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In Tasmania, even crooks like Gay can run a business

Tasmania’s judges just don’t have a bad word to say about John Gay. How is it the former Gunns boss can run a company again, asks business director and commentator John Addis.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | TAS |

Tasmania wakes to a new era — now comes the hard part

The Liberals have won the Tasmanian election after a long time in the wilderness, consigning Labor and the Greens to history. Here are the biggest challenges they face this term …

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WILLIAM BOWE | TAS |

State polls: two new Liberal-led governments likely, one certain

Liberal oppositions are in the box seat to win government in state elections in Tasmania and South Australia tomorrow. But one of the races could be closer than many think.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | TAS |

Tasmanian forest wars: Liberal win could reignite a decades-old debate

They said the conflict over Tasmania’s forests was over. But with the Liberals poised to win the state election on Saturday, should we be bracing for another round of protests?

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Wilkie: Gillard’s backroom deal — and how she betrayed me

Julia Gillard came to the member for Denison with a curious proposal. Federal MP Andrew Wilkie is now spilling the beans on the secret deal — and why he ultimately tore up an agreement once she stabbed him in the back.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | TAS |

Power down south: the 10 people who’ll decide Tasmania’s election

As Tasmanians prepare to vote in the state election on March 15, Crikey names the most powerful people behind the scenes — the svengalis, staffers, journalists and businesspeople running the apple isle.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | TAS |

Crikey list: the 20 most powerful people in Tasmanian politics

As Tasmania gears up for a state election on March 15, here is Crikey’s list of the 20 most powerful people behind the scenes in the apple isle.

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It’s the end of the ALP as we know it (and Greens feel fine)

The Labor Party is under attack from both sides, writes La Trobe University professorial fellow Dennis Altman at Inside Story. Voters trust the Liberals more to manage the economy; progressives are increasingly turning to the Greens.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | TAS |

Brace yourself for a Liberal whitewash, from east to west

A fresh poll shows the Liberals on track to win the Tasmanian election in March. Will the Coalition hold every state and federal government from March 15?

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CRIKEY INTERN | TAS |

When gay sex was a crime: campaign to expunge records goes national

Victoria and South Australia will finally expunge those convicted of consensual gay sex. So will other states follow? Crikey intern Broede Carmody examines the roadmap.

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WILLIAM BOWE | TAS |

Tasmanian election: Lara is toast, but what about Clive?

The Tasmanian Liberals look set to win the state government at the March poll — but could Clive Palmer’s party cause an upset? Crikey’s polling analyst crunches the numbers.

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WILLIAM BOWE | TAS |

Poll Bludger: Griffith, state polls to test Abbott government mettle

Three state elections and some important byelections are likely to test voters’ loyalty to the newly minted Abbott government. Crikey’s resident polling analyst previews the electoral year.

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Is this threatened species in decline? The devil’s in the detail

Data appears to show populations of Tasmanian devils have stabilised. Biologist Allen Greer asks why you’re not hearing that from the state government or advocates of “saving” the devil.

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GUY RUNDLE | TAS |

Will Brandis boycott the anti-boycott movement?

Calls for anti-boycott legislation by the Tasmanian forest industry will test the free speech bona fides of Attorney-General George Brandis. Will he take up the challenge?

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CATHY ALEXANDER | TAS |

Is this your new PUP balance-of-power Senate warrior?

Jacqui Lambie, a Tasmanian Senate candidate for PUP, looks likely to win a seat and co-hold the balance of power. So who is she?

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CATHY ALEXANDER | TAS |

A day out in Denison, where a familiar face counts for plenty

A day out on the campaign trail in Andrew Wilkie’s seat of Denison shows the power of personal connection — and pork-barrelling. Crikey hits the road with Wilkie and ALP candidate Jane Austin in Hobart.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | TAS |

Denison: this is one seat the major parties might not win

It’s de rigueur to hate independents in this federal election campaign — but Andrew Wilkie is on track to hold his Tasmanian seat, probably with the help of Liberal preferences. What happens next?

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MARGOT SAVILLE | TAS |

Feeling around in the dark, Walsh finds more shocking art

Hobart’s Dark Mofo arts festival, which runs till the Winter Solstice (June 23), is a celebration of the dark through large-scale public art, food and music, as well as “light and noise”.

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Tasmania, the failed state: budget highlights structural woes

Tasmania has too many holes in its budget, amplified by shrinking GST revenue and failing government businesses. Tasmania-based economist and accountant John Lawrence looks at the structural problems.

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Poll Bludger’s seat of the week: can Wilkie hold Denison?

Andrew Wilkie’s snaring of the Hobart seat of Denison was the biggest surprise of the last election. His challenge to keep it during the next one will make for a complicated contest, writes William Bowe.

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ANDREW CROOK | TAS |

Sydney spinners sail to King Island for anti-turbine fight

The PR war over wind turbines on King Island is heating up as professional operatives jump on board. Ben Haslem and John Wells are backing the No TasWind Farm Group to run the project off the island.

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Can Tassie see the deal for the trees? Peace comes at a cost

They’re declaring peace in the forests of Tasmanian. But the deal passed through Parliament isn’t worth much for the environment without further protection for the remaining reserves.

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The $1 billion taxpayer-funded Tassie forestry gravy train

The Tasmanian forestry industry is out for the count. But it is taking $1 billion in taxpayer dollars with it, writes Tasmania-based freelance writer John Lawrence.

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Poll Bludger’s seat of the week: Franklin a worry for Labor

The eastern and outer southern Hobart seat of Franklin has been in the Labor fold for two decades, but the party is said to have grave fears for the seat amid a state-wide collapse in support.

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BERNARD KEANE | TAS |

State polls with ‘federal implications’? Time to kill the myth

The idea that there are “federal implications” of state elections doesn’t hold up under examination. But that doesn’t mean the Gillard government will hold on in this year’s federal election.

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