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Should party leadership or local members decide safe seats?

Crikey August 25, 2009

Safe seats are an opportunity to elect someone bright and controversial. However, state leaders being able to override preselection committee candidates are affecting the candidates selected, writes Anna Winter.

Catania’s WA bombshell reflects a sick ALP

Crikey July 24, 2009 2 Comments

The culture of the Labor Party in the west is battered and broken with Vince Catania's defection to the Nationals, and things don't look like recovering any time soon.

MPs to India: an unofficial parliamentary delegation to visit the Dalai Lama

Crikey July 22, 2009 2 Comments

What does one give a simple Buddhist monk for his 74th birthday? The Federal Member for Fremantle Melissa Parke writes on her recent travels to India.

SA & WA Newspolls: Rann and Barnett on top

Possum Comitatus May 21, 2009

Sometime back yonder, the latest South Australian and WA Newspoll State politics quarterly estimates were released onto the Newspoll public database. Here's what they're saying.

Akerman: Green win signals mayhem for Labor

Crikey May 20, 2009

Labor has only itself to blame for the Greens' success in Fremantle.

Jump to the Left, step to the Right

Crikey May 20, 2009

Conservative columnists try to get their heads around the Greens' win in the Fremantle by-election.

Freo by-election: the start of big things for the Greens

William Bowe May 18, 2009 8 Comments

The Fremantle by-election was only the second time the Greens had won a state or federal lower house seat outside of Tasmania.

Greens score first state lower house seat

Crikey May 18, 2009

Crack open the organic, carbon-offset champagne: The Greens have clocked up their first lower house seat in any state parliament, in Western Australia.

Labor vs Greens: Fremantle casts another vote

Crikey April 3, 2009

The lid was officially lifted overnight on the worst-kept secret in Western Australian politics, writes PollBludger William Bowe.