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Tips and rumours

Blue ties, smilin at me’ … Simon Crean heads to uni? … Burnie paper advocates for jobless, should start at home …

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Replacing Crean: a guide to the ALP’s Hotham preselection

The ALP will soon pick a candidate to replace Simon Crean in the Victorian electorate of Hotham. We take a detailed look at who’s likely to win.

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Make a present of Christmas Island

Crikey readers talk Hotham preselection, Tony Abbott on carbon emissions and a novel plan for asylum seekers.

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ALP meltdown over Hotham could deliver Crean’s pick the goods

Monash councillor and Hotham preselection contender Geoff Lake has emerged smiling from a meeting of the Victorian ALP’s Labor Unity grouping. But a factional fight is still brewing.

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MPs taking your tax dollars with them on overseas sojourns

Simon Crean is heading to Europe on a taxpayer-funded “study” jaunt which may include cooking lessons. Crikey intern Fergus Hunter looks at the rules on MP travel and picks out some highlights.

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iSentia index: it’s all about Labor

Tony Abbott is the only Coalition politician in the top 20 this week as K-Rudd’s ascendancy and cabinet reshuffle take centre stage.

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ALP preselections: councillor in box seat to replace Simon Crean

ALP veteran Simon Crean is heading for the door — and Geoff Lake is in contention to succeed him in Victoria’s federal seat of Hotham. Crean is the latest high-profile Labor departure, leaving more holes in the party’s federal election plans.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The losers in this week’s education reforms are likely to make their disappointment known, but the winners will probably not follow suit. Plus other political issues of the day.

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Post-Crean, arts shake-up begins — with winners and losers

Simon Crean is gone, but the Gillard government is pressing on with its Australia Council reforms. It might face opposition to the decision to scrap artform-specific representation.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The gender bias in scientific studies, plus other political issues of the day.

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Keane: super is upper-class welfare and a swindle

It’s predictable that media outlets aimed at the wealthy would defend the current superannuation tax rorts, which see the poor boost the retirement savings of the very rich. So why is Simon Crean defending it?

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The strangely malleable legacy of the Hawke-Keating years

Labor figures who now invoke the Hawke-Keating legacy appear to have forgotten what actually happened back then. And if Labor really wants to embrace the H and K era, here’s what they should do on superannuation …

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The 15 shades of Gary Gray — Labor on the edge of the abyss

What’s wrong with Labor? Well, everything … but here are at least 15 of the reasons. Let’s start with Gary Gray.

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Tips and rumours

Nervous times at the ABC? … Crikey banned from Rupert’s ball … Tassie council sees the light on Easter …

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iSentia Index: last hurrah for MPs as Labor self-destructs

Senior Labor MPs went down in a blaze of media coverage after they fell on their swords following the spill that wasn’t.

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Single motherhood not a ‘problem’

Crikey readers talk adoption, Simon Crean and the leadership spill that wasn’t.

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Vale, Simon Crean

Crikey readers bid farewell to Simon Crean, talk Vatican ambassadors and give thanks to First Dog on the Moon.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: a croc and a crock

Australian politics has come to a pretty pass when a politician is ridiculed for having told the truth. Kevin Rudd and Simon Crean, each in his own way, has suffered from this strange phenomenon since yesterday’s challenge that wasn’t.

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Ruddversal: Labor goes from very bad to even worse

Labor is now a bitterly-divided party with considerable talent sitting idle on the backbench and a huge defeat looming. The main question is will Tony Abbott win both houses of Parliament?

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My Cup of Tea: Crean’s cultural policy in jeopardy

Simon Crean’s suicide mission has left Australia without an arts minister. Is the recently developed cultural policy dead in the water?

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Gillard’s leadership intact, but her wrecked party is not

A very tough Julia Gillard came through today’s spill with her leadership intact. But what’s the damage done to the ALP, and how on earth can the party come back from this to win the election?

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Crean’s coup flops as Rudd fades away

Simon Crean’s impassioned speech this afternoon imploring Kevin Rudd to challenge for the Labor leadership took everyone by surprise — most especially Kevin Rudd.

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The key players in their own words

Crikey tracks what the key players said in a dramatic day for the Gillard government.

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How the day unfolded: anatomy of a failed coup

After an afternoon of high drama, Julia Gillard has survived a coup sparked by ex-frontbencher Simon Crean (Crean called on Gillard for a spill). Gillard remains PM. Read how the failed leadership bid unfolded.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Too many entrants to the Daily Leadership Beat-Up Award to even choose a winner, plus other political issues of the day.

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