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Libs boost their flagging spirits (and Big Ted gets a look-in) at campaign launch

Bad polls? What bad polls? The Liberals are ebullient in Ballarat — but Palmer hopes to throw a spanner in the works. Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss reports.

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Mayne: how Crown prince Packer conquered Melbourne

The Packer family’s historical influence on Victorian politics helps us better understand the upcoming election.

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Who you gonna call? Meet Australia’s biggest media tart

Who’s Australia’s biggest media tart? From a shallow pool of talent relied on by media to comment on the issues of the day, a few names dominate the airwaves …

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Media briefs: Kennett on Seven … Jaspan heavies unis … GrattsBook …

Former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett is joining the Seven Network to lead its election coverage. And other media tidbits.

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Ghost of NSW government past may haunt Gillard

State politics may prove a boon for Julia Gillard — look at Queensland’s troubled Coalition crew. But how much will the ghost of NSW Labor haunt Gillard, as ICAC continues?

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Ron Walker: I’m still interested in buying The Age

Ron Walker has refused to rule out buying The Age, saying he has a “constant interest” in acquiring the ailing paper. And Jeff Kennett has today publicly backed the cause.

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The national capital gives and state capitals take away

When governments are forced into budget cost cutting it is at the state level that sackings mainly occur.

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GetUp! hits Woolies with EGM tactic from Packer playbook

After James Packer blazed the trail and demonstrated how a full-on media campaign, combined with the calling of an EGM, can destabilise a public company, GetUp! has followed in his footsteps

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Is Jeff Kennett really and truly independent of James Packer?

James Packer’s deployment of Jeff Kennett in his controversial bid to gain a monopoly over high-roller gambling in Australia really does have it all. The angles are endless.

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For sheer audacity, nothing surpasses Packer’s casino play

For sheer audacity, nothing compares with James Packer’s extraordinary decision to requisition an EGM of Echo Entertainment group shareholders to remove John Story and install his old mate Jeff Kennett.

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Liberals wimp out on another byelection

Democracy requires choice, and a party that gets into the habit of denying the voters a choice is failing in its primary duty, however convenient that might be for its elected representatives.

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For Big Ted, it’s time to shift gears

The changing of the guard at the top may be a sign that Ted Baillieu feels it is time to shift gears.

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The conflicts of interest muddying the anti-pokies campaign

As with any public debate, the challenge in the pokies reform will be getting participants to put all their cards on the table and declare these conflicts as they arise. Stephen Mayne declares their interests on the public’s behalf.

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News Ltd, Clubs and NRL v imaginary AFL anti-pokies campaign

The pokies debate has exploded over the past 24 hours after Clubs NSW used its influence over the NRL to try and impose its campaign against Andrew Wilkie’s reform agenda on the AFL’s grand final week program.

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Crimes’ quiz mystery … mis-tweeting Rudd …

The quiz that appeared in Wednesday’s Times2 section of The Canberra Times — with the not-so-coincidental similiarities in answers — has got even the paper’s staff scratching their heads. Plus other media news.

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Victoria’s roads paved with Grand Prix red ink

The big furphy that is gradually being exposed is the size of the grand prix international TV audience, writes Geoffrey Harris of Back Page Lead.

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Kennett: Why NSW should be more like Victoria

Well, this won’t inflame the NSW-Vic tensions at all: former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett says the answers to NSW’s economic woes lie in becoming more like Victoria. Lane-ways bars for all!

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The Liberal Party ‘parent’ who sparked The Age to action

There’s nothing juicier for the media and opposition in an election year than leaked emails and secret documents. Brumby government minister Justin Madden is finding out this morning.

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KK top of the pops, but a bombshell she ain’t

Labor’s “White Lady Funerals strategy” has Kristina Keneally sitting atop the polls. But it’s hard to imagine her as the real circuit-breaker NSW desperately needs to fix its mess.

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Kennett, Bracks, Jeffed — it’s 10th anniversary season

This is a big call, no doubt, but Jeff Kennett led one of the most reformist and revolutionary governments in any stable western democracy over the past 50 years.

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Did Della Bosca fall into a honey trap?

What Crikey’s tipsters are telling us today: Was John Della Bosca set up? … Westpac not cutting back on off-shoring … University of Melbourne’s unqualified tutors.

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Who else supports Costello for premier?

Following on from Arthur Sinodinos’ article in The Oz about Peter Costello as future Victorian premier, Crikey conducted a quick phone poll of senior Victorian Liberals. Who else would jump on the Costello bandwagon?

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Last minute injunction leaves 60 Minutes flat footed

The desperate spiking of last-night’s 60 Minutes “suicide cluster” story had an interesting lead-up, pitting BeyondBlue chief Jeff Kennett and adolescent psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg against Nine chief David Gyngell.

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Gaming the health system: rational response to bad policy

Hospital administrators who push the purchasing system to its limits have little to gain personally. They are merely trying to keep their hospitals afloat, says Tom Keating.

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Find the correct unemployment number

Richard Farmer un-fudges the unemployment figures and welcomes the return of Jeff Kennett to Page One, where his hair belongs.

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