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CHARLES RICHARDSON | AUSTRALIA | UNLOCK?

Could the Vic Liberals still swing it?

The betting markets seem convinced that Denis Napthine will wake up on Sunday as opposition leader, but do the numbers really stack up?

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From one Dan to another: Andrews, you’ve got an image problem

Freelance writer Dan Wood has made that crucial transition from Daniel to Dan — and he’s got some advice for Victoria’s Labor leader on how to do the same.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 2 UNLOCK?

More data confirms non-existence of alcohol ‘epidemic’

Detailed data on Australians’ drug use confirms that we are consuming less alcohol, and consuming it more responsibly, than ever.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 20 UNLOCK?

Keane: another week, another shocker for a troubled government

The government has suffered yet another bad week — and with no relief in sight.

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WILLIAM BOWE | AUSTRALIA | 2 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: the top five Victorian bellwether seats

Victoria heads to the polls on Saturday, and things look pretty grim for the Liberal party, as they try desperately to hold on to some of these battleground seats.

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AUSTRALIA | 7 UNLOCK?

‘Full confidence’? David Johnston better watch his back

Tony Abbott has “full confidence” in the Defence Minister. That is probably not good for David Johnston’s career. Freelance journalist Andrei Ghoukassian looks at the political kiss of death.

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SALLY WHYTE | AUSTRALIA | 2

Stephen Mayne unveils election promises, set in stone

Crikey founder Stephen Mayne launches our Set In Stone project, urging politicians to keep their promises.

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AUSTRALIA | 1 UNLOCK?

Dollar and China will drive a switch in RBA thinking

Weakening growth won’t shift the Reserve Bank’s thinking on interest rates as much as the strength of the dollar and how the Chinese property market fares, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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ALEX MITCHELL | AUSTRALIA | 1 UNLOCK?

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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AUSTRALIA | 2 UNLOCK?

Style guide: image consultants assess Victorian leaders

Crikey Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss asks professional image consultants what to make of “Dan” Andrews and Denis Napthine.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 14 UNLOCK?

Shorten’s higher ground proves elusive

With a chance to convey his vision for Australia in a set-piece speech, Bill Shorten failed to deliver.

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WILLIAM BOWE | AUSTRALIA | UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: Vic Libs heading for the rocks as independents snipe

The result of Saturday’s Victorian election is all but known for the Liberals — they are likely to be thrown out. But some independents are throwing a spanner in the works for Labor.

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Crikey Blogs | AUSTRALIA |

Would a train to Melbourne Airport be worth it?

There are numerous reasons to think a Tullamarine rail link is not only financially irresponsible, but also unnecessary from a transport and city planning perspective.

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ALEX MITCHELL | AUSTRALIA | 15 UNLOCK?

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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AUSTRALIA | 5 UNLOCK?

Crikey Clarifier: can Palmer claim Lambie’s seat for PUP?

Jacqui Lambie and the Palmer United Party have called it quits, but will she be allowed to stay in the Senate as an independent? Crikey intern Diana Hodgetts investigates.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 16 UNLOCK?

Cormann’s Medibank success reverses a run of privatisation duds

The successful sale of Medibank Private was important to show voters that privatisation can be better than it has been so often in the past.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 4 UNLOCK?

Essential: Labor set for Victorian win on health and education

Labor is poised to win government in Victoria, on the back of voter trust on health and education, an Essential Research poll shows.

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AUSTRALIA | 2

Set in stone: why we’re literally etching Vic election pledges in marble

Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss provides a rundown of all the promises politicians have made ahead of the Victorian state election this Saturday, and why Crikey has decided to carve these commitments in stone.

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Crikey Blogs | AUSTRALIA |

Aboriginal prisoner denied the right to breastfeed her newborn

Aboriginal women are one of the most over-represented groups in prison, writes Debbie Kilroy, CEO of Sisters Inside. And their treatment is not as humane and respectful as prison officials would have you believe.

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WILLIAM BOWE | AUSTRALIA | 11

Poll Bludger: is Victoria in for a new crop of Lambies and Muirs?

Micro-parties could well be in for some seats in Victoria’s upper house, with the Shooters and Fishers and the Country Alliance contenders to get over the line.

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PATRICK BAUME | AUSTRALIA | 1 UNLOCK?

iSentia index: Lambie leaps as PUP split dominates broadcast coverage

The split between Jacqui Lambie and the Palmer United Party kept the media entertained, but voters just weren’t into the personality politics.

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CRIKEY INTERN | AUSTRALIA | 11

Clive’s burn book

After Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie cut ties with the Palmer United Party, Clive had a few choice words about her. Crikey intern Diana Hodgetts compiles Clive’s sickest burns.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 50 UNLOCK?

Outbreak of entitlement confuses ABC critics

Critics of the ABC board’s decision on spending cuts think the ABC can be both national and efficient, when it can’t be both at once.

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GUY RUNDLE | AUSTRALIA | 38 UNLOCK?

Rundle: how Lambie could bring down our cosy, undemocratic oligarchy

Jacqui Lambie has become even more of a wild card now that she’s ditched Clive. But what does this fiasco mean for our democracy?

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STEPHEN MAYNE | AUSTRALIA | 22 UNLOCK?

Mayne: Murdoch rent-seeking reaches new high point in Victorian campaign

What the Herald Sun wants, it gets. But should politicians be bullied by a Murdoch tabloid into big spending commitments five days out from an election?

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