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Labor’s moral victory

Crikey writers talk Bandt’s Greenstown, how western Sydney was saved and what’s to like about Labor.

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Don’t blame Abbott — the Left loves to lose

Progressives need to be aware that this is a long game, and while the conservatives have won the battle, it’s progressives who always win the war.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The Coalition has won government in the lower house, but controlling a Senate of micro-parties will be like herding cats.

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Lazy voters + broken system = sport, motoring lobbies in Senate

Almost a quarter of Australians voted for small parties in the Senate this time around, and the bizarre flow of preferences has elected very strange micro-parties. Here’s the state of play.

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Abbott’s strong majority: who won the key seats

Tony Abbott is Australia’s 28th Prime Minister after a convincing election win that has also seen the rise of minor parties. Here’s what they picked up.

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Disunity was death for a government with a strong record

Labor managed the economy well and achieved significant reforms, but ultimately simply couldn’t govern itself. Voters were always going to punish them for it.

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Poll Bludger: what role the minor parties could play tomorrow

Plenty of people have dismissed the Palmer United Party as a rich man’s ego trip, but its potential for disruption shouldn’t be underestimated.

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Tony, the godfather, with the energy of audacity

Tony Abbott has already won. He knows it, Rudd knows it, everyone knows it. But he’s still campaigning like the godfather he is, with consigliere Peta Credlin not far behind. Relax. It’s not going to be that bad.

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Why neither major party is addressing indigenous poverty

Despit the epidemic of indigenous poverty, neither major party has a comprehensive policy to address it. Jon Altman, professor at ANU’s Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, says only the Greens have a different approach.

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Crikey losing its way but for Keane’s moral compass

Crikey readers talk the problem with the major parties and surveillance state.

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The case for why Australians should pay even more tax

Australia can have low taxes and balanced budgets, or balanced budgets and high-quality public services, but not all three, write Centre for Policy Development fellows Miriam Lyons, Shaun Wilson, Adam Stebbing and Adrian March.

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Foreign aid policy head-to-head: what would the Coalition do?

What would a Coalition government do with Australia’s foreign aid? Associate Director Robin Davies of ANU’s Development Policy Centre has examined both sides to compile an election policy brief.

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Media briefs: Coalition cut … News and REA … exclusive watch …

The Daily Telegraph has an exclusive-that-wasn’t, and other media bites of the day.

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Privacy and media

Crikey readers have their say on privacy and journalists collecting their information, the disadvantages of being a small party and the meaning of “huis clos”.

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PEFO fiscal update: nothing to see here, folks

The Pre-Election Economic and Fiscal Outlook reveals virtually nothing new compared to Labor’s Economic Statement. Now it’s over to the Coalition.

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The Liberals betting it all on western Sydney

Guy Rundle is on the campaign trail in the western Sydney seat of Reid, where chipmunky blokes fight forgettable faces for the key seats in this election.

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Campaign scorecard: Beattie surprise gives Rudd the splash

Crikey asks the sharpest political commentators which leader got the best of the campaigning day yesterday, plus we track where the leaders are and what cash promises they’ve made …

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Media briefs: questions for journos … raiding Foxtel … News Corp ban …

Is News Corp going to try to force Telstra out of Foxtel? There’s talk it will happen, but it could cost billions.

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Tips and rumours

Parties’ postal vote rort raising hackles … who is Jaymes Diaz? … Waterhouse sells out … Maccas update

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Campaign scorecard: company tax cut gives Libs a win

Crikey asks the sharpest political commentators which leader got the best of the campaigning day yesterday, plus we track where the leaders are and what cash promises they’ve made …

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Preference count: the fine art of shafting one’s coalition partner

Labor and the Liberals are considering a preference deal to shut out their junior coalition partners. The parties need to decide: who is the real enemy here?

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Coalition split on gay exemption aged-care providers don’t want

UPDATED: The Coalition wants to ensure church-run aged care providers can deny beds to gay people. But the organisations tell Crikey they don’t discriminate — and don’t want the protection to do it.

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The ambiguous term ‘middle class’

Crikey readers have their say.

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The Power Index: election deciders, campaign directors #1

Crikey has been counting down the most powerful people in the fight for the 2013 federal election. Here’s our number one: the campaign directors. Who are these people, and what tack are they taking in 2013?

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The media are going big on predicting the end of the Gillard government. Plus other political views noted along the way.

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