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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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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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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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Poll Bludger: McKay forced to accept a parachute as byelections spell trouble for Labor

Even after ICAC revelations tarnish Liberals, NSW Labor still struggles to win public support in weekend byelection.

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Is Barry O’Farrell eyeing Canberra?

NSW is undergoing a changing of the guard as numerous state MPs bow out. But former premier Barry O’Farrell might not be staying out of politics for long.

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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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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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Up close and personal with Bob Carr for $150 a head, but don’t call it a fundraiser

A Sydney dinner to honour Bob Carr will inevitably gloss over the political black marks of the former NSW premier’s career. Luckily, NSW political correspondent Alex Mitchell is here to explain some of capricious Carr’s questionable history.

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Shades of Rudd mark II in Dump Robbo campaign

The News Corp press (and Crikey!) have been rubbishing NSW Labor leader John Robertson in a campaign that looks a lot like Gillard’s knifing, writes NSW political reporter Alex Mitchell.

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Poll Bludger: Liberals try again to weed out Clover

The NSW Liberal Party has a thorn in its side in the shape of Clover Moore. Since the people of Sydney love their Lord Mayor, what to do? Give businesses more votes.

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The last ‘Trog’ standing leaves NSW Parliament

MP Richard Amery, the last of the factional overlords in NSW state parliament, will retire in March next year.

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NSW shooters bring out federal big guns in parkland battle

A stretch of parkland south-east of Sydney has become a federal political hot potato, with an incoming senator promising to block the budget unless it is given to the rifle club. Crikey writers Paddy Manning and Melanie Garrick report.

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Tips and rumours

The snoopiest profession … firies and politics …ANU staff “encouraged to go” … Rupert watch

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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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NSW filibuster for the tragics, but there’s bigger stuff at stake

This weekend the norms of NSW parliamentary procedure were put to the test with a total of more than 29 hours of debate and the first use of the “guillotine” rule to cut off debate since 1906, writes David Mallard, lecturer, political analyst and blogger.

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New South Wales Labor — plenty to apologise for

A leader like Kristina Keneally searches desperately for the trick that might enable her to pull off such an unlikely comeback. Her move yesterday, however, to apologise for Labor’s past mistakes, is not it.

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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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Laboring over Vic loss … editing the NT News

Surely, entrusting an unqualified novice with the institution that is the NT News — home of headlines such as “Man Bashed By Prawn” and “Garden Gnomes Busted For Drugs” — was a dangerous move? Plus, rats in the NSW Labor ranks and other media snippets of the day.

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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 to spend $1 billion on the Opera House — WTF?

The NSW State Government’s announcement over the weekend to fund a renovation of the Sydney Opera House to the tune of $1 billion is either just a furphy or an ill-conceived waste of tax-payers money, writes Nicholas Pickard.

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Top NSW cop lashes at Joe Tripodi

Clive Small, former Assistant Commissioner of the NSW Police, has delivered a stinging criticism of Finance Minister Joe Tripodi in his new book, writes Alex Mitchell.

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Can Graeme Wedderburn save NSW Labor?

The NSW Labor Government is in such dire straits that no single individual can save it, writes Alex Mitchell.

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