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Why Labor bit the bullet and dumped the East West Link

Labor’s recent announcement that it will now oppose the East West Link is not so much a reversal of position as the outcome of a flawed initial decision, writes former Victorian Labor MP Tony Lupton.

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Why aren’t uni students jumping to the Left?

You’d think the debate over fee regulation would send student politicians Leftward, but the reality is very different, write Sally Whyte and Myriam Robin.

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Cooking with gas: LNG pipeline proposed to supply east coast

APA wants to build a billion-dollar pipeline to connect the gas supply in the Northern Territory with the east coast. And that might not be such a bad idea …

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Geoff Shaw sideshow strands Napthine in political quagmire

The Victorian government should be showing leadership and purpose rather than tying itself in knots over the member for Frankston, writes former Labor Victorian MP Tony Lupton.

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WILLIAM BOWE | VIC |

Poll Bludger: a tale of two state Liberal governments

It is the best of times (for Mike Baird), it is the worst of times (for Denis Napthine). How is it that the NSW government is able to maintain the goodwill of voters, while its Victorian counterpart languishes?

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Geoff Shaw and the curious case of suspended sentences

Will Geoff Shaw be able to resume his seat, and will his apology to Parliament pass muster? Tony Lupton, former Labor member of Victorian Parliament, explains.

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GUY RUNDLE | VIC |

Rundle: Victorian Greens optimistic, but rumblings beneath the surface

The Victorian Greens are polling well and hope to take out more than one seat at this year’s state poll. But where to concentrate finite resources?

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BERNARD KEANE | VIC |

WikiLeaks reveals (not so) superinjunction

WikiLeaks’ revelation of a Victorian Court gag order recalls that the overuse of such orders can be defeated by the threat of online exposure.

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Victoria talks up protecting cops while hanging them out to dry

Victoria has proposed new legislation to keep its police safe — but when it comes to compensation claims, the state holds emergency workers at arm’s length. Former Labor Party state member Tony Lupton reveals the hypocrisy.

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BERNARD KEANE | VIC |

McClure report fails on key issue of low-income housing

Access to housing is a key issue in welfare reform that has been missed by the McClure report

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SALLY WHYTE | VIC |

Bagpipes and faith healing: an evening with Geoff Shaw

After a week in which he was suspended from Victorian Parliament, Geoff Shaw entertains and offends at the Wheeler Centre.

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WILLIAM BOWE | VIC |

With fancy footwork, Napthine buys time

Victoria is less likely to be heading to an early election, with the Napthine government skillfully heading off Labor’s plan to oust independent MP Geoff Shaw.

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Lawyers at 20 paces as Victoria’s crisis turns constitutional

Labor will today try to expel controversial MP Geoff Shaw. It is acting upon legal advice, but it is likely the move will result in a legal challenge. ACIL Allen Consulting public policy and governance expert Stephen Bartos explains the looming battle.

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On the mean streets of Frankston, there is support for Geoff Shaw

Victorian MP Geoff Shaw may have been roundly condemned in the MSM for sparking a parliamentary crisis — but in his electorate of Frankston, Crikey intern Jake Stevens found he’s quite popular.

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Anti-abortion street harassment is not peaceful protest

A women’s health clinic is taking Melbourne City Council to court to force it to protect the health and wellbeing of patients and staff. Maurice Blackburn associate Lizzie O’Shea says the anti-abortion activists outside the clinic are not exercising their rights to free assembly, they are threatening the health of vulnerable women.

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Dark Knight: is a law to keep the Hoddle St killer imprisoned constitutional?

Victorian Parliament wants to pass a law to deny Julian Knight any possibility of parole. But Maurice Blackburn associate Lizzie O’Shea says it is on shaky constitutional ground.

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BERNARD KEANE | VIC |

Toyota decision should herald the immediate end of car tariffs

The decision by Toyota to end manufacturing in Australia means there is no further rationale for our remaining car tariffs. The government should immediately dump them.

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Constitutional crisis in Victoria? Shaw, Napthine and possible scenarios

The Victorian government is hanging by a thread as independent Geoff Shaw threatens to block supply. So how might this play out? And can Denis Napthine survive until the election?

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How Victoria is quietly riding roughshod over basic freedoms

If a bill passes Victorian Parliament this month police will have extraordinary powers to curtail public assembly. Lizzie O’Shea, associate in the social justice practice at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, says basic human rights are under attack.

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CRIKEY INTERN | VIC |

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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CRIKEY INTERN | VIC |

Open for debate? Taxpayers’ big investment in a fortnight of tennis

The Australian Open costs taxpayers millions to keep in Melbourne, but is it money well spent? Crikey intern Broede Carmody reports.

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WILLIAM BOWE | VIC |

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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Backwards step: Labor flouts affirmative action rules

Labor’s powerful national executive has intervened to allow male-heavy preselections for the Victorian election. Emily’s List research fellow Tanja Kovac asks: the party has a rule on affirmative action, so why is it being ignored?

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BERNARD KEANE | VIC |

How high-speed rail could destroy your suburb

Protecting the corridor of a high-speed rail network that will never be built will inflict significant damage on outer suburbs in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

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ANDREW CROOK | VIC |

Ladies’ choice: secret Labor doc shows affirmative action gains

The Victorian branch of the ALP is still falling behind the national target when it comes to female representation, but with fewer men being elected this time around, gains are being made.

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