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Articles by Andrew Crook

Don’t give up on party reform, Albo and Shorten urged

An influential group of Labor elders has called on leadership contenders Anthony Albanese and Bill Shorten to come clean on their plans for party reform. There’s plenty more to do, they argue.

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Coalition draws a near-blank on support for wind power

How many Coalition MPs really support wind farms? Not many, it would seem.

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Pedal to the metal as RACV board stoush revs up

The RACV board election stoush is reaching fever pitch.

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Albo v Bill: Butler, Feeney rally troops for Labor leadership

The battle between Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese for the Labor Leadership is ratcheting up. David Feeney will lead Shorten’s campaign, pitting him against Mark Butler for “Albo”.

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IPA adds to its wishlist, and almost half are on Abbott’s cards

Crikey has analysed all 100 items on the Institute of Public Affairs’ policy wishlist. And with Tony Abbott now in power, things are looking up.

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Maccas Tecoma stoush could slime brand, expert tells global HQ

Paul Rogers, a leading social responsibility expert, has warned McDonald’s that its ongoing dispute with protesters over a planned restaurant in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs could irreparably damage the brand.

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Labor bloodletting continues over Kevin Rudd legacy

Labor frontbencher Craig Emerson’s attempt to blacken Kevin Rudd’s name has met with savage criticism from some sitting Labor MPs.

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Shorten likely to win Labor leadership, but Albo could be a contender

Federal Labor MPs are mulling their next leader. Bill Shorten, on current numbers, might appear to be in the pole position but the reality is more complex.

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On a bad night for lefties, Bandt’s Melbourne party was swinging

West Melbourne was the place to be for angry lefties last night — there was at least one victory to celebrate. Crikey joined Adam Bandt and the Greens faithful.

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Institute of Liberal Party policy? What the IPA will get from Abbott

The influence Institute of Public Affairs released a list of policy demands last year. Crikey forensically works through them to see which ones Tony Abbott has adopted.

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News Corporation spinner rushes to pull anti-Rupert ad

A spin doctor for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation has sent a panicked email calling on company executives to remove an anti-News ad from its websites.

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Mirabella scrambling as polling puts Indi on knife edge

The battle for Indi has turned white hot as Sophie Mirabella pulls out all stops to hold on to her crumbling fiefdom. New campaign material hides the candidate from view.

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Million-dollar snafu as parties distribute illegal HTVs

Labor, Liberals, the Greens and the Sex Party have all been caught out by new rules on how-to-vote cards, with all parties incorrectly formatting some of their cards. It could be a costly mistake.

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Support for Syrian missile strike could test Labor unity

The Labor Party takes a far more nuanced view of Syria than recent bellicose statements from the Foreign Minister would suggest.

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Revealed: Assange knee-deep in failed WikiLeaks preference deals

Although Julian Assange has claimed the WikiLeaks preference deal was an “administrative error”, leaked emails reveal Assange was behind the controversial deal.

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A Liberal MP on the road to defend his pocket of blue in Victoria

Out beyond the Labor strongholds, Liberal MP Dan Tehan is hitting the highways to maintain his healthy margin in the Victorian seat Wannon. Crikey went along for the ride.

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Labor campaigners cut loose after stolen poster row

Labor campaigners have been caught red-handed ripping down Liberal Party posters in Western Sydney. Party HQ has sacked the staffer and volunteer from the campaign.

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Who pays the pollster calls the tune? Daily Tele caught out

Business chiefs don’t like Labor’s NBN, The Daily Telegraph tells us; and there’s a poll to prove it. But just a minute — who paid for that poll?

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I wasn’t told: Age political ed out of the loop on Gillard hatchet

The pressing issue of front page editorials reared its ugly head at a panel discussion at the University of Melbourne last night.

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Liberal HQ spy fears force Victorian press gallery hacks out

Journos in Melbourne are spitting chips after they were told to shift from their spiritual home by Denis Napthine’s mandarins. It seems paranoid Liberal operatives thought they were being spied on.

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Revealed: the libertarian Right’s micro-party links

Are right-wing micro-parties merely dummies to funnel votes to each other? Crikey catches them out breaching electoral laws. Now the AEC is investigating.

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Labor outrage as Greens HTVs pulped after ‘admin error’

Labor has accused the Greens in Victorian of ratting on a national preference deal and deliberately running “open” tickets.

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Big Macs held hostage in police battle over Maccas site

The battle over a proposed McDonald’s restaurant in Tecoma has turned really ugly, with discounted Big Macs for hungry coppers in the firing line. Crikey has the Police Association response.

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Sophie Mirabella claiming credit for others’ Indi initiatives

Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella is in the fight of her political life in Indi, and she is keen to take credit for a number of local initiatives. Problem is, the people involved in the initiatives say credit isn’t hers to take …

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In La Trobe, Smyth trying to put the brakes on Liberal slide

Most people are polite at Berwick Station as they’re accosted by Labor candidate Laura Smyth, but she has a huge challenge to hold La Trobe. Crikey spent the day in the outer-Melbourne seat.

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