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Big names square off in NSW Strathfield cockfight

Jodi McKay is taking on sitting Liberal Charles Casuscelli in Strathfield, and the result could be predictive of the state election as a whole.

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Poll Bludger: Luke could luck out, but NSW likely to grin and Baird it

Labor’s recent surprise victory in Queensland was due, in large part, to the optional preferential voting system. NSW has the same system, but whether Opposition Leader Luke Foley can match Palaszczuk’s feat remains to be seen.

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Baird backed the wrong horse, but will it cost him NSW?

NSW Premier Mike Baird has bet it all on privatisation. Unfortunately for him, voters seem to hate it.

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NSW Labor launches its campaign with more whimper than bang

Luke Foley has his work cut out for him to defeat the country’s most popular political leader, Mike Baird. And so far Labor’s election promises have been rather modest.

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Foley takes the gloves off, but Baird dominates the polls

Ahead of the NSW state election, Premier Mike Baird and his staff strut around, exuding smugness, enjoying their high polling figures, while Opposition Leader Luke Foley launches a Labor scare campaign.

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Abbott finds strong support among NSW Labor

The NSW Labor Party is very keen for Tony Abbott to keep his job, because the only campaign against popular Premier Mike Baird that has a hope of working is one that links the NSW Coalition with Abbott’s unpopularity.

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Funnily enough, ICAC’s ‘overreach’ only a concern for those in its crosshairs

While the ICAC blowtorch was focused on ALP politicians, conservatives applauded from the sidelines, happy to see Labor’s scandals unearthed and publicised. They seem to have changed their tune.

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Tips and rumours

Disturbing reports from Manus Island … Jacqui Lambie speaks … and Happy Birthday Crikey …

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Fred in denial: the Christian Democratic Party has lost all relevance

Fred Nile’s tired attempts to stir up controversy after the Sydney Siege are just further signs that the Christian Democrats have lost all relevance.

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Baird on the back foot as enigmatic Foley blitzes PR war

Recently ordained NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley has been making waves in state media, thanks in large part to supportive coverage from The Daily Telegraph.

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Poll Bludger: Coalition’s Qld slump worse than any other state

Voter distinction between federal and state politics is becoming ever-more blurred as the unpopularity of the Abbott government taints state leaders.

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There is no snare like Foley: anatomy of a Labor coup

NSW Labor’s new leader Luke Foley talks the talk but, after all the turmoil of his leadership putsch, will he be able to right Labor’s wayward ship?

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Poll Bludger: can Luke Foley woo NSW voters in under three months?

Being a state opposition leader is a tough job, and you’re just as likely to be shunned by your colleagues as you are voters.

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NSW Labor’s new leader an enigma wrapped in a right-wing voting record

New South Wales’ incoming Opposition Leader Luke Foley has a hard slog ahead. What will voters make of the man who lists his key inspirations as the Catholic Church and Sydney’s NRL team the Roosters?

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‘Elephant Man’ fishes for relevancy, shoots preference possibilities in the foot

Robert Borsak of the Shooters and Fishers has promised to block the Coalition’s infrastructure plan. Likely the Coalition will remember this slight when it comes time to distribute preferences at next year’s election …

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One-term Baird? Tell ‘em they’re dreaming

Labor opposes the privatisation of NSW’s poles and wires, but without that sale it also wouldn’t be able to deliver any of the infrastructure spending promised by the Liberals.

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If you can’t bribe ‘em, blackmail ‘em: Baird’s ominous new strategy

Mike Baird has been making infrastructure promises by the truckfull to the voters of NSW — with some rather sinister-sounding consequences thrown in if they happen to vote Labor.

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Coal seam gas debate splinters Coalition

As the NSW state election draws near, debate on coal seam gas exploration has politicians panicking, NSW political correspondent Alex Mitchell writes.

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Sydney tunnel needs ventilation as Baird blows more hot air

Why did Mike Baird bury the announcement of a signature re-election policy plan amid the hubbub of the Melbourne Cup? Perhaps because it’s barely a plan at all.

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Will the new ultra-Right Liberal guard revive hard-line NSW anti-abortion bill?

Zoe’s Law” seemed destined for a quiet demise in NSW’s upper house, but after ICAC has claimed quite a few Liberal scalps, the political landscape has changed. Freelance journalist Claire Pullen reports.

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Tips and rumours

The revolving door between politics and journalism … conservative and liberal names … the wrong Freya Newman .,.

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Media briefs: Greste on war and journalism … craggy-faced women … SMH questions Baird …

Could Australia tolerate a crabby-faced woman on its TV screens, asks Virginia Trioli. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Freshwater Nats now setting the NSW agenda

There is more to NSW than Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong — and regional NSW have their turn in the spotlight.

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Baird’s donation reforms show up a useless federal disclosure law

While states like NSW tighten up political donation laws, our federal disclosure system is, in effect, voluntary.

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Tips and rumours

Looking for PUPs in Victoria … faceless men protecting Roozendaal in NSW … Mike Baird and the Tele …

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