Andrew CrookJun 7, 20132 Comments
Crikey has been counting down the most powerful people in the fight for the 2013 federal election. Here's our number one: the campaign directors. Who are these people, and what tack are they taking in 2013?
Andrew CrookJun 6, 2013
Our top pollies' chiefs of staff Ben Hubbard and Peta Credlin are invaluable to their respective leaders, sending their troops into battle, calming hot tempers and negotiating back-room deals. The Power Index finds out what makes these political powerbrokers tick.
Andrew CrookJun 5, 20132 Comments
The election is roughly 100 days away, and the parties' spinners are fired up -- planting stories, shilling images, shaping the message and the nightly news. These wily party types massage the message and try to get their candidate's face on TV -- for all the right reasons. But do Gillard and Abbott have the best spinners in place?
Andrew CrookJun 4, 2013
That the industrial relations issue has been neutralised in the federal election campaign is testament to the power unions still hold over federal politics. Can the labour movement regroup to help Labor at the polls in 2013?
Andrew CrookMay 30, 2013
Government not spruiking your particular corporate interest enough? No worries -- just take to the airwaves yourself with a relatively small ad buy, as these special interests have done, and you can easily influence policy, win elections and even topple leaders.
Matthew KnottMay 29, 20132 Comments
Television will again be the key battleground for the 2013 election, and creatives are busy working to briefs. The Power Index asks: who's behind them?
Cathy AlexanderMay 28, 20132 Comments
"It's a battle of ideas, not money," says Clive Palmer of the election. But the two aren't mutually exclusive. So who's holding the bag for their respective leaders -- and who's providing the cash? The Power Index investigates.
Matthew KnottMay 23, 20135 Comments
The nightly TV news remains the key battleground for the federal election. So who are the all-powerful news directors who oversee their stations' coverage of the election campaign at Seven, Nine and the ABC? The Power Index talks to them -- as well as some well-placed insiders -- to see how they'll cover election 2013.
Andrew CrookMay 22, 201312 Comments
How much power do the nation's tabloid editors really wield when it comes to influencing our electoral process? Plenty, if you believe political operatives. Not only for what's in print but how they influence the agenda for the rest of the day. For Labor it's a lost cause.
Bernard KeaneMay 21, 20133 Comments
Polling will definitely influence the election outcome on September 14 -- but not necessarily in the way you think. Evidence that polling directly influences how people vote is mixed -- especially in Australia where nobody wants to be the front-runner.