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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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Feeney: these days, everyone’s a Labor powerbroker

The Australian insists factionalism is alive and well in the Labor Party, but Senator David Feeney argues it’s the breaking down of factional power driving the modern party.

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White politics is democracy, black politics is dysfunction

Wow. Black politics is factionalised. And just run by me what white politics is again, writes Chris Graham, managing editor of Tracker magazine.

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Greens, DLP and women line up to skewer Moreland’s blokey Labor faction

The bond developed between Victoria’s Moreland councillors could make the preference arrangements at next year’s state election very interesting, judging by actions at the latest council meeting.

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Victorian ALP slides in behind Brumby’s man

When the Victorian press pack decides to focus on what did or didn’t happen five years ago between consenting adults in an Adelaide golf club car park, you know it’s been a quiet weekend in state politics.

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Larvartus Prodeo | FEDERAL|

Bahnisch: Liberals fight over their own soul

The CPRS battles within the Liberal party have nothing to do with good public policy or climate change, says Mark Bahnisch — it’s a contest over the spoils of opposition and the ideological direction of the party itself.

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The NSW Right strikes back, Stalin recalled

The ALP national executive’s decision yesterday to include Macquarie in its regime of central preselection impositions has sparked a wave of dissent from waring factions in the premier state.

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NSW|

The NSW Left’s big weekend

Few party officials effortlessly wield as much power as seen at last weekend’s NSW ALP conference. It was Luke Foley’s conference, writes Joe Sammaras.

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The Daily Telegraph | NSW|

How Rees’ secret plot unfolded

Nathan Rees’ axing of ministers Joe Tripodi and Ian Macdonald was a carefully plotted and highly secretive affair, according to Labor insiders. The Tele reveals how it all unfolded “under the cover of darkness”. Straight out of Le Carré!

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NSW|

Joe Tripodi’s smoke and mirrors finally exposed

It was almost possible, but not quite, to feel sorry for Joe Tripodi as he resigned yesterday, writes NSW ALP watcher Prue Believer. The real power in the NSW Right now rests with Canberra.

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The Sydney Morning Herald | UNCATEGORIZED|

Clennell: Rees cuts out the cancer of the NSW ALP

Nathan Rees made a risky but necessary incision into the NSW ALP caucus yesterday, says Andrew Clennell, removing powerbrokers Eddie Obeid and Joe Tripodi. Whether the party’s factional fractures can really be cured is another question, though.

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Talking the Town: Launch of The Making of Julia Gillard

ALP factions and fiction at the launch of Jacqueline Kent’s new book, The Making of Julia Gillard, last night. Social butterfly Andrew Crook has the inside scoop.

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Democrats’ brave foray into 21st century hits a snag

The Australian Democrats’ new website was unceremoniously pulled offline last week after a factional flame war flared between the Christian Centrists and more progressive party members, tells a Democrats insider.

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The Age | FEDERAL|

Kevin Rude: F*#^ing tough on perks

Our honourable PM Kevin Rudd drops the F bomb in Labor meetings. Shock horror! Rudd turns rude when it comes to pollies’ perks, quips Katharine Murphy.

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Branch stacking brouhaha: Victorian ALP factions fight it out

Senior members of the Victorian ALP’s Left faction have accused John Brumby’s ruling Right faction of rank hypocrisy over branch stacking.

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The Daily Telegraph | NSW|

Della Bosca poised to attack

NSW Health Minister John Della Bosca has been plotting the downfall of Premier Nathan Rees for several months now, according to Daily Telegraph sources — but he’ll have to get through Joe Tripodi and Eddie Obeid first.

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The Daily Telegraph | FEDERAL|

Labor conference in danger of being boring

At Labor’s national conference later this week, for the first time in recent history, the party’s industrial wing will vote as a bloc instead of dividing along factional lines — and it could make for a seriously snoozy symposium, warns Malcolm Farr.

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