Classic Crikey 2003


Bob Carr’s sleazy fundraiser: Stephen Mayne spent two hours perched near the top of the escalator at a Sydney hotel spying on a $15,000-a-table Labor Party fundraiser to celebrate its re-election.

What does Peter Costello believe in? Other than being PM, that is… Hilary Bray takes a look at the man behind the smirk.

Voodoo economics of major events Former Crikey sports editor Patrick Fitzgerald‘s epic takedown of the politician-fuelled myth that major sporting events reap big economic benefits for state governments. More often than not, he says, they’re a “Pandora’s box of pork barrelling and political expediency”.