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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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Ladies’ choice: secret Labor doc shows affirmative action gains

The Victorian branch of the ALP is still falling behind the national target when it comes to female representation, but with fewer men being elected this time around, gains are being made.

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Labor’s moral victory

Crikey writers talk Bandt’s Greenstown, how western Sydney was saved and what’s to like about Labor.

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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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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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Rundle mythbusts Abbott’s victory

It was a landslide! Tony Abbott has a mandate! The result was a repudiation of Labor’s dysfunction! Wrong, wrong and wrong. Crikey takes you through why Abbott’s victory is not what you think.

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Lazy voters + broken system = sport, motoring lobbies in Senate

Almost a quarter of Australians voted for small parties in the Senate this time around, and the bizarre flow of preferences has elected very strange micro-parties. Here’s the state of play.

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Disunity was death for a government with a strong record

Labor managed the economy well and achieved significant reforms, but ultimately simply couldn’t govern itself. Voters were always going to punish them for it.

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Poll Bludger: what role the minor parties could play tomorrow

Plenty of people have dismissed the Palmer United Party as a rich man’s ego trip, but its potential for disruption shouldn’t be underestimated.

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Why neither major party is addressing indigenous poverty

Despit the epidemic of indigenous poverty, neither major party has a comprehensive policy to address it. Jon Altman, professor at ANU’s Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, says only the Greens have a different approach.

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A sting in the tail for the winner of Longman

Freelance journalist James Rose visits the Queensland seat of Longman and finds that whether pint-sized MP Wyatt Roy holds on or not, victory might not be all it’s cracked up to be.

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Million-dollar snafu as parties distribute illegal HTVs

Labor, Liberals, the Greens and the Sex Party have all been caught out by new rules on how-to-vote cards, with all parties incorrectly formatting some of their cards. It could be a costly mistake.

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Crikey losing its way but for Keane’s moral compass

Crikey readers talk the problem with the major parties and surveillance state.

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The case for why Australians should pay even more tax

Australia can have low taxes and balanced budgets, or balanced budgets and high-quality public services, but not all three, write Centre for Policy Development fellows Miriam Lyons, Shaun Wilson, Adam Stebbing and Adrian March.

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Foreign aid policy head-to-head: what would the Coalition do?

What would a Coalition government do with Australia’s foreign aid? Associate Director Robin Davies of ANU’s Development Policy Centre has examined both sides to compile an election policy brief.

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Yeah, science!

Crikey readers have their say on Greens how-to-vote cards, science journalism and the political meanderings of Guy Rundle.

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Privacy and media

Crikey readers have their say on privacy and journalists collecting their information, the disadvantages of being a small party and the meaning of “huis clos”.

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The Liberals betting it all on western Sydney

Guy Rundle is on the campaign trail in the western Sydney seat of Reid, where chipmunky blokes fight forgettable faces for the key seats in this election.

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Campaign scorecard: Beattie surprise gives Rudd the splash

Crikey asks the sharpest political commentators which leader got the best of the campaigning day yesterday, plus we track where the leaders are and what cash promises they’ve made …

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Tips and rumours

Parties’ postal vote rort raising hackles … who is Jaymes Diaz? … Waterhouse sells out … Maccas update

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Peter Beattie is the anti-politician Rudd and Labor need

Brisbane-based political analyst Dr Mark Bahnisch says Peter Beattie was the original Kevin Rudd — a charismatic Queensland politician who ruled through personality, not politics.

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Choosing the Greens behind door number two

Small shifts in the Greens vote aren’t always the disaster some parts of the media beat them up as. The party has a great opportunity to capitalise on Labor’s tougher boats policy.

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Make a present of Christmas Island

Crikey readers talk Hotham preselection, Tony Abbott on carbon emissions and a novel plan for asylum seekers.

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Preference count: the fine art of shafting one’s coalition partner

Labor and the Liberals are considering a preference deal to shut out their junior coalition partners. The parties need to decide: who is the real enemy here?

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Back from the dead to bury Labor? Rudd returns as PM

Kevin Rudd is back, three years after Julia Gillard removed him from the prime ministership. That’s justice for Rudd, but more uncertainty for a still deeply divided Labor caucus.

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