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Are the Liberals ‘brownwashing’ the Victorian election?

There is an unusually high number of Liberal candidates from migrant or ethnic backgrounds in this year’s state election. But almost all of them are in unwinnable seats, writes Crikey’s Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss.

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Political ads don’t work — so why do our pollies still fork out for them?

There is a lot of research that shows doorknocking to be vastly more effective for political engagement than TV ads. So why do political campaigns still spend big on ineffective advertising?

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Libs boost their flagging spirits (and Big Ted gets a look-in) at campaign launch

Bad polls? What bad polls? The Liberals are ebullient in Ballarat — but Palmer hopes to throw a spanner in the works. Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss reports.

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Victorian Liberals face identity crisis as the working class turns blue

As ideology replaces class, the Liberal Party needs to figure out exactly just what it believes in.

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It’s battle of the Victorian conservatives in big-spending Euroa

The coalition deal is off in the rural Victorian seat of Euroa, with a Lib taking on former Baillieu staffer and Nationals candidate Stephanie Ryan. Crikey Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss reports.

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MPs’ corflutes are everywhere, but don’t mention the L-word

Who are these nice-looking people on a baby blue background? Crikey election correspondent Dan Moss finds the word “Liberal” is not exactly being shouted from the rooftops …

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Voters turn out to vote for Gough — but Labor won’t be so lucky next time

The death of Gough Whitlam reminded NSW voters of the glory days of the Labor Party and secured two NSW state seats for Labor. But will misty-eyed nostalgia carry over to next year’s state election?

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Victoria’s Nationals the mouse that roared

The Nationals’ position in Victoria is very different to that in other states, as the party polls at only 3% or 4%. Will the party keep its kingmaker status this state election?

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Three-way manjam in the fight for Prahran

Liberal backbencher Clem Newton-Brown is well-liked and seen as effective in the seat of Prahran. So why do Labor and the Greens think they can take it from him? Crikey Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss reports.

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Nats v Libs in battle for the chair-sniffer’s seat

The Labor Party is uncompetitive in the south-western WA seat of Vasse, but the Nationals and Liberals are giving it all they’ve got.

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Can the Liberals cope with freedom?

The Liberal Party’s vaunted commitment to freedom is a fiction: it is as paternalist as the Left and allows national security to justify the curtailment of basic rights.

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The Liberal Alan Jones associate behind a ‘grassroots’ anti-bike lane campaign

A controversial plan to put bike lanes on Castlereagh St has found a reliable media opponent in the Save our Streets campaign, fronted by Jai Martinkovits. But is this really a grass-roots campaign?

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Liberals, lobbyists and finding the fine line between them

Political lobbying is an incestuous reality. But where does it cross the line into corruption? Governance expert and ACIL Allen executive director Stephen Bartos explores.

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Political donations: how Labor got crushed by the Liberal money machine

New political donation data shows how generous donors were to the Liberal Party as it closed in on victory. But we have to wait for the donations that came once Kevin Rudd returned (briefly) to power.

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Tips and rumours

Pyne wants leader elected by party members … ‘Oops!’ from Rupert Murdoch … pilot forgets passport …

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Promotion on — ahem — merit? It’s hard to see how …

Until men are actually promoted on merit, there’s no reason why women should have to be. True equality is as many mediocre women in positions of power like federal cabinet.

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Govt ministry announced: men the 95% in Abbott cabinet

Tony Abbott has unveiled his new government’s ministry in Canberra. There’s some winners and losers — none more so than women. Julie Bishop is the only female MP in cabinet.

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Institute of Liberal Party policy? What the IPA will get from Abbott

The influence Institute of Public Affairs released a list of policy demands last year. Crikey forensically works through them to see which ones Tony Abbott has adopted.

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A Crikey guide to pork barrelling in the federal election

Pork barrelling writ large. Here’s our Crikey guide to where the major parties have promised to spend money — and Queensland is the hands-down winner, while SA gets next to nothing.

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Abbott’s pitch is to abandon his party’s principles to win

Muscular 19th century liberalism is dead in Australia as a mainstream ideology. And Tony Abbott is helping kill it with his pitch for a Coalition government.

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No Lib elder statesmen to support the monkey king

Tony Abbott officially launched his campaign in Queensland yesterday, and it was the first time he gave anything like a political speech. But the divide between the old and new Liberal party has never been so stark.

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Richard Farmer’s campaign bites

Everyone is talking about Tony Abbott’s daughters as the economy gets lost in the shuffle.

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Money, politics and the campaign arms race: corporates outspend citizens

Australia’s campaign donations regulations are among the most lax in the world. Freelance journalist Jacqueline Ning says despite political will for change it remains a largely unregulated area.

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How the parties trick you into handing over personal information

The major parties are fooling people into handing over personal information in the guise of applications for a postal vote. Here’s how the ruse works — and how to avoid it.

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Blue majority in the red chamber? Senate numbers crunched

Could Tony Abbott claim a majority in both houses of Parliament next year? It’s a possible scenario based on current polling. Crikey crunches the relevant data to predict the next Senate.

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