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.

Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection Michael Pezzullo and Senator Michaelia Cash in ...

Public servant steps over the line

More evidence on Monday, courtesy of an extraordinary overreach by secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Mike Pezzullo, that Australia's harsh and secretive border protection system is straining at the seams - that its moral and administrative fabric is threadbare.

Malcolm Turnbull is expected to announce today that the Australian army's ASLAVs are to be replaced.

Armoured vehicles to be replaced

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is set to announce a key piece of Australia's future defence force capability: up to 1000 armoured vehicles.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott with South Australia Premier Jay Wetherill in Adelaide this week.

Liberals weather winter of discontent

As a Liberal MP unlocked her car at the local shops last weekend, another vehicle stopped behind so the driver could provide a spot of impromptu feedback: "Why don't you take a helicopter you … bitch!"

"This money is going to help us do that extra work that we've been really struggling to cover to help young people come ...

New money to counter budding jihadists

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.

Not softening: Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Hockey hangs tough despite jobs slump

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 confidence the economy needs, not stimulus. 

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GP-tax: a study in chaos management

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. You would think their leadership would know better, given the low rate of success to date.