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Articles by Alex Mitchell

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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If you can’t bribe ‘em, blackmail ‘em: Baird’s ominous new strategy

Mike Baird has been making infrastructure promises by the truckfull to the voters of NSW — with some rather sinister-sounding consequences thrown in if they happen to vote Labor.

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Will ‘Dan’ Andrews herald a new age of charisma-free politicians?

Perhaps a politician does not have to be likable to be electable. The NSW and Queensland opposition leaders will sure sleep easier if Daniel Andrews blazes a trail for the dull and uncharming.

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Coal seam gas debate splinters Coalition

As the NSW state election draws near, debate on coal seam gas exploration has politicians panicking, NSW political correspondent Alex Mitchell writes.

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Crown Prosecutor ‘witch-hunt’ could spell the end of ICAC

Margaret Cunneen will try one last time to prevent ICAC from investigating an allegation of “perversion of justice”. But with politicians sick of ICAC’s so-called “over-reach”, ICAC itself could be next in the firing line.

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From mensch to meshuggah: why Bob Carr turned on Israel

Bob Carr’s not the first politician to change his stance on Israel, but his previously warm relationship with the country makes his decision more notable.

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Sydney tunnel needs ventilation as Baird blows more hot air

Why did Mike Baird bury the announcement of a signature re-election policy plan amid the hubbub of the Melbourne Cup? Perhaps because it’s barely a plan at all.

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Crown prosecutor dismisses Catholic cover-up as ICAC ‘witchhunt’ begins

Celebrated prosecutor Margaret Cunneen’s crusade against child sex offenders could come to an end as ICAC demands explanations to allegations she perverted the course of justice.

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Voters turn out to vote for Gough — but Labor won’t be so lucky next time

The death of Gough Whitlam reminded NSW voters of the glory days of the Labor Party and secured two NSW state seats for Labor. But will misty-eyed nostalgia carry over to next year’s state election?

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Is Barry O’Farrell eyeing Canberra?

NSW is undergoing a changing of the guard as numerous state MPs bow out. But former premier Barry O’Farrell might not be staying out of politics for long.

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Freshwater Nats now setting the NSW agenda

There is more to NSW than Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong — and regional NSW have their turn in the spotlight.

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