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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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Labor’s ‘dodgy’ SA election win heads for the court

The result of the South Australian election is being challenged by a political outsider in a reticent court and the South Australian public is being left in the dark by the local press, writes David Donovan.

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Crikey Blogs | SA|

Bartlett: SA Upper House results make history

The final results from the South Australian election are in, and there were a few bits of history involved, reports Andrew Bartlett. Most notably, 21-year-old Kelly Vincent has become the youngest woman ever elected to an Australian Parliament.

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The good things about increasing our population…

Crikey readers weigh in on the population debate and the SA election. Plus, a Qantas spokesman fights back over ‘cooking the books’ allegations.

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Memo SA Liberal leader: with friends like these…

SA Liberal leader Isobel Redmond started the week basking in having almost won the election. A week later she’d dumped her deputy and been rolled on her preference for his replacement. Michael Jacobs explains what went down.

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Richardson: The time has come for a debate on electoral reform

Tasmania’s system isn’t perfect, but it’s streets ahead of other states when it comes to fairness. The rest of the country should be watching and learning.

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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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The spin continues into SA Labor’s new term

Premier Mike Rann’s personal approval rating is now below 50%, and everyone who’s sat an exam knows bitterly that less than half marks is a fail, writes Hendrik Gout.

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Electioneering pollies get the coverage

Beyond the state contests, the media focus last week remained totally on health and on the leaders, with Nicola Roxon dropping a spot and Peter Dutton not even making the Top 20.

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The Australian | FEDERAL|

How the SA election can help Rudd win

Yes, it was perhaps a closer election in South Australia on the weekend than the ALP would have liked, but there are two significant lessons to learn for the federal election. Be positive and be careful of the spin, says Chris Kenny.

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Crikey’s election coverage

Crikey readers blast Crikey over our SA election coverage. Will you be seeing articles by Bill O’Reilly next week in Crikey? asks one reader.

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The Tally Room | SA|

A tale of two voting systems

It wasn’t just the ALP and Libs going head-to-head in the weekend’s elections: it was SA’s single-member preferential voting system up against Tasmania’s single transferable vote proportional representation system (aka Hare-Clark). So which works best?

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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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State elections: down for the count

As the air cleared on Saturday night and Sunday morning, word was that the results in South Australia and Tasmania were too close to call. However, for all but the most starry-eyed Liberal optimists, that was only half true.

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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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Tasmanian Greens in a quandary

Don’t take Tasmania’s Greens for granted, why Rann can thank the pollsters for his victory, expect an increasingly thorough analysis from the Coalition of Hawker Britton’s client list, and more thoughts from Richard Farmer.

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Debating Abbott, Rudd’s on a hiding to nothing

The results in South Australia and Tasmania were hardly what Kevin Rudd would have chosen; but in the end the damage was more psychological than psephological.

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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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Crikey Blogs | SA|

SA election: skew not skewered

The SA election had something you don’t see very often in Australian elections: a major skew in the swing. The safer the government seat, the larger the swing against the government. Possum Comitatus has the numbers.

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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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The state election wash-up

The SA and Tasmanian battles may be over, but the 2010 political war has just begun, and the pundits are sharpening their swords.

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Redmond in bowling club burnt end

On the eve of the SA election, Opposition leader Isobel Redmond has been forced to answer questions about a legal deal she was involved in as member for Heysen, writes Crikey intern Tom Cowie.

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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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It’s touch and go in Tassie

If the Greens in Tasmania get anything like the 25% that Newspoll predicts this morning then Labor everywhere has plenty to worry about. Plus, Kevin Rudd and his three election debates and other political news.

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