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Mayne: senators should reform campaign finance, not just talk about it

Mayne: senators should reform campaign finance, not just talk about it

Stephen MayneApr 20, 20161 Comment

Why on Earth can't the federal parties initiate at least some basic campaign finance reforms?

Essential: state governments all lead but Xenophon's on the march

Essential: state governments all lead but Xenophon's on the march

Bernard KeaneApr 4, 20164 Comments

State governments in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia all lead their oppositions in the latest state polling figures from Essential Report.

Mayne: inside mayor Doyle’s credit card snafu

Mayne: inside mayor Doyle’s credit card snafu

Stephen MayneMar 9, 2016

The upside of this controversy will be an increase in council transparency.

Mayne: Kevin Andrews should retire, so Wilson and Downer can serve

Mayne: Kevin Andrews should retire, so Wilson and Downer can serve

Stephen MayneFeb 22, 201610 Comments

Kevin Andrews' retirement from his safe Liberal seat, Menzies, would benefit his own party.

Mayne: property tax reform, rate-capping and Murdoch family rent-seeking

Stephen MayneFeb 18, 20163 Comments

The upshots of the Victorian government's rate-capping exercise.

If you can't be with the govt you love, love the one you're with

If you can't be with the govt you love, love the one you're with

Myriam RobinJan 13, 20167 Comments

Most voters seem pretty content with their current state leaders, according to Essential.

Mayne: NSW council mergers are well overdue

Mayne: NSW council mergers are well overdue

Stephen MayneDec 21, 201514 Comments

Like Jeff Kennett's before him, Mike Baird's council amalgamation is a wise move.

Business bites: East West mess

Business bites: East West mess

CrikeyDec 15, 20151 Comment

Auditor-general's report damns Tony's infrastructure handout.

Lake flaccid: Hazelwood's 'final solution' a wet hot mess

Lake flaccid: Hazelwood's 'final solution' a wet hot mess

CrikeyDec 14, 20156 Comments

Open-cut mines turned into beautiful lakes, what could be wrong with that? Freelance writer Tom Doig is sure the citizens of the valley 500 years in the future will enjoy them.

Mayne: East West (plus rail) farce a pox on both their houses

Mayne: East West (plus rail) farce a pox on both their houses

Stephen MayneDec 10, 20157 Comments

Crikey can exclusively reveal the Lend Lease-led consortium offered a rail alignment to both the Napthine Coalition government and the Andrews Labor government as part of the East West project, but was secretly rebuffed by both.