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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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BludgerTrack: 56.5-43.5 to Coalition

Two more grim poll results send Labor further south in the latest weekly poll aggregate, writes Poll Bludger’s William Bowe.

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Newspoll quarterly aggregate: January-March

The latest Newspoll quarterly aggregates have Labor down three points in Victoria, two in New South Wales and Western Australia, and one in Queensland and South Australia, writes William Bowe.

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Tips and rumours

Boned ACT Liberal Senator poised to fight back … NT Liberal plotting? … telegrams can be sent from WA, too …

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Labor insider: Barnett’s re-election not entirely certain

The Liberal campaign in WA has been a chaotic mess, with Colin Barnett’s Labor challenger Mark McGowan running well. Think the Liberals will be handily re-elected? Look closer, says former Labor adviser Luke Walladge.

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Senate race: polling shows challenge to Greens power

Even on current polling Labor could retain some control of the Senate with the help of the Greens in the balance of power position, exclusive new polling from Essential Research reveals.

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Deconstructing Tony: Abbott and the manufacture of authenticity

Tony Abbott’s efforts to portray himself as an everyday bloke sit uneasily with his previous attempts to be a conservative intellectual.

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Don’t write Tony Abbott off yet. But if you do …

Tony Abbott only a limited time to turn around his poor personal polling numbers, in order to blitz the election. Is his leadership in trouble?

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Hurricane Sandy didn’t just hit NYC

Crikey readers weigh in on the biggest issues of the day.

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The Liberal history of women in parliament

Crikey readers weigh in on the issues of the day: Liberal women in parliament, Radio National and ranking journalists.

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And they’re not just women, they’re lawyers too

Crikey readers weigh in on the issues of the day.

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Where are the women in the Liberal Party?

As the Coalition mounts a rearguard assault on sexism, should the smaller proportion of conservative women in power raise alarm bells? Political watcher Stephen Luntz reports.

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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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Abbott’s budget reply: all values, no costings

Crikey media wrap: Last night Tony Abbott gave his budget reply speech, arguing a Coalition government would focus on business and find an additional $50 billion in savings. Just how his government would find these promised savings wasn’t specified.

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