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Tips and rumours

Latika Bourke shifts to Fairfax … WA hospital whistleblower ignored? … Sharri Markson on Joe Aston’s dating life …

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QLD|

The ‘electoral reform’ song and dance in Queensland

The major parties are fired up about electoral reform in Queensland. But guess who benefits? The major parties, of course. Anthony Pink, data analyst and returning officer for the Queensland Greens, explains.

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Labor’s legacy under Abbott’s axe: what will survive?

The Abbott government wants to hack down much of Labor’s legacy. We investigate which Labor reforms are likely to survive, and who history may come to judge as the better PM out of Rudd and Gillard.

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Tips and rumours

Dirty tricks in the Tas, SA election campaigns? … wannabe Fairfax cadets get the cull … the case of the mouldy chemo …

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SA|

Labor ‘fatally wounded’ ahead of SA election in Farrell fracas

An extraordinary morning in SA politics has crippled the Labor government ahead of the March state election. InDaily editor David Washington explains what happened.

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VIC|

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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Tips and rumours

ALP candidate ‘self-medicates’ at election party? … Lavish Austrade tour … grumbles over Clive Palmer’s resort …

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Live from the vestibule, Pope Paul recalls the good ol’ days

Kerry O’Brien’s interviews with Paul Keating are revealing and, at times, guff and hagiographic. Will we see more of the “real” Keating in the coming episodes?

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Essential: voters wary of Commission of Audit’s options — except one

Voters are not disposed to like many of the options the new Commission of Audit is likely to consider — they’re wary of privatisations and cutting welfare. But there is one area the public would like to see major reform.

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Why they’re wild about Tanya: the life and times of Labor’s new deputy

Tanya Plibersek is now at the front of the queue to be Labor’s next prime minister. Who is she, how did she rise in Parliament, and who’s on her side? Freelance journalist Sally Whyte examines the record.

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A world tour of direct elections for party leader

Australian Labor is following the lead of the UK and NZ in giving members a vote in selecting party leader. Freelance journalist David Donaldson takes a look at how the schemes work overseas.

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Tips and rumours

Leigh Sales pregnant … Labor tells people to vote Lib Dems … Big Brother at APN? …

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Don’t blame Abbott — the Left loves to lose

Progressives need to be aware that this is a long game, and while the conservatives have won the battle, it’s progressives who always win the war.

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Crikey Blogs | AUSTRALIA|

Death by committee — the culture of timidity in political speechwriting

Former Rudd government speech writer Martin McKenzie-Murray says politicians and their advisers need to trust their speech writers to win hearts and minds.

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Who won the campaign — the final verdict from our pundits

Over the last five weeks, Crikey has been bringing you the verdicts of Australia’s best political commentators, on the bitter day-to-day struggle for the Lodge. As the campaign draws to a close, we went to them one last time to find out who they thought had won the best campaign in 2013 and why:

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A Crikey guide to pork barrelling in the federal election

Pork barrelling writ large. Here’s our Crikey guide to where the major parties have promised to spend money — and Queensland is the hands-down winner, while SA gets next to nothing.

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On the trail with Craig Thomson, the David of Dobell

Facing 173 criminal charges over the alleged misuse of credit cards and other matters, Craig Thomson is defiantly contesting a seat he cannot win. Is he a little mad, in denial … or looking to make a few dollars?

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A day out in Denison, where a familiar face counts for plenty

A day out on the campaign trail in Andrew Wilkie’s seat of Denison shows the power of personal connection — and pork-barrelling. Crikey hits the road with Wilkie and ALP candidate Jane Austin in Hobart.

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How the parties trick you into handing over personal information

The major parties are fooling people into handing over personal information in the guise of applications for a postal vote. Here’s how the ruse works — and how to avoid it.

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Replacing Crean: a guide to the ALP’s Hotham preselection

The ALP will soon pick a candidate to replace Simon Crean in the Victorian electorate of Hotham. We take a detailed look at who’s likely to win.

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The party’s over: which clubs have the most members?

Australia’s political parties are on the nose as they desperately try to sandbag dwindling membership. Crikey has investigated which parties, teams and clubs have the most members — and you might be surprised at the results.

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Vale the chastely behaved Christopher Pearson, from one who knew him

Crikey readers have their say on the issues of the day.

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Labor: dead, broken or poised for a comeback?

Putting Labor back together again Roger Kelly writes: Re. “Leadership is a distraction, Labor is broken” (yesterday). I have, over recent years, been constantly appalled by the commercial press (and occasionally Crikey) contributing to the “Hate the government” diatribe, delivering an unceasing torrent of opinion-as-news. In my life, I have never seen such a willing and […]

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Crikey calling: who will be PM next week?

Will Julia Gillard still be PM in a week? Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane games the situation with Crikey deputy editor Cathy Alexander — and suggests the ALP’s problems go much, much deeper than Gillard.

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Leadership number crunch: Gillard ahead, but gap closing

Who would win a leadership showdown between Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd? Crikey looks at each Labor MP and crunches the numbers — and we find the gap is narrowing. We also look at who the key figures are. Watch this space …

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