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Tim Blair journeys to western Sydney, finds Muslims, freaks out

Remember “fair go for the west”? It’s all very well and good in theory, but when Tele columnist Tim Blair makes a sojourn (to his own city) he brings his Islamophobia with him, writes Overland editor Jeff Sparrow

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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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The landslide that wasn’t: how Labor kept its Sydney heartland

The polls pointed to a landslide to the Liberals in Sydney, but Labor managed to retain its base. How did they do it, and how did the polls get it so wrong? Crikey intern Angelo Risso reports.

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Who wins, who cares?

Crikey readers have their say about the election, the grimness of the Northern Territory and the correct meaning of the word “wherefore”.

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Rudd needs another 2%, and he’s struggling to find it

Kevin Rudd is performing as well as Labor MPs expected him to when he returned. Problem is, it’s not nearly enough to win. Our Canberra correspondent sums up the week that was.

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Crikey Calling: the ‘smash the state’ election podcast

Crikey’s Guy Rundle and Cathy Alexander pan the parties, smash the state and call for a new order in Australian politics. This is Crikey’s uncut response to a dull, technocratic and gaffe-obsessed election campaign.

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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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Blacktown blues

Crikey readers both love and hate Guy Rundle’s take on Blacktown.

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Out west, Rowland faces train-loads of the disengaged

Labor MP Michelle Rowland’s story is the sort aspirational model tailor-made for western Sydney. But on the Riverstone Station platform there weren’t many communters wanting to engage.

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Tips and rumours

Tele wants everyone to go West, except itself … no office washing-up liquid in APS … Abbott sneaks into your mailbox …

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Among the fibros and McMansions, Blacktown’s diverse voice

Blacktown is a city without a centre, an important voice in the federal election that is actually many. Crikey’s writer-at-large ventured west into the sprawl, where it still feels like the 1970s.

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And the winner in the after-school care pledge is … Sydney

Labor’s $450 million outside school hours childcare announcement is aimed very clearly at Sydney voters.

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Gillard finds a circuit-breaker in Sydney, but at what cost?

Julia Gillard had a good week campaigning in western Sydney. But what will the long-term cost be of Labor’s populist, anti-immigration rhetoric?

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All roads out west lead back to 2010

The political focus on western Sydney and the low-rent politics on offer from Abbott and Gillard suggest a replay of the 2010 election.

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Keane’s week in review: Gillard journeys west, without Monkey

Labor’s western Sydney strategy makes sense but isn’t likely to be any more successful than the Howard government’s last gasp efforts to save itself.

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PM’s four-star Rooty Hill blitz — try the wagyu, say locals

The Prime Minister is heading to the suburbs of Western Sydney in order to help salvage Labor’s plummeting vote. But just where will Julia Gillard lay her prime ministerial head each night?

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Celebrating Australia Day is not jingoism

Crikey readers come in off the long run.

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Deconstructing Tony: Abbott and the manufacture of authenticity

Tony Abbott’s efforts to portray himself as an everyday bloke sit uneasily with his previous attempts to be a conservative intellectual.

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Maloney’s Marginalia: Lindsay — voting twice at Rooty Hill

The pantomime of a town hall meeting is many things, including all the fun of the fair. Oh, and they’re educational too, writes Shane Maloney.

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Why don’t we hear these stories about Aboriginal Australia?

You might not guess it from the photos in the newspapers, but the largest concentration of Aboriginal people in Australia lives in western Sydney, writes anthropologist Professor Gillian Cowlishaw.

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Informal voting drops, but we don’t know why

A good news story from the 2007 federal election is informal voting. It dropped compared with 2004 – substantially, and in every state. Just why is currently a mystery, writes Peter Brent.

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