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Crikey Clarifier: can Palmer claim Lambie’s seat for PUP?

Jacqui Lambie and the Palmer United Party have called it quits, but will she be allowed to stay in the Senate as an independent? Crikey intern Diana Hodgetts investigates.

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Rundle: how Lambie could bring down our cosy, undemocratic oligarchy

Jacqui Lambie has become even more of a wild card now that she’s ditched Clive. But what does this fiasco mean for our democracy?

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ABC cuts spawn a powerful enemy for the Coalition

Crikey readers have their day on ABC cuts, Jacqui Lambie’s defection and other issues of the day.

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Rundle: the rise of Clivosaurus a product of voter curiosity

Far from being the populist saviour of our supposedly broken political system, Clive Palmer swept to power on little more than voter curiosity, and has given Queenslanders more Lefty shtick than they expected.

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Libs boost their flagging spirits (and Big Ted gets a look-in) at campaign launch

Bad polls? What bad polls? The Liberals are ebullient in Ballarat — but Palmer hopes to throw a spanner in the works. Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss reports.

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Palmer’s sneak attack on mainstream politics turns into a massacre

Clive Palmer’s party is polling badly and his senators are revolting — but the mining magnate still reckons he can win in Victoria. Crikey’s Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss explains.

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Horseracing on borrowed time

Crikey readers have their say on the Melbourne Cup and other issues of the day.

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The decline — and fall? — of the Palmer United Party

Clive Palmer’s once potent PUP is now polling badly — and following the same trajectory as other minor parties.

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Tips and rumours

Looking for PUPs in Victoria … faceless men protecting Roozendaal in NSW … Mike Baird and the Tele …

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Poll Bludger: voters tire of PUP’s political circus

After a brief honeymoon period, the Palmer United Party has suffered a steady decline in its polling results since July. To recover lost ground, Clive will need one hell of an ad blitz in the lead up to Queensland’s 2015 election.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: like Emma Watson, downvote Lambie, and make yourself feel better

Yes, Jacqui Lambie made a dick of herself. But spilling thousands of pixels on the matter is helping precisely no one.

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Rundle: we have to change the system — or Palmer will be our next kingmaker

There is a dirty little secret about Australia’s democracy: it is not, in fact, democratic.

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Rundle: shock, horror! Politicians did some actual politics

Crossbenchers have made a deal with the government to pass its legislation in return for current or future benefits. That’s what’s called politics — so why is everyone losing their damn minds?

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Palmer’s China comments could scupper trade deal

The Abbott government was close to negotiating a free trade agreement with China. That is, until Clive Palmer got involved.

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What’s happening with China?

Crikey readers talk Clive Palmer, China and the foundational texts of Western civilisation.

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iSentia index: Gaza, Justin Bieber and Ricky Muir spark discussion

Social media came into its own this week, as international events continued to dominate the local news agenda.

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PUP could be a force to be reckoned with in 2015 Qld election

Although some of Clive Palmer’s aspirations remain unrealised, there are historical reasons to expect his Palmer United Party will prove a contender when Queenslanders go to the polls next year.

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Why you should care about FoFA, even if you have no money to manage

The government’s Future of Financial Advice reforms are law (just about). But what do they actually mean? And if you don’t have a financial adviser, why should you care? Crikey’s business editor breaks it down.

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Poll Bludger: Palmer riding high as Abbott continues to dive

Latest polls show Labor well ahead while growing support emerges for Palmer United.

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Rundle: inside the bloody red chamber as time disappears

The carbon tax was repealed at 11.14, but there’s still a long way to go for this sitting of Senate.

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Palmer out-Abbotts Abbott to complicate carbon price repeal

Clive Palmer’s profound inconsistency resembles Tony Abbott’s opposition tactics — and it’s making life miserable for the government.

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Rundle: a buzz of black and yellow as newbies take their seats

The Gillard government’s signature piece of policy, the carbon tax, has been quietly prepared for execution — as Clive upstaged his own senators.

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Labor’s lead stretches to 53-47 as budget gloom lingers

It looked for a while like the Coalition’s numbers were going to turn around, but this week’s BludgerTrack shows Labor still ahead.

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Crikey’s Senate balance of power game

Cut out the independent senators at the bottom and mix and match them to see if the Coalition can pass legislation. If the PUP-aligned senators demur, can Tony Abbott pass his legislative agenda with just Bob Day, John Madigan and Nick Xenophon? Crikey intern Jake Stevens has it covered.

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Maverick or political dinosaur? A weekend with Clive Palmer

Clive Palmer was in fine form at his Fairfax Festival Weekend, spouting folksy wisdom and avoiding tricky questions. Freelance journalist James Rose was there to experience the madness.

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