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Rundle: Victorian Greens optimistic, but rumblings beneath the surface

The Victorian Greens are polling well and hope to take out more than one seat at this year’s state poll. But where to concentrate finite resources?

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Poll Bludger: Greens riding high in WA

Labor is comfortably ahead on a two-party preferred basis, and the latest Newspoll results show support for minor parties blossoming in Western Australia.

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Governments giving with one hand, taking with the other

Crikey readers have their say on aged care, Fairfax, the Greens and stamp duty.

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Country for old men? A parliamentary snapshot

Which political party is full of spring chickens, and which is moving gracefully into later years? Are our senators older or younger than our lower house MPs? Crikey intern Jake Stevens takes a look at the demographics of our august chambers.

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The ‘electoral reform’ song and dance in Queensland

The major parties are fired up about electoral reform in Queensland. But guess who benefits? The major parties, of course. Anthony Pink, data analyst and returning officer for the Queensland Greens, explains.

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Ian Plimer takes on the ‘totalitarian’ greens in latest book

Ian Plimer is a highly influential climate sceptic. His new book, via a Ballarat-based Catholic-aligned publisher, takes on the environmental movement. Will Tony Abbott read it?

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A truly democratic Labor Party

Crikey readers talk the future of the Labor Party, whether our government acts in our national interest, and a Greens v Fairfax spat.

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Media briefs: Greens’ ad pulled … Sat Paper expands … Bard B-day …

The Greens say The Sydney Morning Herald pulled their ad because of bias. The paper’s editors say the ad muddled advertising and editorial. Plus other media tidbits …

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Tips and rumours

Greens showdown over party reform … Transfield v Serco for immigration centres? … Barry’s new career …

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Palmer, Ludlam … and pot? Who can win the Senate in the wild west

The recall Western Australian Senate election is effectively a race for three seats — and Clive Palmer will probably decide it one way or another. Crikey’s polling analyst previews the race.

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Imagine there were proportional representation in your parliament …

Is there a fairer way to decide who represents us in parliament? Proportional representation is one solution. Matthew Brown crunches the numbers to see just what that would look like.

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Saville’s Shout: Balmain preselection … Biennale boycott stupidity …

Things are hotting up for preselection for the NSW state seat of Balmain — just a year before the election.

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WA Senate vote: minor parties eye preference deals — again

The minor parties will again play a key roll in the recall election in Western Australia. The wheeling and dealing could have a big impact on who ends up in the Senate come July.

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‘No path to privatisation’? Spectre of NBN float raises hopes — and hackles

Legislation prevents the NBN from being sold for some time, but plenty of bankers want to get their hands on it sooner. The Greens and Labor say it should remain in public hands — what does Clive Palmer think?

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It’s the end of the ALP as we know it (and Greens feel fine)

The Labor Party is under attack from both sides, writes La Trobe University professorial fellow Dennis Altman at Inside Story. Voters trust the Liberals more to manage the economy; progressives are increasingly turning to the Greens.

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‘The day democracy died’: how SA killed micro-party dissent

South Australia’s new legislation significantly raises the barrier for entry for minor parties. Liam Mannix reports at InDaily that this year’s election will have a lot fewer candidates as a result.

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Tips and rumours

Greens ructions over Vic preselections … Abbott and his ‘brothers’ … ‘gay love story’ over immigration ruling …

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Tips and rumours

Tales from Sydney property market … why bogong moths love Parliament House … Zed Seselja poised and ready

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The Power 50 for 2013: Bernard Keane on the most powerful in politics

There is a new political power structure in Australia. Prime Minister Tony Abbott heads Crikey’s 2013 list of Australia’s most powerful 50 people, but there are some surprising movers and shakers on there too. The Power Index goes live today.

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Tips and rumours

Split looms in NSW Greens this weekend? … who is the Australian Institute … whistleblower loses home in bushfire …

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Greens spoke too late on WA Senate loss

Crikey readers have their say on the Greens senate drama in WA, the technicalities of same-sex divorce and tax office surveillance.

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Greens staffer exodus? Supporters round behind Milne

Senior Greens staffers have slammed reportage of an internal crack-up in Christine Milne’s office as a media beat-up.

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Tips and rumours

Grumbles about Abbott’s media control … will Milne leave the Senate this term? … Crikey announces new tree species discovered! …

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

What in the world is going on in Germany? The Left parties could form a coalition government without Angela Merkel, but they won’t. Plus other political snippets noted along the way.

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Greens post-mortem: back to 2004, and questions to be answered

The Greens election result has taken them back to 2004 in terms of their national vote. They need to determine how it went wrong after Bob Brown left.

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