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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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Essential: NSW Labor’s position getting worse, quickly

A week out from the NSW election, Labor’s poor position has deteriorated further, according to a new Essential poll.

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Election #8 for Hanson, and she’s actually in with a shot

Whatever her reason, Pauline Hanson seems determined to try to win herself a seat — and this time she’s in with a serious chance.

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NSW election: Chillin’ with Clover (and her choker)

The progressive inner-city seat of Sydney would be a gimme for The Greens on March 26 were it not for the one-woman political machine that is Clover Moore.

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NSW Labor sits on the wrong side of the pendulum

Just one month to go now. New South Wales goes to the polls on 26 March in an election whose result is probably more of a foregone conclusion than any in Australia in living memory.

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NSW Libs: this century’s most soporific election launch

Tony Abbott summed up the state Liberal campaign in a sentence; Barry O’Farrell, the King of the small targets, will Get Things Done.

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NSW Liberals: clubs, developers are our friends

NSW premier-in-waiting Barry O’Farrell says registered clubs and housing developers have been unfairly treated by Labor during its 16 years in office.

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Fresh from the e drug scandal, Firth fronts the Balmain forum

Twenty-two retiring MPs can’t be wrong. Campaigning to be elected to NSW parliament as a Labor MP in 2011 is a bitch of a task. Crikey went to an MP forum in Balmain to see just how tough it will be for one embattled Labor member.

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A People’s Parliament or a News Ltd experiment?

Political participation experts fear the Sydney Daily Telegraph’s much-hyped takeover of state parliament will be a media stunt rather than the “revolutionary new force in Australian democracy” promised by the paper.

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Crikey says: the hardest word to say

Saying sorry is a pretty strange way to kick off a re-election campaign.

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Keneally’s sell off backdown — embarrassing, but smart politics

NSW Premier Kristina Keneally’s decision to defer the sale of the second tranche of the state’s electricity assets may be an embarrassing backdown – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t smart politics.

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Keneally’s electricity sell-off a ‘short-term cash grab’

Explosive testimony at a parliamentary inquiry into the privatisation of NSW electricity assets has revealed that the original $5.3 billion profit promised by the Keneally Government was a gross over-estimate.

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Robbo’s rise a bit of a blur, but the NSW powerbroker stands ready to lead

Life’s just one big blur for John “Robbo” Robertson, the man most likely to be NSW’s next Opposition leader. But as NSW Labor hurtles towards oblivion, at least he is the one member of cabinet smiling all the way to the car crash, writes Candace Sutton.

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NSW Parliament is back, so they sent in the clowns

Yesterday in Parliament, it was more like Ringling Brothers than a Roman circus, with Kristina Keneally as equal part ringmaster and the girl on the flying trapeze, writes Candace Sutton, a former NSW government media adviser.

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NSW Nats put it on the platinum

$50,000 will get you in the door to talk to Premiers and Leaders of the Opposition in NSW. Or you can give it to the NSW Nats and visit “sunny Port Macquarie”.

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Barry O’Farrell should get on board public transport expansion

A Barry O’Farrell government, almost certain to be elected in NSW next year, will inherit a public transport infrastructure crisis, writes Gavin Gatenby, convener of EcoTransit Sydney.

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Labor takes a casualty in anti-s-x move

I can’t remember the last time there was any good news for the New South Wales Labor Party. Today is no exception.

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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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The Twitter debate: as confused and nonsensical as NSW politics

Twitter flattens democratic debate,” NSW Premier Kristina Keneally declared in kicking off the world’s first political debate on Twitter. She probably meant ‘flatters’, though the typo slip turned out to be Freudian.

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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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The final nail in the NSW ALP coffin?

Daily Media Wrap: The NSW ALP is the gift that just keeps giving to the tabloid media, with NSW Transport Minister David Campbell resigning amidst a “gay sex club scandal”.

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Richardson: Why I’ve stopped reading News Ltd

The latest NSW Newspoll found latest Newspoll found premier Kristina Keneally’s personal ratings are going strong — so why did The Oz run with the line “the Keneally government is dead in the water”, asks Charles Richardson.

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Antony Green: The NSW Libs can win in 2011

NSW ALP has become the notorious, messy state government. But can the Coalition win in 2011? Well, says Anthony Green, the Coalition can win as long as it gets votes in the right seats.

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NSW leaders verdict — debate adjudicators score Kristina v Barry

The worm was buried for Friday’s leaders’ debate between Premier Kristina Keneally and Opposition hopeful Barry O’Farrell. So who won? Crikey turned to a panel of professional judges…

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Galaxy: NSW loves Keneally — but not enough to vote for her

The latest NSW Galaxy poll has Premier Kristina Keneally’s approval rating up eight points to 53%, but the Coalition is still dominating the ALP in the two-party preferred vote 57-43, reports William Bowe.

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