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Articles by Alex Mitchell

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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Fred in denial: the Christian Democratic Party has lost all relevance

Fred Nile’s tired attempts to stir up controversy after the Sydney Siege are just further signs that the Christian Democrats have lost all relevance.

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Baird on the back foot as enigmatic Foley blitzes PR war

Recently ordained NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley has been making waves in state media, thanks in large part to supportive coverage from The Daily Telegraph.

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Labor strips back to basics as Newman pledges big bucks

As Queensland Labor goes door-to-door in an attempt to fight off irrelevancy, News Corp struggles to drive a wedge between Newman and the toxic Abbott government.

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There is no snare like Foley: anatomy of a Labor coup

NSW Labor’s new leader Luke Foley talks the talk but, after all the turmoil of his leadership putsch, will he be able to right Labor’s wayward ship?

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Newman calls Qld election, News Corp provides the pro-LNP puffery

The Queensland election will come down to a question of what voters want more: coal seam gas and casinos, or to see Newman and Abbott kicked out of office.

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NSW Labor’s new leader an enigma wrapped in a right-wing voting record

New South Wales’ incoming Opposition Leader Luke Foley has a hard slog ahead. What will voters make of the man who lists his key inspirations as the Catholic Church and Sydney’s NRL team the Roosters?

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Newman in the fight of his political life, with Abbott a major liability

Labor won’t have the votes to unseat the LNP at next year’s Queensland election, but it might be able to turf Campbell Newman out of his own seat.

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Comrades gather to celebrate Whitlam’s wit

A veritable gaggle of Whitlamites gathered in the Bellevue Hotel to launch a new book of the great man’s wit.

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‘Elephant Man’ fishes for relevancy, shoots preference possibilities in the foot

Robert Borsak of the Shooters and Fishers has promised to block the Coalition’s infrastructure plan. Likely the Coalition will remember this slight when it comes time to distribute preferences at next year’s election …

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The bridge-building Nationals MP trying to save his party

NSW Nationals leader Troy Grant is a rising star in politics, but he has a tough road ahead of him to rescue the Nationals at the next state election.

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One-term Baird? Tell ‘em they’re dreaming

Labor opposes the privatisation of NSW’s poles and wires, but without that sale it also wouldn’t be able to deliver any of the infrastructure spending promised by the Liberals.

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