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Penny’s loss is the SDA’s gain: how Wong got rolled

The Labor Left is furious that Finance Minister Penny Wong has been placed behind Don Farrell on the South Australian ticket. Why was she overlooked in favour of a ‘faceless man’?

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Crikey Blogs | LINKS|

Newspoll: 52-48 to Liberal in South Australia

The final quarterly Newspoll of South Australian state voting intention concurs with last month’s Advertiser poll in showing a honeymoon bounce for Labor under new leader Jay Weatherill, writes William Bowe.

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Going, going … just get on with it, Rann

Mike Rann’s end-time as premier has come in a flurry of tweets and media statements typical of him — always focused on the good, never on the bad, writes Des Ryan.

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Thoughtlines with Bob Carr | LINKS|

Carr: Rann didn’t deserve to be booted

It should have been Mike Rann’s decision on when he would leave his spot as SA Premier, not a backroom party deal, says former NSW Premier Bob Carr.

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Not a knife in the back but a club to the back of the head

They will be able to say in South Australia that the assassination of a Premier was done without spilling blood. The man is still politically dead but Rann’s statement that he is stepping down makes it look cleaner, writes Richard Farmer.

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Crikey Blogs | LINKS|

Newspoll: 56-44 to Liberal in SA

Newspoll has published its first poll of state voting intention in South Australia since Labor’s lucky escape at last year’s election. After limping to a majority at the election, the poll now finds Labor trailing 56-44, reports William Bowe.

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SA election scandal to taint Rudd’s campaign?

Labor’s election fraud — falsely distributing how-to-vote cards for Family First indicating preferences should go to ALP — in South Australia last Saturday has broken state borders, writes Hendrik Gout.

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Time to get SA out of smarm’s way

Yesterday, Mike Rann described his government’s likely narrow election win as “the sweetest victory of all.” Um, really?

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SA: Rann returns, but Labor breaches trust on day one

The Labor Government of SA Premier Mike Rann was this weekend kicked in the sensitive parts, not stabbed fatally in the heart. And they have dirty tricks to thank, says Hendrik Gout.

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The Piping Shrike | FEDERAL|

Don’t underestimate how screwed-up SA Labor is

The swing against Labor in SA may have been smaller than in Tasmania, but the latter was just the rotting corpse of the “old” ALP further decomposing. More troubling for Rudd is how weak the “new” ALP has proven in SA, says The Piping Shrike.

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Larvartus Prodeo | SA|

Coming second doesn’t make you a winner

Wow, the Liberals came second in both the Tasmanian and the SA elections! What a great result. Except, that means they lost both elections, not that you’d realise from reading today’s headlines.

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The Australian | SA|

How Hawker pulled it off in SA

Peter van Onselen has a blow-by-blow account of how ALP strategist Bruce Hawker engineered Mike Rann’s unlikely victory in SA. And if that’s what he did for an unpopular leader, think about what he can do for Rudd.

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Poll Bludger: SA Labor holding on by skin of their teeth

However, the trend to the Liberals which began when Isobel Redmond became leader last July has continued to gather pace, to the extent that Labor now hopes for little more than to hang on as a minority government.

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SA election preview: a hot day in Adelaide, and Rann is feeling the heat

A year ago, they were cruising in the political equivalent of air-conditioned comfort. Now, Mike Rann and Labor hope for nothing more than to hang on, writes Michael Jacobs from Adelaide.

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Crikey Blogs | SA|

Poll Bludger predicts the SA election: a one-seat Labor majority

Crikey’s resident wonk, William Bowe reveals his predictions for this weekend’s SA election: Labor will lose four seats, the Libs will gain seven, independents will lose two, and the Nats will lose one: resulting in a one-seat Labor majority.

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The Australian | SA|

Inside SA Labor’s last supper

Michael Owen reports on the somber and pessimistic mood of ALP politicians at the big media and pollie schmooze at the V8 Clipsal motor race as they digest the idea of a hung parliament.

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The Punch | SA|

Penberthy: How SA got its groove back (but Rann lost his)

South Australia is booming, says David Penberthy: property prices are up, the resource industry is going strong and there are more cultural festivals than you can poke a stick at. Yet Mike Rann has still managed to bugger it up.

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Rann’s approval takes a caning as Libs firm in SA election market

As the South Australian election campaign enters its final fortnight, a complacent betting market continues to rate the Liberals a $3.60 long shot — but that should change following today’s Newspoll.

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The Australian | SA|

Newspoll: Bad news for SA ALP — worse for Rann

The latest Newspoll results in South Australia — a 50-50 TPP — shows voters are growing tired of Rann, and the fresh face of Isobel Redmond is starting to look very appealing in comparison, writes David Nason.

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Crikey Blogs | SA|

A dead heat in SA

With less than a fortnight until election day, Newspoll has released a poll of South Australian state voting intention: a two-party preferred of 50-50, with the Libs leading on the primaries and Rann’s disapproval rating surging past his approval.

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Andrew Bartlett | SA|

Bartlett: Will Tassie and SA both have hung parliaments?

It’s just two weeks before the Tassie and SA state elections, and while it’s been a strong possibility that no single party will win outright in Tasmania, it now may also happen in South Australia. But they’d be very different hung parliaments, writes Andrew Bartlett.

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Crikey Blogs | SA|

52-48 to Labor in SA

Seven weeks out from the SAW state election, an Advertiser poll finds Labor still leading at 52-48, compared with 57-4 in December and 56.8-43.2 at the 2006 election, reports William Bowe.

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SA Attorney-General says ‘break the law’

Hendrik Gout dips into the bizarre world that is South Australian politics and explains what all the fuss about Mike Atkinson is about.

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Crikey Blogs | SA|

Bartlett: SA’s futile and foolish new laws

South Australia’s new laws requiring people to use their real name and address when making comments about elections online are draconian and dumb — not to mention totally unworkable, says Andrew Bartlett.

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Is the SA government censoring free speech online?

South Australia has just passed a law that will require all Crow Eaters to publish their real name and postcode when making a comment on next month’s state election online — including blogs, Twitter, Facebook, the ABC and possibly even Crikey.

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