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Poll Bludger: Fairfax’s Labor landslide too good to be true, but Liberals still on shaky ground

Fairfax’s new pollster might result in better headlines, but a closer look reveals the truth.

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Essential: Labor on track in Victoria — and Palmer collapsing in Qld

Labor remains in the lead in Victoria, polling from Essential Research shows, and Clive Palmer’s party has faded badly in Queensland.

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Napthine faces voters with a struggling economy

The Napthine government will go to the polls with the worst-performing major state economy.

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WA economy leads, but other states catching up

Commsec’s State of the States report shows two very different parts of the country leading in growth, writes Yolanda Redrup.

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Vic v Qld v NSW: who’s the winner of the first-term governments?

Three Coalition premiers are running the east coast states. A Crikey analysis of their economies shows Barry O’Farrell is streets ahead, while Victoria marks time and Queensland is in the doldrums.

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Carbon price v privatisation — which is worse in the Latrobe?

A new report suggests the Latrobe Valley will fare better under a carbon price than under electricity privatisation. Not that that was how it was reported.

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How NSW and Victoria billed the rest of us for public housing

NSW and Victoria have slashed their level of public housing investment to take advantage of the GFC stimulus packages.

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Employment grows, and not just in the mining states

The “patchwork economy” isn’t much in evidence in today’s employment data.

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Victorian election: week two

Week two happenings in the Victorian election so far include the media’s diagnosis of the soon-to-be-forgotten leaders debate, Ted Ballieu’s struggle to get his message out and the ALP’s secret research that tells them what they should already know, reports William Bowe.

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Ted Baillieu is the real winner of the health debate

John Brumby’s recalcitrance on health reform has led to some unexpected scrutiny of his own health record — and it’s not pretty. Opposition leader Ted Baillieu must be unable to believe his luck.

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What Royal Commission? DSE keeps on lighting fires

Fuel reduction burning remains something of a contentious issue in Victoria, but that hasn’t deterred the state’s Department of Sustainability and Environment, writes Lionel Elmore.

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Theophanous no match for Vic police offensive

Theo Theophanous, the Victorian government MP who has been charged with r-pe, has been busy using the media to defend himself against his accuser, but he may regret the strategy, writes Greg Barnes.

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Forget Henson, politicians are partial to playground trawling too

How does Ms Pike justify her practice, and that of her colleagues in parliaments right across Australia, eagerly rushing off to schools, particularly at election time, so they can be photographed with unsuspecting kids who can’t vote? asks Greg Barns.

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Abortion in Catholic hospitals: what would Jesus do?

What would Jesus do…if he was the CEO of a catholic hospital confronted with the proposed new abortion laws currently before the Victorian Parliament?

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The Government must pay Cranbourne residents

There will certainly be class actions arising out of the methane gas leaks in Cranbourne, an outer suburb of Melbourne. At the moment, 230 homeowners have been advised to relocate and up to a thousand may be affected, writes Peter Faris.

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The Crikey Ethicist: The politics of tragedy

The idea of tragedy has been exiled from our political culture, writes John Armstrong.

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Video: Open season on black swans in Victoria:

Video footage following up on the plight of black swans and how the DSE is responding.

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40 black swans shot. ABC wants more

When Bairnsdale locals found out that 40 black swans had been shot in a DSE authorised cull, the contacted ABC’s Stateline with the story. That’s when it got interesting, writes Lionel Elmore.

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Vic staffers code of conduct: be nice to your MP

As of today, electorate office staff of Victorian MPs will be bound by a new code of conduct signed off by Victorian Speaker Jenny Lindell and Council President Robert Smith, writes Bernard Keane.

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Let Zarah Garde-Wilson practise law again

Once someone walks free from court, most people would assume that they could get on with their lives. Not so the flamboyant Ms Garde-Wilson, writes Greg Barns.

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Kossman witch-hunt a study in procedural unfairness

Melbourne emergency medicine specialist Thomas Kossman has become a national figure because he has been subjected to what looks disturbingly like a witch hunt, writes Greg Barns.

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Gippsland: a by-election for the undertaking

The campaign for the Federal seat of Gippsland is off and running at a funereal pace, which is apt, writes an anonymous Gippsland innsider.

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Lunch with a leading Malcolmtent

Malcolm Turnbull fronts the National Press Club today. Bernard Keane will be wondering, chicken or beef?

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The blog wars: New emails send Vic Libs running scared

One of the original sackees in the Lib blogs scandal has kept more or less every email he has ever received during his time in the party, and has enough ammunition to scare plenty of people, reports Bernard Keane.

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The Baillieu blog: with friends like these …

Some choices moments from that Baillieu blog. Compiled by Thomas Hunter.

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