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McKew book: how internal polling brought Rudd undone

McKew book: how internal polling brought Rudd undone

Bernard Keane October 26, 2012 44 Comments

Maxine McKew's new book reveals more about the role Labor's own internal research was used to undermine Kevin Rudd.

Labor lights demand ‘Packer tax’ on Sydney casino — for art

Labor lights demand ‘Packer tax’ on Sydney casino — for art

Andrew Crook October 26, 2012 2 Comments

A coterie of prominent Labor-linked arts identities has proposed a 1% tax on James Packer's revenue from a second Sydney Casino.

James Packer’s circle of high-rollers will win him a casino

Paul Barry June 7, 2012

If you want to see a pretty pack of pollies, you need look no further than James Packer's new political mates: Karl Bitar and Mark Arbib, writes Paul Barry.

Paul Barry: Packer’s circle of high-rollers will win him a casino

Paul Barry June 7, 2012 1 Comment

If you want to see a pretty pack of pollies, you need look no further than James Packer's new political mates. From NSW Labor heavyweights Karl Bitar and Mark Arbib to NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell.

Mayne: dissecting the spin in Packer’s war on Star

Stephen Mayne June 7, 2012 1 Comment

James Packer’s expensive campaign to discredit Echo Entertainment Group chairman John Story continues afoot at the same time as the casino billionaire’s own investment record has again come into sharp focus after the latest disaster at Network Ten.

‘Imbecile’ pokies activist funds full-page newspaper ad

‘Imbecile’ pokies activist funds full-page newspaper ad

Stephen Mayne November 16, 2011 6 Comments

Despite the Baillieu government’s reluctance to tackle serious pokies reform, Victoria is central to the campaign for change and Paul Bendat’s full-page ad is a sign of what is to come for Victorian Liberals.

The conflicts of interest muddying the anti-pokies campaign

Stephen Mayne September 27, 2011 21 Comments

As with any public debate, the challenge in the pokies reform will be getting participants to put all their cards on the table and declare these conflicts as they arise. Stephen Mayne declares their interests on the public's behalf.

Bolt talks up anti-pokies campaign, fails to disclose association

Stephen Mayne September 5, 2011 24 Comments

Bolt’s worst offence over the weekend was to grossly exaggerate the impact of the NSW pokies backlash while failing to disclose his financial association with those involved in the campaign.

Power Shots: four legends of political fixing

Paul Barry August 26, 2011 1 Comment

They may not punch with the same force of the past, they may no longer punch at all, but any round-up of Australian Political Fixers would be incomplete without mentioning the men who made fixing an art form.

Coup anniversary: where are they now?

Crikey June 24, 2011 22 Comments

Paul Barry and Matthew Knott look back at the main players in the Night of the Long Knives: where are they now?