Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is the political editor of The Age.

Academic Marcia Langton blasts Frank Brennan's recognition plan

Indigenous academic Professor Marcia  Langton has branded Frank Brennan's recognition proposal as

Michael Gordon Prominent Indigenous academic, Marcia Langton, has denounced the latest proposal for the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the constitution as setting the bar too low and...

Let's not get carried away with early election hype

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Michael Gordon Before we all pencil in an early election on the back of the best-received budget in memory, let's remember it was also one of the greatest escapes in Australian political history.

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Recognition closer as Indigenous leaders meet

The meeting is being hosted by Mick Gooda, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.

Michael Gordon The push to recognise Indigenous Australians in the Constitution has received a huge boost ahead of one of the biggest meetings of Indigenous leaders in more than a decade.

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A pathway to consensus on Indigenous recognition

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Michael Gordon Let's take a glass-half-full look at the push to recognise Indigenous Australians in the country's founding document and, in the words of Tony Abbott, finally "atone for the omissions and for the...

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Sour voters brace for budget verdict

Michael Gordon If Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey need a reminder of the scale of the task they are facing in next month's budget, it is there in this month's Fairfax Ipsos National Poll.

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Aboriginal leaders promote bold blueprint to close the gap

Michael Gordon, Political Editor Indigenous leaders have presented the Abbott government with a bold blueprint to close the gap on disadvantage and advance reconciliation, warning that without fundamental change the gap will be as...

The long, hard road to empowering Indigenous Australia

Rumbalara Football and Netball Club's Lesha McGee and Nathan Kerr.

Michael Gordon It is one word that has proved hard to define and impossible to deliver, but it has underpinned almost every substantial discussion about closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage and achieving...

The path to empower Aboriginal Australia

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Michael Gordon Michael Gordon examines the policy idea that could transform debate on Indigenous policy.

Abbott agrees to meet Shorten and Indigenous leaders

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Michael Gordon Tony Abbott has agreed to convene a meeting with Labor leader Bill Shorten and the country's Indigenous leaders aimed at defusing tensions and building momentum for constitutional recognition.

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Outstations message: Closing remote communities will 'finish Broome'

The Yumbi family in their home. They are often under pressure to accommodate family and fear it will worsen if communities are closed.

Michael Gordon in Broome Roy Wiggan has a blunt message for those contemplating the withdrawal of services to scores of Aboriginal outstations in remote Western Australia.

Tony Abbott's lifestyle choice remark leaves 'everyone hurting inside' in remote indigenous communities

Prime Minister Tony Abbott with excited school children at Yirrkala School during his visit to North East Arnhem Land in September last year.

Michael Gordon Not since John Howard's refusal to say sorry has there been such a sense of grief and angst.

Poll to firm resolve of MPs wanting to give Abbott more time

Michael Gordon Coalition MPs inclined to give Tony Abbott more time to recover now have a strong argument to back their instincts and resist any move to topple him this week.

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PM warned over undermining courts by attack on magistrate

Deputy Chief  Magistrate  Jelena Popovic whose bail decision has been criticised.

Michael Gordon Tony Abbott has been warned that he risks undermining public confidence in the courts by attacking the decision of a senior Victorian magistrate to grant bail to an accused terrorist sympathiser.

Don't shoot the messenger, Gillian Triggs tells critics

Michael Gordon The head of Australia's human rights watchdog has vowed to continue to investigate complaints against the government without fear or favour after Tony Abbott branded a recent decision "pretty...

Government still in denial on Manus

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Michael Gordon The most troubling aspect of the Senate report into the violence that engulfed the Manus Island detention centre in February is not the finding that the government failed to protect asylum seekers...

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Medicare co-payment: penny drops as Abbott vows to listen and learn

Michael Gordon Tony Abbott didn't say it, but his Medicare co-payment backdown is a belated admission that a centrepiece of his May budget was unfair to the elderly, to families with young children and the...

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Ricky Muir's anguish on asylum vote

Michael Gordon Senator Ricky Muir says he was placed in a position he would not wish on his "worst enemies" in having to decide the fate of Scott Morrison's controversial asylum seekers laws.

Time for a new path to equality, says public health advocate Fiona Stanley

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Michael Gordon Australia needs to dramatically “scale up” its investment in early childhood and parental support to underpin the country’s future prosperity, says public health advocate and former...

Workplace gender gap is still too wide

Gender pay gap.

Michael Gordon Tony Abbott is set to seize on the most comprehensive study of gender inequality in the workplace to press the case for his signature paid parental leave scheme.

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Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion rejects justice targets for indigenous people

Scullion rebuffs call for justice targets: Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion.

Michael Gordon Report finds progress in some areas, including life expectancy, home ownership, year-12 completion and infant survival rates, but alarming increases in incarceration, self-harm and psychological...