continues to collapse in the face of a harsh budget known to contain cuts to family payments and a raft of services, a proposed deficit levy, a hike in...

Federal reform to come in small steps, says Tony Abbott

Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent Tony Abbott has admitted some audit commission recommendations aimed at reforming the federation, such as a plan to allow the bigger states to keep the tax revenue raised in their jurisdictions,...

Axe falls hard as audit recommends gutting Medicare, cutting pensions

Mark Kenny, James Massola Ordinary Australians would pay a $15 up-front fee to visit a doctor, and medium to high income earners would be kicked off Medicare altogether under sweeping changes advocated by Tony Abbott's...

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