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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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VIC | 3 UNLOCK?

Same-text marriage: Family First in bed with far-right Christian groups

Despite saying it would preference “centre” parties, Family First has given its preferences to anti-abortion, anti-gay and Islamaphobic parties, write University of Melbourne masters students Elyas Khan, Daryl Holland and Andy Hazel.

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Family (and property) First: micro-party more like a mega-clan

Many of Family First’s network of candidates in Victoria are related to one another (and to state director Ashley Fenn). And they have an awful lot of property developer links, write journalism students Daryl Holland, Elyas Khan and Keryn Reynolds.

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Are the Liberals ‘brownwashing’ the Victorian election?

There is an unusually high number of Liberal candidates from migrant or ethnic backgrounds in this year’s state election. But almost all of them are in unwinnable seats, writes Crikey’s Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss.

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Political ads don’t work — so why do our pollies still fork out for them?

There is a lot of research that shows doorknocking to be vastly more effective for political engagement than TV ads. So why do political campaigns still spend big on ineffective advertising?

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Poll Bludger: why Greens win federally, but struggle in Vic

The Greens are polling well in the lead up to the Victorian state election, but the party has always struggled to turn strong polling into lower house seats.

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VIC | 6

Labor-Greens contest turns nasty in People’s Republic of Northcote

Things are hotting up in the northern Melbourne seat of Northcote — and even a federal MP is getting involved. Crikey Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss reports.

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VIC | 2

Cyclists wheel out a good preference deal, but Country Alliance left hanging

The how-to-vote cards are out, and while the Cyclists Party has done well, the Australian Country Alliance has been left flapping in the breeze. Crikey Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss reports.

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VIC | 9

Shifting alliances and bitter distrust as Vic preference deals go down to the wire

Will the Sex Party preference the Greens? Do the Cyclists like the Rock’n’Roll party? Crikey Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss investigates the complicated web of preference deals.

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Labor and Greens should get together and feel all right

There are plenty of examples overseas of a Green party aligning itself with a Left-leaning party in order to focus on the real enemy: conservatives.

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VIC | 2

Should Tassie devils be introduced to Wilson’s Prom?

Authorities are considering introducing Tasmanian devils onto Wilson’s Prom to decrease the feral cat population. But biologist Allen Greer says there’s little evidence the devils will make any difference.

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HELEN RAZER | VIC |

Razer: Tex Perkins belongs on your iTunes, not your ballot

You may think that voting for Tex Perkins will recapture your youth and save the Palais. But all it could really do is kill any chance of a Labor state government — and unseat its potential arts minister.

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VIC | 2

Libs boost their flagging spirits (and Big Ted gets a look-in) at campaign launch

Bad polls? What bad polls? The Liberals are ebullient in Ballarat — but Palmer hopes to throw a spanner in the works. Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss reports.

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VIC | 5

Labor and the Greens play Deal or No Deal in Victoria

Labor and the Greens are so hellbent on destroying each other that neither is keeping an eye on who the real enemy is, writes Daniel Scoullar, communications consultant and member of the Victorian Greens’ state council.

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WILLIAM BOWE | VIC |

Poll Bludger: federal budget still haunts Vic Libs’ election campaign

With less than a month before the Victorian state election, polls indicate the state government’s popularity is still suffering from Hockey’s ill-received budget.

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VIC | 9

Palmer’s sneak attack on mainstream politics turns into a massacre

Clive Palmer’s party is polling badly and his senators are revolting — but the mining magnate still reckons he can win in Victoria. Crikey’s Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss explains.

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WILLIAM BOWE | VIC | 1

Poll Bludger: redistribution of seats a game changer in Vic election

Since the 2010 election, the shape of Victoria’s electorates has changed dramatically — once-safe Labor seats are now notionally Liberal, and vice versa.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | VIC | 8

Why unpopular leaders win elections while fan favourites flounder

Unpopular leaders have a history of winning elections. So why do we bother with the preferred leader poll at all?

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The philosophy of indecision — why Napthine still has a chance

Despite damning polls, undecided voters may still swing the Victorian state election in Napthine’s favour.

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Victorian Liberals face identity crisis as the working class turns blue

As ideology replaces class, the Liberal Party needs to figure out exactly just what it believes in.

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It’s battle of the Victorian conservatives in big-spending Euroa

The coalition deal is off in the rural Victorian seat of Euroa, with a Lib taking on former Baillieu staffer and Nationals candidate Stephanie Ryan. Crikey Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss reports.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | VIC |

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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SALLY WHYTE | VIC | 4

They built this party on rock’n'roll

Gotye’s party may not get the numbers for the Victorian election, but they say this won’t be the last we hear from them.

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VIC | 4

MPs’ corflutes are everywhere, but don’t mention the L-word

Who are these nice-looking people on a baby blue background? Crikey election correspondent Dan Moss finds the word “Liberal” is not exactly being shouted from the rooftops …

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BERNARD KEANE | VIC |

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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