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Keane: govt hoisted by its own FOFA petard

The government’s half-smart decision to try to sneak its repeal of FOFA through parliament has ended up costing it dearly.

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Victorian fringe candidates fight for their right to micro-paaaaaaarty

The 2013 federal election had some very strange results, with micro-parties benefiting from byzantine preference deals. Crikey’s Victorian election reporter Dan Moss asks: is Victoria in for motoring enthusiasts and smart meter haters?

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Why Fairfax vastly overestimates micro-parties’ chances in Victoria

Pundits are hyping the chances of micro-parties gaining seats in Victoria’s upper house at November’s election. Don’t listen to them.

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Rundle: Ricky Muir, a closet lefty unionist in revhead clothing

Tony Abbott hoped he’d be able to beguile the oddball crossbenchers in the Senate, but revelations about Ricky Muir’s unionist past could prove a sticking point.

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Rundle: c’mon everyone, let’s play Senate Bingo!

Will David Leyonhelm vote with the Greens on same-sex marriage? Will Ricky Muir back the Coalition on foreign policy? Play Crikey’s handy Senate Bingo game and find out!

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Tips and rumours

Can the CDPP back up new anti-terror laws? … Daily Tele photoshop fail … AFP’s Eid dinner no quiet affair …

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Rundle: ‘preference whisperer’ alleges backstabbing and dysfunction behind Ricky Muir

Crikey’s writer-at-large speaks to sacked AMEP staffer Glenn Druery and gets it straight from the “preference whisperer’s” mouth.

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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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Poll Bludger: Muir debacle may send voters back into the arms of major parties

The fall out from Senator Ricky Muir’s sacking of chief-of-staff Glenn Druery last week is likely to be sending voters a strong signal about the pitfalls of political inexperience.

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Tips and rumours

China re-opens old wounds … pink jumpsuits in the bargain bin … junior footy stoush …

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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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iSentia index: with fancy footwork, Clive outshines them all

Clive Palmer certainly knows how to keep his name in the paper.

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Poll Bludger: meet the senators who hold the balance of power

Tony Abbott will have to woo the Palmer United senators and a few more to get any of his legislation passed. Let’s look at the new senators who will be standing in the way of an Abbott agenda.

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Razer-sharp wit

Crikey readers (and writers) talk Helen Razer on Channel Seven, Iraq and government spying.

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‘Not a protected species’: Seven stands by Muir interview

Is asking to go ‘off-air’ a request to go off-the-record? Ricky Muir’s people think so, but it’s not a shared view.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: Muir won, but we’ve all lost

You think Ricky Muir came out of that interview looking bad? Think again. Willesee’s interview was a wake for late modernism, with politics and journalism both emerging distinctly tarnished.

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Common sense prevails in Senate preferential voting changes

After the debacle of the Senate election last year, Parliament is looking at changing the way Australians vote. And for once, the changes actually make a good deal of sense.

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Clive Palmer’s balance of power more fragile than it looks

Clive Palmer’s balance of power in the Senate is a fragile thing, and may not last. His three-and-a-half senators may not be able to help themselves in Parliament.

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