Danielle Cronin

Deputy Editor

I'm an deputy editor of Fairfax Media's online news site brisbanetimes.com.au. I have previously worked for a a daily metropolitan newspaper, which included seven years in the federal press gallery.

Portfolio

Failing Faith: An abused child could have been saved
On the day Faith died, the eight-year-old girl asked her mother for something to ease the pain. The mother had repeatedly beaten Faith with a vacuum cleaner's metal pole in the...
Authority has $6m hole in budget
EXCLUSIVE: The National Capital Authority would not be ''financially sustainable'' unless the body received up to $6.2million in extra funding, cut costs or scaled back its role.
Secret funds to bail out Norfolk Island
EXCLUSIVE: The Federal Government has secretly earmarked millions of dollars to maintain vital services to Norfolk Island in case the administration suffers financial collapse.
Report reveals spy agencies' secret pain over cuts
Some spy agencies are feeling the pinch as a result of the efficiency dividend, with one warning any additional reduction in their budget will ''significantly impact operational...
Report reveals spy agencies' secret pain over cuts (Part II)
Some spy agencies are feeling the pinch as a result of the efficiency dividend, with one warning any additional reduction in their budget will ''significantly impact operational...
Post-traumatic stress among soldiers doubles: Defence
More than 100 Australian soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder were referred to an internal medical board last year a figure that has nearly doubled in the past...
No Room in the 'House' To Welcome Disabled
Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes has been stranded in Parliament House because barriers designed to thwart terrorist attacks are also presenting obstacles for...
PM faces discord on gambling reforms
EXCLUSIVE: Prime Minister Julia Gillard is facing internal discontent over gambling reforms promised as part of a deal that helped Labor retain power.
A getaway for you and the knife: feds eye medical tourism
The Federal Government is looking to cash in on the lucrative medical tourism market worth more than $20billion a year and projected to grow by 35 per cent per annum.
Grand design for capital
EXCLUSIVE: Canberra will boast a ''little Champs Elysees'' if Australian Greens leader Senator Bob Brown succeeds in securing federal funding for a walkway between Civic and...
War Memorial set to axe jobs
EXCLUSIVE: Former defence chief Peter Cosgrove has condemned continuing funding cuts to the Australian War Memorial, warning about 30 jobs will be axed and more programs will be...
Factions blamed as Kelly dumped from Defence role
Labor Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly has been ''absolutely and utterly rogered'' in the front-bench reshuffle and defence policy would suffer as a result, his political...
Bartlett joins Greens, eyes Lower House
EXCLUSIVE: Former Australian Democrats leader Andrew Bartlett has officially severed ties with the party, joining the Greens as he prepares to vie for a lower house seat at the...
Hit-and-run survivor calls in for payback
EXCLUSIVE: Phil Gaetjens has been described as a ''brilliant brain'' who has an ''incredible mastery of details''. But the former top aide to ex-treasurer Peter Costello draws a...

Coup in Canberra

Rudd's judgment day
Julia Gillard is poised to become Australia's first female prime minister today after Kevin Rudd called a leadership ballot to deal with a coup by factional powerbrokers
Rudd's judgment day II
Julia Gillard is poised to become Australia's first female prime minister today after Kevin Rudd called a leadership ballot to deal with a coup by factional powerbrokers.Mr Rudd...
Revolutionary PM asserts authority on path to election test
Australia's first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard has already brokered a ceasefire with mining companies and signalled shifts on policies as she prepares to call an election...
Dislodged Rudds leave election fever behind
Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd packed off the dog, cat and chooks, handed over keys to the Lodge and left Canberra yesterday amid escalating speculation the election will be...
No more unguarded moments
Amid the drizzle before sunrise in the national capital, Julia Gillard received a greeting that she is probably still adjusting to ''good morning Prime Minister''.
No more unguarded moments II
After she spectacularly toppled Kevin Rudd less than 24 hours before, Ms Gillard emerged from her Canberra flat before 7am yesterday to start her first full day in the new job.

Special Investigations

Capital Power Surge
The number of lobbying firms registered in Canberra has nearly tripled in three years, resulting in a ratio of four lobbyists for every federal MP. Their successes may feature...
Capital Power Surge (Part II)
One of Peter Sekuless's favourite stories from the ''glory days'' involves sneaking through the back door of a Canberra hotel and distributing beer to Labor conference...
Democracy For Sale
Buying politicians: Concerns have been raised about paid access to those in power.
Crook capital: diseases on the rise
Condoms, vaccination or taking care in the kitchen can prevent illnesses common in Canberra, DANIELLE CRONIN reportsCanberra is the food-poisoning capital of Australia, a review...
Fertile Ground
Canberra has become a mecca for ''reproductive tourists'', with Australians desperate to start a family coming to the capital for fertility treatments too difficult or...
Fertile Ground: The Surrogate
A sense of empathy motivated Sue Phillips to become a ''gestational surrogate'' for an infertile couple. Faith helped her follow through with this life-changing decision.
Label battle may shift consumer culture
Affection is on offer in a Canberra grocery store. It can be found on a shelf among the cereals pitched to the aspiring iron men or to consumers seeking a guardian for a healthy...

Special Reports: Hospital Blunder


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