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Labor takes a hard look at its union dominance

William Bowe July 24, 2014 1 Comment

Senator John Faulkner's proposed reform for state conference to surrender upper house voting power to the party membership does not look promising.

Politicians are under surveillance — what will they do about it?

Politicians are under surveillance — what will they do about it?

Bernard Keane May 29, 2014 7 Comments

The discovery that politicians are under surveillance when whistleblowers contact them should drive a serious attempt to protect the latter from surveillance.

Can we talk our way into reducing emissions?

Crikey May 2, 2014 3 Comments

Crikey readers talk corruption, changing our habits to fight climate change, and what can be done about the Labor Party.

Faulkner’s retirement shows NSW Labor has learnt nothing

Faulkner’s retirement shows NSW Labor has learnt nothing

Bernard Keane May 1, 2014 2 Comments

NSW Labor's indecent hurry to preselected senate candidates for the 2016 election shows how little its powerbrokers have learnt from ICAC and the WA debacle.

The greatest threat to our rights is the Attorney-General’s Department

The greatest threat to our rights is the Attorney-General’s Department

Bernard Keane June 5, 2013 17 Comments

The record of the Attorney-General's Department shows that, on national security, the department is the greatest threat to Australians' rights.

Political farce: donations bill blows up on Labor and Abbott

Political farce: donations bill blows up on Labor and Abbott

Bernard Keane May 30, 2013 40 Comments

Tony Abbott has been forced by his colleagues to reverse his support for Labor's cynical deal to secure more public funding. But it's Labor that looked the most farcical.

Media the real winners from a desperate, secret donations deal

Media the real winners from a desperate, secret donations deal

Bernard Keane May 29, 2013 7 Comments

More funding for political parties will do nothing to curb the growth in donations -- and will only benefit media proprietors taking ad dollars. Our man in Canberra tests the claims.

Political donation ‘shame’: watered down, and comes with a price

Political donation ‘shame’: watered down, and comes with a price

Bernard Keane May 28, 2013 8 Comments

Labor's new political donations bill waters down its previous commitment to disclosure requirements and now comes with a big price tag. Naturally, the parties agreed on the increase.

Whatever happened to the warts-and-all review of the ALP?

Whatever happened to the warts-and-all review of the ALP?

Crikey Intern April 11, 2013 13 Comments

Two years ago, Labor held a comprehensive review to fix the party's problems. Things have gone from bad to worse for Labor, while a Crikey report card finds most of the report's recommendations have not been implemented. Crikey intern Ben Westcott looks at what happened to the report.

John Faulkner a ‘contemptible charlatan’, say young ALP rebels

John Faulkner a ‘contemptible charlatan’, say young ALP rebels

Andrew Crook February 5, 2013 7 Comments

In between boozy sessions at Kingston pubs, the weekend's Australian Young Labor Conference in Canberra threw up some tasty factional morsels.