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Poll Bludger: Sunshine State could deal Abbott govt a body blow

The federal Coalition’s standing in Queensland continues to deteriorate. One option could be to scapegoat the distressed Newman government. There’s just one problem: Queensland’s LNP is more popular (or, at least, less unpopular) than the Abbott government.

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Green-Labor stupidity on fuel excise could be prevented with an X

Allowing at least part of the rise in fuel excise indexation through would be sensible long-term politics from Labor.

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Remember when the Coalition hated Hawke and Keating?

The government has taken great pains to compare current Labor unfavourably with the golden age of Hawke and Keating. But cast your mind back a few decades, and Hawke and Keating were far from Liberal favourites at the time.

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Coke or Pepsi: election campaigns in the age of branding

Political parties spend vast amounts of money on branding, marketing and advertising. But it takes more than bright colours and three word slogans to win hearts and minds, writes Crikey intern Henry Belot.

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Essential: Rudd’s return restores Labor’s competitiveness

The return of Kevin Rudd has lifted Labor back into a position of competitiveness with Tony Abbott, new polling from Essential Research finds. And most approve of Julia Gillard’s dumping.

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PromiseWatch 2013: mental health services policy

What are the major parties promising in terms of mental health services? Crikey journalist Andrew Crook and the CDP’s Julia Hosking find out.

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PromiseWatch 2013: the NBN and broadband policy

CPD researcher Julia Hosking and Crikey’s Andrew Crook find out where the parties stand on the National Broadband Network.

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PromiseWatch 2013: Newstart Allowance comparison

Crikey’s PromiseWatch project zeroes in on pledges over the Newstart allowance. Crikey’s Andrew Crook and Centre for Policy Development researcher Julia Hosking investigate the parties’ dole claims.

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The 15 shades of Gary Gray — Labor on the edge of the abyss

What’s wrong with Labor? Well, everything … but here are at least 15 of the reasons. Let’s start with Gary Gray.

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When did ‘Labor values’ become John Howard’s values?

Missing: true Labor values and an acceptance that structural barriers create poverty and disadvantage. It’s time for the ALP to stop blaming and short-changing individuals.

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Does the Labor narrative narrative stand up?

We all complain Labor lacks a narrative. But what if positive narratives are now impossible to effectively communicate? Look overseas and it may well be the case.

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HMAS Gillard hit by retiring torpedoes

Crikey readers weigh in.

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Crikey Calling #6: Nova Peris and cyber security

In the first episode of Crikey Calling for the year Bernard Keane and Jason Whittaker discuss Julia Gillard’s parachuting of Nova Peris into a NT senate spot, as well as the “threat” of cyber warfare.

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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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Essential: Labor rebuilding its reputation, but it’s not enough

Labor has began the arduous task of rebuilding its brand with voters but it remains a long way behind, according to a recent Essential poll.

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Newspoll: 53-47 to Coalition

Newspoll has Labor up further on a surprisingly strong result a fortnight ago: the Coalition’s two-party preferred lead is down from 54-46 to 53-47, and the primary votes are 35% for Labor (up two), writes William Bowe.

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Speaking of media independence, how does Aunty fare?

A Crikey analysis of the political leanings of ABC journalists finds more end up in the Coalition camp than the Labor one.

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Battler’s budget won’t do much for Labor, but won’t hurt its legacy

We were promised a Labor budget and we got one, at least Labor in its modern sense of a managerialist party that still faintly remembers the old nostrums of equity and opportunity that form what’s left of its core values.

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Labor’s 2nd lowest Newspoll ever

Newspoll has the Coalition’s two-party lead out from 56-44 to 59-41.The two-party figure ranks as the Gillard government’s equal worst result, says William Bowe.

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Rundle: time to work out what a Labor Party is for

In the aftermath of Queensland — a place that, like Vietnam or Dresden or Hell, has become an event — it’s worth revisiting a debate that’s been going on round Leftish traps, regarding the ALP in power.

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Behind the seams: Lock the Gate unites cockies, blockies, croppers and greenies

The Lock the Gate movement is an alliance between progressives and conservatives, left and right, city and country, farmers and environmentalists. Activist Drew Hutton explains why.

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A second chance for Julia Gillard?

Every female politician knows that it’s harder to demonstrate authority in a job dominated by men. The Labor leadership spill might just provide Julia Gillard a second chance, writes Julia Baird.

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Rudd v Gillard: game on

Crikey media wrap: A showdown now seems inevitable: Kevin “the Comeback Kid” Rudd versus Julia “strong confidence of my colleagues” Gillard. After weeks of leadership rumblings, it became clear on the weekend that a full scale leadership battle had broken out.

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All roads lead to Queensland

Brace yourselves as Queensland becomes the centre of the political universe …

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A dumb reshuffle puts spotlight back on Gillard’s woes

Julia Gillard’s federal cabinet reshuffle — promoting Bill Shorten and Mark Arbib while sacking good ministers — again demonstrates her lack of judgment and fragility.

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