Phillip Coorey

Phillip Coorey

Phillip Coorey is the Australian Financial Review's Chief Political Correspondent, based in Canberra. Previously he was the Chief Political Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and the Political Editor for Adelaide's The Advertiser. He has been in the Canberrra Press Gallery since 1998, except for 2003 and 2004 when he was the New York correspondent for News Ltd.

Conroy backs away from internet filter

Phillip Coorey THE federal government has abandoned its long-standing commitment to introduce a national internet filter and will instead ban websites related only to child abuse.

Goods tax on internet sales won't save shops


Phillip Coorey THERE are strong in-principle grounds to apply the GST and other taxes to overseas internet purchases worth $1000 and less, says the nation's peak economic advisory body.

Turnbull twitters on about Abbott

Malcolm Turnbull

Phillip Coorey MALCOLM TURNBULL engaged in internet warfare yesterday to defend himself over comments he made about Tony Abbott and the Coalition's climate change policy.

Spycatcher sequel: Gillard is doing a Thatcher on WikiLeaks, says Turnbull

Gillard Thatcher

Phillip Coorey MALCOLM TURNBULL has likened Julia Gillard's handling of the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, to Margaret Thatcher's ''over the top'' reaction to the Spycatcher author, Peter Wright, saying the...

Smith forced on the defensive over folk dance faux pas

Phillip Coorey and Kirsty Needham THE Australian government was forced into damage control after the latest WikiLeaks cables revealed Kevin Rudd had mocked the contributions of the French and Germans in Afghanistan in 2008 as...

Arbib goes quiet, but many are talking

Mark Arbib

Phillip Coorey LABOR ministers circled wagons around their colleague Mark Arbib yesterday as politicians of other persuasions said they, too, often provided information to foreign embassy officials.

No hard feelings - and a little bromance

Phillip Coorey CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT THE US and Australian governments insist the bilateral relationship is healthy after the release of diplomatic cables containing scathing character assessments of Kevin Rudd by US officials.

US must plug holes to stop the leaks, says Rudd


Phillip Coorey and Dylan Welch THE US needs to tighten its data security to prevent a repeat of the WikiLeaks debacle, says the Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd.

Opposition throws spanner in efforts to pass NBN vote


Phillip Coorey and Clancy Yeates The federal opposition has mounted a last-ditch effort to stymie the national broadband network by delaying until Monday a vote on the bill to structurally separate Telstra.

PM's last-ditch NBN victory

Julia Gillard

Phillip Coorey JULIA GILLARD has pronounced the next 10 years the decade of infrastructure after scoring a sorely needed victory on the national broadband network by negotiating a compromise to break a Senate...

Xenophon hangs tough on broadband demands

Nick Xenophon.

Phillip Coorey THE government's national broadband network is on tenterhooks with the independent senator Nick Xenophon refusing to budge on three key demands and the opposition showing little sign of moving.

Brisbane strikes out on broadband

Campbell Newman

Phillip Coorey and Ben Grubb THE Brisbane City Council has announced its own breakaway broadband project, promising residents and businesses they will have their own high-speed fibre network within four years.

No takers leaping for Abbott's baton

Tony Abbott

Phillip Coorey CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT THE two rural independents who sided with Labor have told Tony Abbott to be constructive, not destructive, and rejected his attempt to have them switch sides over the government's broadband policy.