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The NSW disease: Barry O’Farrell infected, now who’s next?

While we may not yet know the full story on why Barry O’Farrell resigned, there is much more to the story on AWH’s lobbying efforts in respect to both the Labor and Liberal NSW governments.

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Liberals, in denial over O’Farrell’s error, should learn from this

As NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell heads for the exit, shooting the messenger won’t help the Liberals. Incestuous links with business will continue to inflict damage on the party, especially in a party branch as inept as NSW.

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O’Farrell — and NSW voters — pay the price for an inexplicable lapse

Barry O’Farrell’s premiership has been brought to an end by a bizarre lapse in memory. But will politicians realise their close relations with business are the real problem?

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iSentia index: WA Senate and ICAC get people talking

The ICAC hearing and WA Senate do-over kept party leaders at the forefront of political discussion across the country.

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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: light at the end of the tunnel edition

Julia Gillard reviews Game of Thrones, Arthur Sinodinos can’t recall much of anything, and the Greens are OK in WA.

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Saville’s Shout: money and politics … ‘be interesting’ … Coalition squabbles …

Arthur Sinodinos left the confines of public life for a well-paying job at NAB, but Australian Water Holdings beckoned …

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Tips and rumours

Australia Network goes all-out for Abbott’s visit, but can it survive? … Sinodinos gives ‘no promises’ … factcheck: Clive Palmer …

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What about the fat cats?

Crikey readers talk Martin Parkinson, Arthur Sinodinos’ memory problems and where the “hand on heart” gesture came from.

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Sinodinos takes the stand: if he didn’t know, it doesn’t wash

Stood-down federal government minister Arthur Sinodinos took the stand at the Independent Commission Against Corruption in Sydney this morning. So how much trouble is he in? Crikey was in the hearing.

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Water into coal: Sinodinos’ Cuesta holding raises questions, too

Arthur Sinodinos has held onto his shares in Cuesta Coal, a small firm he chaired in 2010-11. Why has he held onto it for so long? And what’s the connection to Labor figure Eddie Obeid?

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iSentia index: Abbott and Sinodinos keep the cycle spinning

It was a week of leaders sticking by their men in the wake of controversy, across state and federal politics.

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Sinodinos the chairman: what he really should have known

Australian Water Holdings was a small enough entity for its former chairman, stood-aside government minister Arthur Sinodinos, to know what was going on. So why didn’t he?

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Tips and rumours

Publishing on ethical investment … AFR entourage off to China … Gym fight turns to NSW … The fear campaign on boozy violence …

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Did the pensioners save financial consumer protection?

Opposition from two key groups created a major impediment to the government’s repeal of FOFA. And both, surprisingly, are Coalition heartland.

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Saville’s Shout: politics’ revolving door … antisocial app …

With Australia allowing — even encouraging — politicians to profit from holding ministerial portfolios once they retire from politics, is it any wonder Arthur Sinodinos is in hot water?

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Banks get what they paid for on ‘consumer protection’

Mathias Cormann enjoys the confidence of the last remaining supporter of the repeal of FOFA — $10,000 worth of it.

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Tips and rumours

We’ll have the scampi at Pell’s farewell dinner … Sinodinos, why so modest? … RiotACT may pull through …

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No case for standing aside, but Sinodinos couldn’t have done his job

There were no grounds for Arthur Sinodinos to stand aside, but with all the attention he couldn’t have done his job at a crucial moment in his quest to gut FOFA.

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Sinodinos’ FOFA repeal looking shaky as critics multiply

What looked in January like a sneaky win for the big banks on financial advice has turned messy for Arthur Sinodinos as more critics of his gutting of the Future of Financial Advice reforms emerge.

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Coalition embraces big bank gouge that even Howard rejected

The Abbott government wants to allow conduct by financial planners that will boost the banks and has long been banned — and which even the Howard government refused to legalise.

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Surprise attack: Coalition unleashes $130b hit on retirement incomes

The Coalition is looking to destroy the Future of Financial Advice reforms that would have ended gouging and conflicts of interest in the financial planning industry — and it will be a massive cost to consumers.

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Coalition changes its self-managed super tune as regulators fret

The concerted warnings by regulators about the over-exposure of the self-managed super sector to property present a significant challenge for the new government, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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The egos of community radio

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

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Keane’s week in review: Gillard journeys west, without Monkey

Labor’s western Sydney strategy makes sense but isn’t likely to be any more successful than the Howard government’s last gasp efforts to save itself.

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Why Cory Bernardi finally had to go

Right-wing Senator Cory Bernardi has at last gone too far even for Tony Abbott and lost his position on the Coalition frontbench, as Crikey’s Bernard Keane and Sally-Anne Curtain report.

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