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Articles by Alex Mitchell

Greens thank their lucky stars for NSW Labor

The Greens have won an unprecedented number of seats in NSW, and for that they have Labor’s shambolic, backflipping campaign to thank.

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Libs hang on in NSW, but do they have a poles-and-wires mandate?

NSW Premier Mike Baird put his cards on the table and it paid off at Saturday’s state election — but does the Coalition now have a mandate to privatise the state’s poles and wires?

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A desperate Foley plays the race card

There is so much Labor could be campaigning on in NSW. And yet it has chosen to alienate Asian-Australian voters instead.

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NSW Greens-Labor marriage of convenience sours

When will the Greens be able to stand on their own instead of reflexively preferencing Labor?

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Labor goes for its own jugular in NSW campaign misfire

Labor has lessons to learn if it is going to unseat Mike Baird in NSW.

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Labor mouthpiece now spruiking Baird’s poles-and-wires sale

The Property Council of Australia is supporting the NSW Coalition’s planned infrastructure privatisation. Not that it would advertise for the government directly, of course …

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Nats turn on Libs as NSW election draws near

The Nationals are strongly opposed to the key policy of their coalition partners. What will that mean for their election chances?

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NSW ‘new Labor’ looks an awful lot like ‘old Labor’

Luke Foley is hoping the electorate will have forgiven Labor for previous sins during the past three years But his “new approach” still has a lot of the old approach in it.

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ICAC a victim of its own success

According to the High Court, the Independent Commission Against Corruption is guilty of “over-reach”.

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Big names square off in NSW Strathfield cockfight

Jodi McKay is taking on sitting Liberal Charles Casuscelli in Strathfield, and the result could be predictive of the state election as a whole.

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Baird backed the wrong horse, but will it cost him NSW?

NSW Premier Mike Baird has bet it all on privatisation. Unfortunately for him, voters seem to hate it.

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NSW Labor launches its campaign with more whimper than bang

Luke Foley has his work cut out for him to defeat the country’s most popular political leader, Mike Baird. And so far Labor’s election promises have been rather modest.

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Foley takes the gloves off, but Baird dominates the polls

Ahead of the NSW state election, Premier Mike Baird and his staff strut around, exuding smugness, enjoying their high polling figures, while Opposition Leader Luke Foley launches a Labor scare campaign.

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NSW Labor has to go Green or go home

NSW Labor has historically turned its attention to competing with the Greens, giving the Liberals a free run.

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Labor’s fancy footwork makes the best of branch-stacking decision

Hicham Zraika has been found guilty of branch stacking in the NSW Labor Party — but that’s not all bad for Luke Foley.

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Summer of ’69: lessons from a Liberal spill

John Gorton saw off the first Liberal party room spill, but he was ousted next time around, and Gough Whitlam was happy to pick up the pieces. But does Labor have a Whitlam in the wings?

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Peter Ryan’s bugging raises uncomfortable questions for NSW police

Suspicions that former police commissioner Peter Ryan was secretly bugged by his enemies was dismissed as paranoia — but this week’s revelations tell a different story.

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Abbott finds strong support among NSW Labor

The NSW Labor Party is very keen for Tony Abbott to keep his job, because the only campaign against popular Premier Mike Baird that has a hope of working is one that links the NSW Coalition with Abbott’s unpopularity.

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‘Pampered’ NSW police cop flak from bugging commission

Personal rivalries and a war of recrimination have worn away the public’s patience with the police — and Martin Place didn’t help.

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Funnily enough, ICAC’s ‘overreach’ only a concern for those in its crosshairs

While the ICAC blowtorch was focused on ALP politicians, conservatives applauded from the sidelines, happy to see Labor’s scandals unearthed and publicised. They seem to have changed their tune.

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Reds under the bed: where are our socialist MPs?

New NSW Labor boss Luke Foley is emphatically not a socialist. So where are the socialists in government?

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Cracks appear in Newman’s persona as crunch time approaches

Campbell Newman’s nerves appear to be frayed, with some questionable campaigning by the Queensland Premier.

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The sincere plodder v the blustery major: Qld parties start their engines

The Queensland LNP and Labor launched their campaigns this week, with both focusing on one important issue: whether Campbell Newman should be premier.

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Bassett hound’s baying for Liberal Party blood

Bart Bassett has been foiled by the Liberal executive in his bid for the seat of Riverstone. And he’s not about to take the snub lying down.

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Newman to unveil ‘bells and whistles’ as privatisation dominates Qld election

Premier Campbell Newman prepares for his manifesto launch on Sunday while Labor waits, ready to pounce.

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