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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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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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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW | 12

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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Crikey Blogs | NSW |

Public transport won’t save the planet — and it doesn’t need to

Regardless of its environmental impact, investing in public transport infrastructure is still a very good idea.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW | 11

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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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW | 12

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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POLL BLUDGER | NSW | 4

Poll Bludger: can Luke Foley woo NSW voters in under three months?

Being a state opposition leader is a tough job, and you’re just as likely to be shunned by your colleagues as you are voters.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW | 8

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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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

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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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

‘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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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

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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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

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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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

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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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

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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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

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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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

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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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

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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NSW |

Abortion should be a routine medical procedure, not a crime

Virulent protesters outside abortion clinics around Australia are only part of the violation of women’s rights perpetuated by anti-abortion laws, writes Caroline de Costa, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at James Cook University.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

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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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

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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STEPHEN MAYNE | NSW |

Mayne: how Melbourne and Sydney do planning differently

Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy is indeed the most transparent in the state’s history. And he also has a distinct fondness for skyscrapers.

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BERNARD KEANE | NSW |

Essential: Labor on track in Victoria — and Palmer collapsing in Qld

Labor remains in the lead in Victoria, polling from Essential Research shows, and Clive Palmer’s party has faded badly in Queensland.

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NSW |

Will the new ultra-Right Liberal guard revive hard-line NSW anti-abortion bill?

Zoe’s Law” seemed destined for a quiet demise in NSW’s upper house, but after ICAC has claimed quite a few Liberal scalps, the political landscape has changed. Freelance journalist Claire Pullen reports.

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WILLIAM BOWE | NSW |

Poll Bludger: McKay forced to accept a parachute as byelections spell trouble for Labor

Even after ICAC revelations tarnish Liberals, NSW Labor still struggles to win public support in weekend byelection.

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