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Newspoll: 60-40 to Coalition in NSW

The latest bi-monthly Newspoll result for New South Wales shows essentially no change on voting intention, but an improvement in Barry O’Farrell’s personal ratings, reports William Bowe.

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Ghost of NSW government past may haunt Gillard

State politics may prove a boon for Julia Gillard — look at Queensland’s troubled Coalition crew. But how much will the ghost of NSW Labor haunt Gillard, as ICAC continues?

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The first Newspoll since the NSW election

Barry O’Farrell’s debut Newspoll net approval score as Premier is plus 29 (53% satisfied, 24% dissatisfied), which was exactly what Bob Carr achieved in his first poll as Premier in 1995, writes William Bowe.

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A tale of two election reviews, by the NSW and Vic ALP

Two contrasting ALP state election reviews have been launched in the last week and the differences between them is stark, and for the NSW party a tad embarrassing.

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Mayne: will collapse of NSW Right empower Gillard on pokies?

Despite all the doom and gloom about the future of Labor in NSW, the party has the key ingredient to survive: robust financial health.

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Extremists the likely winners in NSW upper house

With control of the legislative assembly having been set in stone for many months now, the only doubtful aspect in tomorrow’s New South Wales election is the fate of the legislative council.

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The turbulent gossipy world of the NSW ALP

It’s a sexy world in NSW Labor politics, with everyone married to each other or old pals since school days. Tom Dusevic goes through the tricky family tree.

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Final week of the NSW election

Less than a week before the axe falls in NSW, to the extent that the commencement of pre-polling at the start of this week hasn’t lowered it already. William Bowe offers local level intelligence from around the place.

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NSW election minus 10 days

William Bowe wraps the latest news and updates — from the latest Newspoll to where Greens preferences will be going — from the upcoming NSW election.

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The gluten-free NSW Greens launch, with added planning commissions

It’s always good to go to a political launch with very low expectations, and I was pleasantly surprised to find yesterday’s NSW Greens party launch not nearly as bad as I expected. Real policies were announced, Bob Brown was eloquent and passionate, and there were only a couple of the sort of cultish, quasi-religious moments that irritate the crap out of me.

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Oops! NSW candidates forget to mention they’re Labor

Being a member of the NSW Labor Party is a fact many candidates aren’t making too public in their election campaigns, with several candidates in the Western Suburbs covering up the Labor logo on posters and leaving it off brochures, writes Anthony Brown.

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NSW election minus 16 days

William Bowe discusses the latest happenings from the slow-motion train wreck that is the New South Wales state election campaign, including the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Liberals to make inroads in the Newcastle/Hunter region.

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Summonses to eight over NSW electricity asset sell-off

Court summons will be issued this week in a bid to force the eight former directors who quit in protest over the privatisation of NSW electricity assets to appear before an upper house inquiry into the controversial sell off, writes Mathew Knott.

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Tips and rumours

Are the ALP forlorn in Drummoyne? In a sign of the Liberal Party’s confidence and campaigning resources, John Sidoti, the Liberal Party’s candidate for the NSW seat of Drummoyne in Sydney’s inner-west, recently distributed a glossy, neatly folded, colour A3 campaign pamphlet… This is the third mass mail out by Sidoti. He has previously distributed […]

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What is the NSW government hiding?

I really cannot imagine what the NSW Labor Government has to hide from an inquiry into its deal on electricity distribution sales that can be as damaging to its already sordid image as the bad publicity from trying to stop the inquiry, declares Richard Farmer.

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Morgan poll: Coalition ahead in NSW

A Morgan phone poll in NSW state politics has Labor on 22 per cent of the primary vote, the Coalition on 53 per cent and the Greens on 13.5 per cent, with the Coalition’s two-party lead at 65-35, reports William Bowe.

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How Australia made a hung parliament work

There isn’t a whole lot of historical precedence for Australian federal governments coping with a hung parliament, but there certainly is amongst the states. Anne Twomey takes a fascinating look back at the 1910 NSW Labor government.

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Kelly: not a new paradigm, just an unholy mess

The NSW Labor government — led by Kristina Keneally, the Greens and the ACTU have formed a “united troika” against the Gillard government. But the NSW government is radioactive, says Paul Kelly.

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And the Wankley goes to… power out for Melbourne’s media

The people of New South Wales have a lot to be angry about — a toxic Labor government, a string of knifed premiers, a culture of ministerial incompetence. But why would the Daily Tele would try now to plunge an additional stake into the heart of an already terminal government over electricity prices?

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Did ALP state govts impact the federal vote?

One of the big questions post-election is whether ALP state party parliamentary performance impacted ALP results in the federal election. Possum Comitatus examines the data.

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Newspoll: Coalition soars ahead in NSW

The latest NSW state Newspoll has the Labor government digging further below what previously looked to be rock bottom. The two-party preferred rose to 61-39 for the Coalition, writes William Bowe.

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Will Belinda Neal run as an independent?

Dumped Robertson MP Belinda Neal has again refused to rule out running as an independent at this year’s federal election after Central Coast residents were push-polled over the prospect of a potential Neal solo tilt.

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Poll bludger: Penrith by-election proves Keneally’s not enough

It is possible that, buried in some such dark and dusty place, there might be found details of a by-election defeat as bad for a major political party as the one suffered by New South Wales Labor in Penrith on Saturday.

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Cut the comedy act, Kristina

Kristina Keneally is full of comedy gold in Question Time, like her jibes about the Opposition’s fashion sense. But with the state election set to be an ALP bloodbath, who’s laughing now? asks Sean Nicholls.

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NSW Budget shock

NSW has long been the epicentre of Australia’s growing crisis of housing undersupply. Belatedly, the NSW Government has produced some sensible policies to redirected demand and stimulate supply.

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