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Wall-to-wall blue gives Abbott the chance of real COAG reform

Tomorrow’s Tasmanian and South Australian elections represent a huge opportunity for Tony Abbott to drive real reform via COAG. But Kevin Rudd had a similar opportunity and wasn’t able to exploit it.

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They’re hot and bothered in Griffith, but not for these candidates

The good people of Griffith aren’t very excited about Saturday’s byelection to replace Kevin Rudd — if they know about it at all. James Rose walked the heat-hazed streets to take the pulse.

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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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Poll Bludger: Griffith, state polls to test Abbott government mettle

Three state elections and some important byelections are likely to test voters’ loyalty to the newly minted Abbott government. Crikey’s resident polling analyst previews the electoral year.

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Tips and rumours

Uni staff not allowed to say FU … Kevin Rudd finds his doppelganger baby … no Xmas treat for posties? …

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Keane’s 2013 in review: on trust, narratives and secrets

The failure of governments to earn the trust of voters was a major theme in 2013. This will make governing difficult until — if ever — governments regain that trust.

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iSentia index: three PMs, two governments keep people talking

Tony Abbott has fought off his two Labor leadership counterparts to take out the dubious honour of most talked-about politician in 2013. See who else made the list …

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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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iSentia index: Kevin Rudd’s last stand

Kevin Rudd announcing he was retiring from Parliament brought him numerous media mentions, but that may be the last we hear from the once, twice, Labor leader. Or is it?

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Week in review: Coalition gets a taste of its own medicine

A “kinder, gentler polity” was nowhere in sight during the first week of Parliament under the Abbott government.

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Kevin Rudd, our Mao, or maybe our Obama, bows out

Kevin Rudd was a transformative figure, a politician above politics who just wanted to get things done. And that the Labor Party is in complete disarray, well — is that really his fault?

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Farewell Kevin Rudd: a sensitive enigma touched by revenge

Kevin Rudd dropped his bombshell in Parliament at 8.30pm last night. Our reporter was in a bar nearby when the text messages landed — signalling the end for one of our more enigmatic and controversial pollies. This is how the day unfolded.

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The good, the bad and the ugly: what MPs said about Kevin

Kevin Rudd: parliamentary hero, Labor victim, an inconvenience to the voters of Griffith? This is how MPs reacted to news of Rudd’s resignation last night. Perhaps it is indeed “all about Kevin”, as one Senator said.

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The Rudd years: highs and lows

He was prime minister twice, and rarely off the front pages since 2007. Crikey runs through Kevin Rudd’s successes and failures. You be the judge of his performance …

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iSentia index: the Coalition settles in

Tony Abbott bounces back to a more prime ministerial lead in the media mentions numbers this week, up 50% from last week’s hide and seek effort.

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Media briefs: Fairfax pay … FT profits … it’s Britney, witch …

Believe it or not, there is actual good news in the world of digital journalism.

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'Complete hogwash'? When Bolt grilled Abbott, it sure was

Three months ago, Andrew Bolt interviewed then-PM Kevin Rudd. Today Bolt has interviewed Tony Abbott. Crikey intern Natalie Tencic compares the two interviews.

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Speak softly and don’t stuff up: Bob Carr’s legacy

As former foreign minister Bob Carr resigns from the Senate, we take a look at what he brought to the job.

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iSentia index: bushfires take precedence over pollies

Bushfire coverage dominated the media landscape, with the ACT’s same-sex marriage legislation a distant second.

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Stop the rorts, stop calling them entitlements

Crikey readers have their say on Nicola Roxon, media plagiarism, ‘colour-blind’ casting and more.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

What a spineless lot of Labor ministers Nicola Roxon exposed us to. Fancy a group of adults, tough enough to become politicians, being cowered into silent inaction by one man.

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Roxon revises history in whinge about intelligence committee

Nicola Roxon is engaging in self-serving revisionism in criticising Parliament’s intelligence committee. Her record of conduct tells a much different story.

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Steve Gibbons on ‘filthy’ Rudd, the gallery and vintage cars

In the first of Crikey’s exit interviews of departing MPs, former Labor member for Bendigo Steve Gibbons lets fly with a frank assessment of his 13 years in office — and the people he worked with.

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iSentia index: Joyce and Brandis draw fire, but Abbott on top

Tony Abbott still takes the lion’s share of media mentions, despite controversy among his MPs.

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Why less is more for Tony Abbott — and all PMs

Tony Abbott’s decision to ration his and his government’s media exposure is unlikely to work, but it’s a welcome attempt to break free from the frenetic media cycle and get on with governing.

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