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Jan 12, 2012

The Power Index: Melbourne movers, Robert Doyle at #7

For a failed former opposition leader with no executive power, a limited budget and a minority on his own council, Melbourne's talkaholic Lord Mayor Robert Doyle might seem a curious in

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

For a failed former opposition leader with no executive power, a limited budget and a minority on his own council, Melbourne’s talkaholic Lord Mayor Robert Doyle might seem a curious inclusion on a list of movers and shapers.

Sure, he carries off the usual city hall duties, like ribbon cutting and sound biting, with aplomb. But is he really that powerful? Or is it just empty symbolism? According to Doyle himself, it’s neither.

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