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Articles by Alex Mitchell

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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Even if LNP holds on, Newman looks like a goner

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman is something of a persona non grata these days — particularly in his own electorate.

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Will NSW Labor snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in byelections?

Two NSW byelections on October 25 will mark a defining point for NSW Labor. Is the ALP returning to form, or is its leader John Robertson holding it back?

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NSW government refuses to release details of Packer’s Barangaroo casino

Although the upper house of the NSW legislature gave the government 14 days to disclose details of the agreement with James Packer for his high-rollers’ casino, it has refused to do so.

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‘An angel masquerading as governor’: Marie Bashir leaves a grateful NSW behind

NSW’s first female governor, Marie Bashir, will be replaced tomorrow by a military man. Bashir leaves behind plenty of goodwill — and knows a thing or two about fixing a tap.

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Abbott’s terror hype has a shamrock-shaped precedent

Tony Abbott would do well to take heed of the lessons from the so-called Fenian conspiracy.

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Meet the ex-Trot who is begging Scotland to stay

Alistair Darling, an Edinburgh Labour MP and former chancellor of the Exchequer, is chair of Better Together, the umbrella organisation leading the “No” campaign against Scotland’s independence in Thursday’s referendum. Freelance journalist Alex Mitchell reports.

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Guess who’s coming to Bob Carr’s dinner?

Think Joe Tripodi and expelled former lands minister Tony Kelly are personae non gratae around the Labor traps in NSW? Think again …

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Sydney voting changes not the ICAC distraction Baird was hoping for

NSW Premier Mike Baird’s plans to bring City of Sydney in line with City of Melbourne haven’t quite worked out.

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The last ‘Trog’ standing leaves NSW Parliament

MP Richard Amery, the last of the factional overlords in NSW state parliament, will retire in March next year.

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ICAC revelations could kill Liberals’ NSW majority

In the wake of highly damaging ICAC revelations, a number of high-profile Liberal scalps have been claimed and Labor is poised to re-take seats lost in the 2011 election, writes NSW political correspondent Alex Mitchell.

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