We’re happy to take the wraps off the latest development on our website — the brand spanking new Crikey blog network.

You’ll find some regular Crikey names including Editor Jonathan Green and First Dog on the Moon, as well as political bloggers Possum Comitatus, Pollbludger and former Senator Andrew Bartlett. We also have Charlie Happell blogging on sport.

To top it off we have a blog devoted to the US election (stay tuned for more liveblogging by our US correspondent Guy Rundle), and a couple more blogs on the way – stay tuned for more announcements when they come online.

What’s it all about?

Have a browse around the blog site and feel free to jump in and make a comment of your own — you just need to login using your Crikey login and password.

Here’s a taster of some of the most recent posts you’ll find on our blogs:

Possum Comitatus blogs at Pollytics:

“Australian Policy Online has an interesting paper titled “A high-tax future for Gen X and Y? Medicare and the intergenerational crisis” from the CIS which is worth having a quick peek at – especially for anyone around my age.” — read more at Pollytics

William Bowe blogs at Pollbludger:

“The Western Australian Electoral Commission has completed its weekend preference distributions from seats in doubt, providing Labor with a small degree of consolation through wins in Albany (a heroic effort by sitting member Peter Watson, who picked up a 2.6 per cent swing to retain his notionally Liberal seat) and Kwinana (believed last week to have fallen to independent Carol Adams). — read more at Pollbludger

Andrew Bartett:

“Apart from losing the Schedule on family trusts from a Tax Bill and also losing the Luxury Car Tax measure, the government also lost another Bill to a Fielding/Liberal tied vote – which sought to enable wider cost recovery from pharmaceutical companies. This leaves the Labor government already with four packages of legislation knocked back in their entirety by the Senate… Judging by the large number of dissenting comments from Coalition Senators in a wide range of Senate Economics Committee reports examining other legislation yet to be voted on, it looks like this reject pile is going to get a lot larger yet.” — read more at Andrew Bartlett

Charlie Happell blogs on sport:

“Figures released last week indicate that the two biggest winter codes in Australia have suffered significant falls in free-to-air TV ratings this year.Has television coverage of the AFL and NRL reached saturation point? Has the seemingly endless TV appetite for our two biggest winter codes been sated at last? And now, sitting bloated and burping in front of the great smorgasbord of televised sport, have the viewers finally said: enough is enough?” read more at Charlie Happell

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