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.

Small business cash makes big gain with voters

Mark Kenny The federal government's small business measures have gone over extremely well with voters according to the Fairfax-Ipsos poll which found 81 per cent back the move to give a 100 per cent instant...

Cash for calm: Canberra pays $1.6m to counter budding jihadists

The leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has exploited the internet's strengths to deliver their message.

Mark Kenny Mosques and multicultural youth services will get their share of an extra $1.6 million in funding to help them redirect young people away from radical groups such as Islamic State.

Older Australians say super too generous

An online survey shows that the majority of older Australians favour changes to superannuation concessions that will protect the less wealthy.

Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent Two thirds of older Australians want the government to curb overly generous superannuation tax concessions rather than adjust the taper rate for age pension eligibility, according to a new survey.

Relief for Abbott but still a sting in Baird win

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Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent The embattled Abbott government is breathing a collective sigh of relief after voters in New South Wales bucked the trend of ditching first-term governments, opting to stay with the popular Liberal...

Business turns on PM as cabinet urged to act

Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent and Jared Lynch and Madeleine Heffernan Some of the nation's top business voices have turned on Prime Minister Tony Abbott declaring leadership instability is harming confidence, as backbenchers urge the cabinet to end the uncertainty.

Bishop admits role with Triggs was discussed

Mark Kenny Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has undermined the government's stance that there had been no inducement to Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs to leave her job, confirming an...

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Treasure Joe Hockey hangs tough despite jobs slump

Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey

Mark Kenny Joe Hockey says his second budget will definitely take account of a sharply slowing jobs market but has affirmed there would be no change from his tough spending cuts approach arguing it is...

Tony Abbott's moment of truth

Tony Abbott.

Mark Kenny and James Massola The fate of the 17-month-old Abbott Coalition government will be the first order of business when Parliament resumes on Monday, with the 102-member Liberal party room considering a do-or-die spill of...

Tony Abbott's survival turns on 'official' loyalty as party room spill numbers add up

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks during a press conference in Sydney on February 6, 2015. Party critics of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott launched a dramatic bid on February 6 to unseat the unpopular conservative leader after less than 18 months in office, but he vowed to fight on. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN

Mark Kenny A lance at the numbers in the Liberal party-room goes a long way to explaining why Tony Abbott is confident of seeing off Tuesday's attempted spill motion.

Liberal MPs' knives sharpening ahead of crucial leadership ballot on Tuesday

Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott.

Mark Kenny, James Massola Worried Liberals are urging Malcolm Turnbull to declare his intention to challenge Tony Abbott before Tuesday's proposed leadership spill, to give the party a clear choice between staying with the...

Abbott moves to head off critics

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra on Monday 2 February 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Mark Kenny, James Massola Tony Abbott has junked his most controversial personal policies, and pledged to lead Australia's most consultative government in the future as he attempts to quell criticism and head off a gathering...

Knighthood for Prince Philip: MPs question Abbott's judgment

Prince Philip in 2014: He was born on a kitchen table in 1921.

Mark Kenny and James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott's surprise decision to knight Prince Philip has infuriated his colleagues, with a pair of Queensland MPs breaking ranks to criticise the decision publicly.

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

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey don't have a lot to laugh about these days but Mr Abbott says a change of leadership is not an option.

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

Joe Hockey

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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