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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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