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It’s the end of the ALP as we know it (and Greens feel fine)

The Labor Party is under attack from both sides, writes La Trobe University professorial fellow Dennis Altman at Inside Story. Voters trust the Liberals more to manage the economy; progressives are increasingly turning to the Greens.

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Brace yourself for a Liberal whitewash, from east to west

A fresh poll shows the Liberals on track to win the Tasmanian election in March. Will the Coalition hold every state and federal government from March 15?

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Tasmanian election: Lara is toast, but what about Clive?

The Tasmanian Liberals look set to win the state government at the March poll — but could Clive Palmer’s party cause an upset? Crikey’s polling analyst crunches the numbers.

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Tips and rumours

Changes at Australian Jewish News … News Corp could look closer to home on piracy … who will fill ABC radio gap? …

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Will the NDIS actually get support at the ballot box? Richard Farmer suspects it will end up being a political suicide note. Plus other views noted along the way.

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How your taxes bailed out insolvent timber giant Gunns

Gunns might have been trading insolvent when it took $23 million from the federal government for its non-existent pulp mill, writes Tasmanian economist and analyst John Lawrence at Tasmanian Times.

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Et in Arcadia ego: Tasmania’s rotten economic apple

Most bank managers will tell you that before they can help you, you should get your mind and your house in order. That’s the challenge facing Tasmania.

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Pulped: Gunns’ Tassie mill is finally dead

The Greens tread a fine line in claiming their third victory in Tasmania. Though there seems little doubt Gunns’ proposed pulp mill is dead, writes Bruce Montgomery.

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Flanagan: Gunns’ demise lifts a darkness over Tasmania

It was Gunns’ greed-at-all-costs attitude that destroyed its public reputation and ensured its financial demise, according to Richard Flanagan. The company and its planned pulp mill had gone rogue.

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Kohler: a Greek tragedy Tasmania can relate to

The fact that the pro-austerity, pro-euro parties are now on top in the polls in Greece buoyed markets last night, but the options for Europe remain limited and difficult — especially if Greece stays in.

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Tassie budget: Lara’s theme is austerity and the writing’s on the wall

There is tangible despair in Hobbit Town today as the full impact of Premier Lara Giddings’ austere budget reveals itself, writes Bruce Montgomery, a freelance journalist in Hobart.

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In Tassie politics, it’s hard to see the sense from the trees

Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings seeks to offer some insights today into the island’s future in her annual State of the State address. The forests remain top of the agenda, writes Bruce Montgomery.

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In Tassie, wise heads back Giddings, despite the motley crew

Tasmanian Labor’s major challenge at the moment is to prevent the Greens becoming the official opposition party at the next election, writes Bruce Montgomery, ex-political correspondent with The Australian.

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Tassie forests deal like a Gunn to the head

The ultimate peace deal to end the 40-year war in Tasmania’s forests is dead in the water, writes political journalist Bruce Montgomery from Hobart.

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Mayne: where to for Gunns, logging and the pulp mill?

Shares in the financially struggling Tasmanian timber giant Gunns remain suspended ahead of Monday’s profit announcement and the ongoing clifftop poker around exiting old-growth logging and financing the $2.3 billion pulp mill.

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Peace in the Tassie forests, but govt regulator is a basket case

The $276 million rescue package to buy peace in Tasmania’s forests came after the state’s Auditor-General indicated Forestry Tasmania was staggering towards insolvency and would need an equity to survive, writes John Lawrence.

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Tasmania’s ugly macro picture: more footy, less schools

Does Lara Giddings have a vision for Tasmania? According to the state budget it’s about more footy, but fewer schools; more speed cameras, but fewer police. The macro picture isn’t pretty, says Jarvis Cocker.

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Why Gunns is teetering in Tassie

What company has received $500 million in cash from the issue of new shares over the past three years but only has a market value of $300 million? asks accountant John Lawrence.

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Female MPs: you’re either a mum, or the owner of an empty fruit bowl

Far more than men, female politicians have their political identities framed around their family and relationship situation.

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The youngest person ever elected to parliament in Australia

Crikey readers have their say.

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‘So what if she doesn’t have a male handbag?’: female ex-MPs fight back

Crikey asked three female former politicians for their take on women in politics and whether anything has changed.

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Bartlett: The savvy premier who mistimed his run

Was it really the wistful look of the young son as his father opened the front door each weekend to go to work that caused Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett to quit? Bruce Montgomery reports on the backroom moves and a premier who mistimed his run to the top.

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Tasmanian health minister’s appointments under a cloud

Did Tasmania’s health minister Lara Giddings take a close enough look at her department secretary’s resume? asks Margaretta Pos. He used to head one of the most controversial hospitals in the UK.

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Tasmanian children are second class citizens

Tasmania’s children and young people are second class citizens compared with their peers in Victoria, writes Greg Barns.

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Richard Farmer’s political bite-sized meaty chunks

Taller Men Wear Longer Trousers … The binge drinking debate … Faith Based Schools and Social Cohesion … No Surprises in Russia … The Daily Reality Check … The Pick of this Morning’s Political Coverage …

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