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You call that an electoral landslide? These were electoral landslides

Tony Abbott did not secure a landslide victory, writes Australian Catholic University psephologist Malcolm Mackerras. In fact, only one Labor government since the 1950s lost in a landslide.

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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 people have spoken: axe the tax

Crikey readers have their say on the carbon tax, mandates, Syria and paid lobbyists.

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Four days in, and Labor is already at odds

That didn’t take long. Two Labor MPs want to let Tony Abbott scrap the carbon price, Stephen Conroy calls leadership reforms a joke, and those who voted Liberal get a boost of confidence.

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Rundle mythbusts the campaign that was (part two)

We all know why Labor lost: Kevin Rudd, the narcissist, undermined Julia Gillard at every step and then exploded because of the chaos of the campaign. The only problem with that narrative is none of it is true. Let’s look at the facts …

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Bill Shorten getting the backing of Labor Right faction demonstrates exactly what is wrong with the Labor Party. Plus other political snippets noted along the way.

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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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Labor bloodletting continues over Kevin Rudd legacy

Labor frontbencher Craig Emerson’s attempt to blacken Kevin Rudd’s name has met with savage criticism from some sitting Labor MPs.

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Legends of Queensland: Tony, Kevin, Clive and the fake election

The election perspective in Queensland was very different to elsewhere, especially for Labor.

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No real alternative

Crikey readers talk where it all went wrong with Labor.

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Death by committee — the culture of timidity in political speechwriting

Former Rudd government speech writer Martin McKenzie-Murray says politicians and their advisers need to trust their speech writers to win hearts and minds.

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Media wrap: Bolt gloats as scribes deliver post-mortems

The pundits weigh in on the significance of Abbott’s victory. Andrew Bolt and Piers Akerman, unsurprisingly, are over the moon.

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Abbott: from ‘unelectable’ to Australia’s 28th prime minister

Tony Abbott’s path to the Lodge has been characterised by aggression, but also a willingness to abandon the ideological and personal issues that once had him labelled “unelectable”.

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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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An alternate election night Crikey drinking game

Guy Rundle has a pretty epic drinking game, or if you like your games slightly simpler (or don’t have parfait d’amour to hand), try this one …

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‘Joke’ and ‘screwed’: young people on the election

Almost half a million young people have not enrolled to vote at this election. Freelance writer and communications student Courtney Biggs explains why.

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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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Tony, the godfather, with the energy of audacity

Tony Abbott has already won. He knows it, Rudd knows it, everyone knows it. But he’s still campaigning like the godfather he is, with consigliere Peta Credlin not far behind. Relax. It’s not going to be that bad.

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History will be on Gillard’s side

Crikey readers have their say on Kevin Rudd, Syria and the Netherlands.

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Who won the campaign — the final verdict from our pundits

Over the last five weeks, Crikey has been bringing you the verdicts of Australia’s best political commentators, on the bitter day-to-day struggle for the Lodge. As the campaign draws to a close, we went to them one last time to find out who they thought had won the best campaign in 2013 and why:

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Richard Farmer’s campaign bites

Most media outlets have called the election for the Liberals — despite Joe Hockey’s sweaty performance and Malcolm Turnbull’s internet filter blunder.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings — footy and politics draw in viewers

Another solid night of ABC programming kept viewers riveted, with the AFL and NRL Footy Shows the only other thing to come close.

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Why will no one talk about housing affordability?

Crikey readers talk Bob Katter, housing affordability and Guy Rundle’s use of language.

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Campaign scorecard: Abbott leads as Rudd’s final countdown begins

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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Richard Farmer’s campaign bites

Why can’t politicians be more like honeybees?

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