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Election Deciders

Forget Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard, who’ll really decide the federal election? The Power Index profiles the influential insiders, flacks and tabloid hacks whose frenzied focus will be firmly fixed on the race to the Lodge. READ MORE

The campaign directors The strategists
The spinners The unionists The lobbyists The ad creatives
The money bags The TV directors The tabloid editors The pollsters

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The Power Index counts down the top 10 “election deciders”, the definitive list of influential insiders, flacks and tabloid hacks whose frenzied focus between now and mid-September will be firmly fixed on the race to the Lodge.

For the next four months — and for most of the last three — these committed warriors have awoken every day with one thing on their minds: the struggle for supremacy in Canberra and the strategic interventions that could sway the result. Now we name them — the wheelers and dealers, headkickers and head honchos, silver tongues and message masseuses that will loom large in a federal election year.

Carbon Cutters

The carbon cutters are driving the country’s low-emissions economy. The Power Index profiles the business chiefs, lawyers, regulators and bureaucrats reforming a carbon-hungry economy in a highly politicised environment.

Business Directors

Who are the most powerful people in Australian boardrooms? Beyond the bosses, a small clutch of well-connected, highly influential directors are driving corporate strategy in the nation’s top ASX-listed companies.