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McKew book: how internal polling brought Rudd undone

Maxine McKew’s new book reveals more about the role Labor’s own internal research was used to undermine Kevin Rudd.

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Labor lights demand ‘Packer tax’ on Sydney casino — for art

A coterie of prominent Labor-linked arts identities has proposed a 1% tax on James Packer’s revenue from a second Sydney Casino.

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James Packer’s circle of high-rollers will win him a casino

If you want to see a pretty pack of pollies, you need look no further than James Packer’s new political mates: Karl Bitar and Mark Arbib, writes Paul Barry.

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Paul Barry: Packer’s circle of high-rollers will win him a casino

If you want to see a pretty pack of pollies, you need look no further than James Packer’s new political mates. From NSW Labor heavyweights Karl Bitar and Mark Arbib to NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell.

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Mayne: dissecting the spin in Packer’s war on Star

James Packer’s expensive campaign to discredit Echo Entertainment Group chairman John Story continues afoot at the same time as the casino billionaire’s own investment record has again come into sharp focus after the latest disaster at Network Ten.

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‘Imbecile’ pokies activist funds full-page newspaper ad

Despite the Baillieu government’s reluctance to tackle serious pokies reform, Victoria is central to the campaign for change and Paul Bendat’s full-page ad is a sign of what is to come for Victorian Liberals.

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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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Bolt talks up anti-pokies campaign, fails to disclose association

Bolt’s worst offence over the weekend was to grossly exaggerate the impact of the NSW pokies backlash while failing to disclose his financial association with those involved in the campaign.

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Power Shots: four legends of political fixing

They may not punch with the same force of the past, they may no longer punch at all, but any round-up of Australian Political Fixers would be incomplete without mentioning the men who made fixing an art form.

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Coup anniversary: where are they now?

Paul Barry and Matthew Knott look back at the main players in the Night of the Long Knives: where are they now?

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James Packer shows off his Labor Right pulling power

The James Packer ALP advisory team of Graham Richardson, Karl Bitar and former Kim Beazley chief-of-staff Gary O’Neill, today have played one of their trump cards in the campaign to head off Andrew Wilkie’s pokies reform agenda.

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Capital spending takes off

The promised investment boom is here.

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Bitar to Crown: ‘from shooting crap inside Labor to casino craps’

Two former NSW Labor powerbrokers rubbish James Packer’s hiring of dumped ALP national secretary Karl Bitar as a Crown Casino lobbyist, suggesting the media scion might be better off dispatching his new charge back to the dole queue.

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There’s no stopping Karl, competence or not

Karl Bitar seems to have made it his life’s work to symbolise the decline of the Australian Labor Party. Spinning for Crown says more about the party than the man.

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Bitar Crowns our gambling dependence

The fact that Karl Bitar has transitioned seamlessly from running the Labor Party to become lobbyist-in-chief for James Packer’s gambling operations is a smack in the face for the integrity of the political system.

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Anthony Chisholm and Nick Martin duke it out for Nat Sec post

Fears are growing among senior ALP figures that mooted Karl Bitar successor Anthony Chisholm would serve as a part-time National Secretary to allow him to helm Anna Bligh’s bid for a second elected term in office.

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Bitar’s reign of mayhem comes to an end

Karl Bitar departs Labor’s national secretaryship, leaving a smoking ruin where viable political parties once stood.

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An economic recovery not led by housing

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures for dwelling unit commencements give a seasonally adjusted estimate falling 5.3% in the December quarter which follows a fall of 13.0% in the September quarter.

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The Greens are here to stay

For thirty years our politics has focused on economic management and reform. But voters appear to want something more, and they’re not getting it from the major parties.

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Gillard takes tentative steps on the vision thing

While Karl Bitar appeared in denial about Labor’s wretched election campaign, Julia Gillard gave an inkling that - egad! - she’s actually worked out where she needs to go.

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Van Onselen: Save us Julia, save us!

Julia Gillard needs to launch a challenge for the ALP leadership to save Kevin Rudd from himself. She can’t use loyalty as an excuse for wimping out, writes Peter van Onselen.

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ALP National Executive to launch secret review of QLD campaign

The ALP National Executive has launched a secret review of the party’s Queensland election campaign, amid claims of systemic failures.

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