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Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

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It’s Family First’s Day thanks to Greens preferences in Senate race

It’s Family First’s Day thanks to Greens preferences in Senate race

October 2, 2013 25

A Greens preference deal has snared votes for Sarah Hanson-Young while funneling preferences to conservative former HR Nicholls Society board member Bob Day, who has the effective balance of power.

At the Opera House, a Gillard curtain call to a cacophony of love

At the Opera House, a Gillard curtain call to a cacophony of love

October 1, 2013 52

She hit out at the haters and a sell-out crowd went wild. Julia Gillard emerged from exile to talk to Anne Summers in front of a packed Sydney Opera House audience. Crikey was there.

Fact check: the ongoing viability of Fray’s PolitiFact team

Fact check: the ongoing viability of Fray’s PolitiFact team

September 30, 2013 1

Australian fact checking outlet PolitiFact is struggling for cash but is hopeful a white knight will emerge to keep it afloat. Some staff have already left the organisation.

Greens staffer exodus? Supporters round behind Milne

Greens staffer exodus? Supporters round behind Milne

September 26, 2013 8

Senior Greens staffers have slammed reportage of an internal crack-up in Christine Milne's office as a media beat-up.

Pyne’s crusade: campus fight looming over uni services fees

Pyne’s crusade: campus fight looming over uni services fees

September 25, 2013 9

Campus Liberals are celebrating after Christopher Pyne moved to act on voluntary student unionism. But Labor and the Greens are rallying to defeat any moves to abolish compulsory fees.

Don’t give up on party reform, Albo and Shorten urged

Don’t give up on party reform, Albo and Shorten urged

September 23, 2013 2

An influential group of Labor elders has called on leadership contenders Anthony Albanese and Bill Shorten to come clean on their plans for party reform. There's plenty more to do, they argue.

Coalition draws a near-blank on support for wind power

Coalition draws a near-blank on support for wind power

September 23, 2013 14

How many Coalition MPs really support wind farms? Not many, it would seem.

Pedal to the metal as RACV board stoush revs up

Pedal to the metal as RACV board stoush revs up

September 20, 2013 6

The RACV board election stoush is reaching fever pitch.

Albo v Bill: Butler, Feeney rally troops for Labor leadership

Albo v Bill: Butler, Feeney rally troops for Labor leadership

September 19, 2013 8

The battle between Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese for the Labor Leadership is ratcheting up. David Feeney will lead Shorten's campaign, pitting him against Mark Butler for "Albo".

IPA adds to its wishlist, and almost half are on Abbott’s cards

IPA adds to its wishlist, and almost half are on Abbott’s cards

September 18, 2013 4

Crikey has analysed all 100 items on the Institute of Public Affairs' policy wishlist. And with Tony Abbott now in power, things are looking up.

Maccas Tecoma stoush could slime brand, expert tells global HQ

Maccas Tecoma stoush could slime brand, expert tells global HQ

September 16, 2013 10

Paul Rogers, a leading social responsibility expert, has warned McDonald's that its ongoing dispute with protesters over a planned restaurant in Melbourne's eastern suburbs could irreparably damage the brand.

Labor bloodletting continues over Kevin Rudd legacy

Labor bloodletting continues over Kevin Rudd legacy

September 10, 2013 23

Labor frontbencher Craig Emerson's attempt to blacken Kevin Rudd's name has met with savage criticism from some sitting Labor MPs.

Shorten likely to win Labor leadership, but Albo could be a contender

Shorten likely to win Labor leadership, but Albo could be a contender

September 9, 2013 26

Federal Labor MPs are mulling their next leader. Bill Shorten, on current numbers, might appear to be in the pole position but the reality is more complex.

On a bad night for lefties, Bandt’s Melbourne party was swinging

On a bad night for lefties, Bandt’s Melbourne party was swinging

September 8, 2013 13

West Melbourne was the place to be for angry lefties last night -- there was at least one victory to celebrate. Crikey joined Adam Bandt and the Greens faithful.

Institute of Liberal Party policy? What the IPA will get from Abbott

Institute of Liberal Party policy? What the IPA will get from Abbott

September 6, 2013 8

The influence Institute of Public Affairs released a list of policy demands last year. Crikey forensically works through them to see which ones Tony Abbott has adopted.

News Corporation spinner rushes to pull anti-Rupert ad

September 5, 2013

A spin doctor for Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has sent a panicked email calling on company executives to remove an anti-News ad from its websites.

Mirabella scrambling as polling puts Indi on knife edge

Mirabella scrambling as polling puts Indi on knife edge

September 4, 2013 45

The battle for Indi has turned white hot as Sophie Mirabella pulls out all stops to hold on to her crumbling fiefdom. New campaign material hides the candidate from view.

Million-dollar snafu as parties distribute illegal HTVs

Million-dollar snafu as parties distribute illegal HTVs

September 3, 2013 1

Labor, Liberals, the Greens and the Sex Party have all been caught out by new rules on how-to-vote cards, with all parties incorrectly formatting some of their cards. It could be a costly mistake.

Support for Syrian missile strike could test Labor unity

Support for Syrian missile strike could test Labor unity

September 2, 2013 11

The Labor Party takes a far more nuanced view of Syria than recent bellicose statements from the Foreign Minister would suggest.

Revealed: Assange knee-deep in failed WikiLeaks preference deals

Revealed: Assange knee-deep in failed WikiLeaks preference deals

August 30, 2013 12

Although Julian Assange has claimed the WikiLeaks preference deal was an "administrative error", leaked emails reveal Assange was behind the controversial deal.