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Guess who’s coming to Bob Carr’s dinner?

Think Joe Tripodi and expelled former lands minister Tony Kelly are personae non gratae around the Labor traps in NSW? Think again …

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iSentia Index: offhand comments dog the big men of parliament

Another shocker of a week for the federal and NSW state governments, with ill-thought-out statements and ICAC raising the ire of the public.

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The (attempted) exorcism of Eddie Obeid

The NSW Labor Party wants to present Eddie Obeid as one bad apple. But this, of course, is nonsense, writes NSW political reporter Alex Mitchell.

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Tips and rumours

NSW Labor hits the wrong email button … what happened to the 2am World Cup commentary? … and the craziest right-wing nutjob is ….

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Faulkner’s retirement shows NSW Labor has learnt nothing

NSW Labor’s indecent hurry to preselected senate candidates for the 2016 election shows how little its powerbrokers have learnt from ICAC and the WA debacle.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The union bosses are back in charge of the Labor Party, to no one’s surprise. And why is jam and the traditional British breakfast under threat?

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A NSW byelection shock, and Labor grinds into gear

There’s life in the old (Labor) dog yet. The NSW ALP romped home in a byelection on Saturday, with a 26% swing. Is this the first sign of recovery — or a false dawn?

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The landslide that wasn’t: how Labor kept its Sydney heartland

The polls pointed to a landslide to the Liberals in Sydney, but Labor managed to retain its base. How did they do it, and how did the polls get it so wrong? Crikey intern Angelo Risso reports.

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ICAC’s ‘disgusting’ ruling against Labor: Obeids, Macdonald face charges

There’s a stench around Labor — in NSW at least — as ICAC hands down its findings on the Obeid affair. Criminal charges have been recommended against the men who ran the state like a private club.

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Revealed: Craig Thomson lawyer in $36k NSW Labor cash grab

Craig Thomson’s laywer is suing the NSW ALP for tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees. But Sussex Street says it’s an ambit claim and will fight it in court. Crikey has the statement of claim.

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Rudd takes on reform: NSW intervention 40 years in the making

Kevin Rudd has intervened into the rotten branches of the NSW Labor Party, promising to spread reform nation-wide. He’s in a better position to do it than Julia Gillard.

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Tips and rumours

Ructions in NSW Labor Left … Sydney Airport on sweet tax deal? … WTF is with this heading …

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PM in Sydney: out west, they’re all policy roads to nowhere

Julia Gillard has promised the people of Sydney another highway — which is about the last thing the region needs. Crikey’s roaming reporter joins the campaign-that-isn’t out west.

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From the shadows, ‘loathsome’ Labor Lunchalot fronts ICAC

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption is determined to nail former ex-MP Ian Macdonald on his ministerial dealings. But his patience was wearing thin today on the stand.

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BMWs, billiards and flowers: ICAC goes through Obeid’s receipts

Eddie Obeid, in the dock at ICAC, is quizzed on the activities of his cashed-up family trust — but he says he was “hands off”, and appeared uninterested in the details.

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Crikey Clarifier: who are the Obeids and what did they do?

Who is Eddie Obeid, and why is his family now embroiled in a corruption scandal that goes to the heart of NSW politics? Crikey’s courtroom scribe records the history and argues why you should care.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: Lynton Crosby heads to the UK

There are many in his party who believe it is too late for Tony Abbott to change the extremely negative view that most voters have of him. A replacement is what they are increasingly talking about.

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‘I think I can help you with that’: Obeid pulling the NSW strings

Former planning minister Frank Sartor told the ICAC inquiry into NSW Labor party figures that 2009 was a “tawdry time”. As the Commission is learning, that’s quite an understatement.

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Obeid, Macdonald in the dock: ICAC to rule on ALP machine men

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption has commenced its probe into former Labor MPs Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald. The state has waited a long time for this.

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Corrupted by cheap cars? NSW Labor men in the dock for day of reckoning

The Independent Commission Against Corruption in NSW will spend five months investigating the deals of former Labor MPs Ian Mcdonald, Eddie Obeid and Eric Roozendaal.

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Gillard shifts the boxing match to IR

After being walloped on climate change and refugee politics, Labor has wisely opted to move the political debate back to its strength, where it hopes to sideline the Greens and put Tony Abbott on the back foot.

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What’s really driving the Labor Right’s Greens attack

There are four factors to take out of Sam Dastyari’s extraordinary intervention on the front page of The Weekend Australian.

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Labor can’t beat Clover but still hopeful for primary boost

Linda Scott is poised to succeed Meredith Burgmann as Labor’s woman on Sydney City Council following Sam Dastyari’s weekend primary experiment that saw the refugee activist pip Cameron Murphy for the chance to lose to Clover Moore in September’s poll.

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Barry O’Farrell’s 100 — no, 200 — ‘broken’ promises

Last year NSW Labor overreached with a document outlining 100 so-called ‘broken’ promises from Barry O’Farrell. They haven’t learnt their lesson, as a new document demonstrates, writes Mr Tiedt.

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NSW voters still revolted at the thought of a Labor government

The first Newspoll since the NSW election has Labor polling at an abysmal 22%. The next election is 42 months away and numbers were expected to be bad, but not that bad, writes Mr Tiedt.

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