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A fix for what’s not broken: why Australia doesn’t need voter ID

Are new rules needed to stop multiple voters from undermining Australian elections? Not according to the local and international evidence, writes Jennifer Rayner at Inside Story.

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Libs likely the losers as WA heads to the polls … again

Western Australians get another crack at the Senate election, and their dissatisfaction with the Abbott government is likely to translate into a win for the Left. But will it matter for the Abbott government?

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The ‘highly emotional and volatile’ world of the WikiLeaks Party

The “independent review” of the WikiLeaks Party’s disastrous preference allocations is in, and is mostly complaints about how a proper review couldn’t be done.

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Broken electoral system, not 1370 votes, to blame for WA mess

An inquiry into how the AEC managed to lose critical votes has laid the blame squarely at the feet of the Electoral Commissioner. But there is plenty to go around.

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The verdict is in on pollsters: Coalition bias, electorate polls fail

The final results are in on the 2013 federal election — so which pollster was closest to the mark? Our crack analyst crunches the numbers to produce some surprising results.

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Rupert’s changing the world, 140 characters at a time

Media types love Twitter, and octogenarian media mogul Rupert Murdoch is certainly no stranger to the format. Freelance writer Farz Edraki asks: how powerful is Murdoch on Twitter, really?

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Greens and Labor move to end microparty double dipping

A loophole that allows the same person to serve as the registered officer for more than one political party is likely to be closed.

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Welcome to Australia in 2014, an all-Coalition country

It’s likely that the Coalition will hold a near-clean sweep of state governments next year. Crikey hits the archives to ask if this will pose a problem for Tony Abbott.

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Behind the scenes at an AEC vote count

Crikey readers talk the iCloud, spying and what really happens at an AEC vote count.

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Long days, no pizza, widespread mistakes: AEC staff speak out

It’s no surprise mistakes were made in counting votes on election night, according to the Electoral Commission workers who spoke to Sally Whyte. They were overworked, undertrained and standards were slipping.

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iSentia index: all eyes and ears on Queensland

Clive Palmer and Queensland premier Campbell Newman rocketed to the top of the charts thanks to an election win and new anti-bikie laws.

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Palmer misses the point about the AEC

Crikey readers talk the AEC and the Western Australian Senate vote debacle. Plus Guy Rundle and a reader go head-to-head.

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How Julian Assange could become a WA senator

The High Court is almost certainly going to call for a fresh election in WA. That means a fresh set of candidates — and Julian Assange could have another tilt at the Senate.

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Sorry, WA, you’re going back to the polls (don’t blame the AEC)

There may be just one or two votes between two of the minor parties in the Western Australian Senate election, so voters will be heading back to the polls. But that doesn’t mean the system is broken.

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How to avoid a fresh WA Senate election

With 1375 votes missing, will Western Australians be forced back to the polls over the disputed Senate result? The courts will decide, but our resident psephologist says it could be avoided.

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Tips and rumours

Scrutineers imported for WA count? … extra beer for News Ltd’s Sydney reunion … underworld figure helps Sea Shepherd? …

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Mandate wars and the battle for Senate reform

Maybe we should reform Senate voting. But we should do it for the right reasons. All this talk of mandates gets us nowhere, says Crikey’s writer-at-large.

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WA Senate drama: ballot-box anomalies boost Ludlam’s fight

Independent analysis of the WA Senate count shows irregularities that, if fully investigated, could return the Greens’ Scott Ludlam. As it stands, he will lose his seat on the red leather.

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It’s Family First’s Day thanks to Greens preferences in Senate race

A Greens preference deal has snared votes for Sarah Hanson-Young while funneling preferences to conservative former HR Nicholls Society board member Bob Day, who has the effective balance of power.

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Unprecedented: Palmer in Parliament raises tough ethical issues

If Clive Palmer wins a seat in Parliament, should he be allowed to vote on everything? Governance expert Stephen Bartos argues this situation is unprecedented and needs attention.

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You call that an electoral landslide? These were electoral landslides

Tony Abbott did not secure a landslide victory, writes Australian Catholic University psephologist Malcolm Mackerras. In fact, only one Labor government since the 1950s lost in a landslide.

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Sex v Sport: Senate counting inches closer to a result

The picture in the Australian Senate is becoming a little clearer, with more seemingly insignificant candidates are excluded from the count.

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Crikey Calling: the clearing-the-decks podcast

Crikey Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane joins editor Jason Whittaker to look at the first days of a Coalition government: the departmental shake-up and policy challenges ahead.

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When you hate on Mirabella, you’re one step from the fruit bowl

It’s become the hobby du jour in Leftie ghettoes to hate on Sophie Mirabella as she struggles to hold her seat. Mirabella’s crime? She is apparently annoying and unlikeable. Let’s stop and think about that.

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The landslide that wasn’t: how Labor kept its Sydney heartland

The polls pointed to a landslide to the Liberals in Sydney, but Labor managed to retain its base. How did they do it, and how did the polls get it so wrong? Crikey intern Angelo Risso reports.

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