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Poll Bludger: SA byelection will define balance of power

The unfortunate death of South Australian state independent Bob Such has triggered a byelection in the seat of Fisher. This presents a make-or-break opportunity for the SA Liberals.

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Poll Bludger: SA Libs should embrace the American dream

The South Australian Liberal Party is trying to bastardise the Westminster system further to deliver it the results it wants. But Crikey’s Poll Bludger says that’s a lost cause — it’s time to think bigger.

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SA Labor’s fourth-term cabinet: Weatherill ditches Treasury, one shock

(Barely) re-elected South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill will drop the Treasury portfolio. And there could be other surprises, write David Washington and Kevin Naughton at InDaily.

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The case against fracking

Crikey readers have their say about the government of South Australia, getting one’s own credit history and the case against fracking.

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Adelaide’s quiet powerbrokers: the people who’ll decide SA’s election

South Australia is in flux. Labor will lose power; the mining boom is ending; Holden is leaving. There’s a new coterie of power players making their mark. Here’s who you should keep an eye on.

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iSentia index: SPC, the ABC and KP get Australians talking

A busy week in Australian politics, with the government copping as much angry rhetoric as it gives out.

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If we need to cut wages, let’s look at the fat cats

Crikey readers talk South Australia’s looming election and where to start with cutting wages.

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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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In South Australia, Jay4SA a bizarre mirror image of Kevin07

The brains behind Kevin07 are turning to Jay4SA. But InDaily editor David Washington says the last seven years have not been kind to the Labor Party — and Jay Weatherill is facing a very different battle.

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Why the ‘wrong’ party could win SA’s state election

South Australia has tried to ensure its electoral boundaries are fair to ensure the majority party wins government. But it does not always work out that way.

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In Holden’s wake, let the market, not government, pick winners

The evidence is mounting that government grants for business don’t work. InDaily journalist Kevin Naughton finds past subsidies to businesses have done more harm than good.

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iSentia index: bushfires, boats and bans (oh my)

A big media week for politicians at state and federal levels, with all manner of disasters to mollify.

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SA election preview: Labor could hold on, but does it matter?

Neither Labor nor the Liberals are particularly inspiring in South Australia, writes InDaily commentator and Channel Nine political reporter Tom Richardson.

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Accountability needed over bungling SA child abuse case

A South Australian school and the Education Department failed to notify parents that a care worker at the school had sexually abused a child. InDaily editor David Washington asks: who is to blame?

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Sentia Media index: Armstrong tops state pollie peloton

Moving up the Sentia Media political index this week were state politicians Campbell Newman and Jay Weatherill, while Lance Armstrong nearly doubled Julia Gillard’s coverage figures thanks to his Oprah confessional.

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SA government’s election strategy laid bare in reshuffe

Jay Weatherill’s new-look South Australian cabinet reveals an election strategy that will have to cover over big cuts. The Premier himself has stepped up to massage the numbers, writes David Washington of InDaily.

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SA Premier (and money man?) risks stability of his government

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill will reshuffle his cabinet and possibly give himself the plum role of treasurer. Though it’s hard to see why he’d want it, writes InDaily editor David Washington.

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Spectre of child protection inquiry hangs over SA Premier

As SA Premier Jay Weatherill enters the run up to the 2014 election, he’s dogged by a high-profile inquiry into alleged cover-ups of sexual abuse at an Adelaide school. InDailyeditor David Washington explains.

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The ratings bell tolls for South Australia’s finances

The bell rang yesterday on South Australia’s public sector financial performance. It was heard loud and clear in Adelaide’s private sector boardrooms, writes Kevin Naughton of InDaily.

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Kloppers’ visit confirms Olympic Dam a pipe dream

Just what is the status of the Olympic Dam expansion plan? BHP boss Marius Kloppers finally made it clear yesterday — it’s nothing but a pipe dream. Kevin Naughton of InDaily reports.

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‘Honest Izzy’ kicks another SA own goal

Isobel Redmond’s “Honest Izzy” factor has again fuelled speculation about the Liberal leadership in South Australia. Des Ryan of InDaily reports from Adelaide.

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Newspoll: SA on a different political planet

The latest Newspoll measuring voting intentions in South Australia shows the state looking like it belongs to a different planet from NSW and Queensland. Premier Jay Weatherill is enjoying strong ratings — even if Labor isn’t actually ahead, writes William Bowe.

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Mayne: Arbib blazes the trail, now it’s Swan’s turn

The best thing Wayne Swan could do is negotiate a suicide pact with Mark Arbib, his old Nambour High schoolmate.

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There’s no Holden back Weatherill’s honesty

As the Rann circus packs away the tent and trundles into the political night, the newly arrived Weatherill Show reminds of an end-of-season football trip in 1973, writes Kevin Naughton of InDaily.

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What are you waiting for, Mike? SA says it’s time to go

Mike Rann ended his premiership a diminished figure, as they all mostly do. The price to be paid for a prolonged period in power is people inevitably grow sick of you, writes Des Ryan of InDaily.

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