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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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NSW Labor has to go Green or go home

NSW Labor has historically turned its attention to competing with the Greens, giving the Liberals a free run.

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Labor’s fancy footwork makes the best of branch-stacking decision

Hicham Zraika has been found guilty of branch stacking in the NSW Labor Party — but that’s not all bad for Luke Foley.

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Reds under the bed: where are our socialist MPs?

New NSW Labor boss Luke Foley is emphatically not a socialist. So where are the socialists in government?

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Faulkner’s retirement a loss across many fronts

Labor Senator John Faulkner’s retirement marks the end of an era in Australian politics.

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Will NSW Labor snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in byelections?

Two NSW byelections on October 25 will mark a defining point for NSW Labor. Is the ALP returning to form, or is its leader John Robertson holding it back?

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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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