At the QT Canberra on Monday: Laurie Oakes lunching with Liberal pollster Mark Textor and another guest our tipster couldn’t ID. The hotel was rather bustling, being the venue for the second annual Junket conference, organised by the youth-focused Junkee website. Earlier that morning, a group of disaffected young political outsiders (including candidate for Warringah and former Australian Idol host James Mathison) had, in a session on how to “fix” democracy, decided to start a new political party.

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