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Election deciders: the media

Election deciders: the media

Myriam Robin June 24, 2016 4 Comments

Not even the mighty News Corp tabloids can make the public care deeply about this election.

Election deciders: the spinners

Election deciders: the spinners

Myriam Robin June 17, 2016 3 Comments

Who are the faceless men who set the party's messaging each day?

Election deciders: corporate lobbyists

Election deciders: corporate lobbyists

Bernard Keane June 10, 2016 5 Comments

Not all corporate campaigns against political parties happen on TV. Some go under the radar, and can be even more effective.

Election deciders: trade unions

Election deciders: trade unions

Sally Whyte June 3, 2016 5 Comments

How do does the trade union movement flex its muscle during elections?

Election deciders: the fixers

Election deciders: the fixers

Josh Taylor May 27, 2016 1 Comment

Chiefs of staff walk a fine line. They need to be prominent enough to help their party's message, without becoming the party's message.

Election deciders: the moneybags

Election deciders: the moneybags

Bernard Keane May 20, 2016 5 Comments

Investment vehicles, unions and key industries help finance the parties' federal election campaigns. But there's one donor who dwarfs all of them.

Election deciders: meet the pollsters

Election deciders: meet the pollsters

Crikey May 13, 2016 6 Comments

In the first of a series on those players behind the scenes who will sway the election, Crikey journalists Myriam Robin and Josh Taylor profile the pollsters.

The Power Index: election deciders, campaign directors #1

The Power Index: election deciders, campaign directors #1

Andrew Crook June 7, 2013 2 Comments

Crikey has been counting down the most powerful people in the fight for the 2013 federal election. Here's our number one: the campaign directors. Who are these people, and what tack are they taking in 2013?

The Power Index: election deciders, the fixers at #2

The Power Index: election deciders, the fixers at #2

Andrew Crook June 6, 2013

Our top pollies' chiefs of staff Ben Hubbard and Peta Credlin are invaluable to their respective leaders, sending their troops into battle, calming hot tempers and negotiating back-room deals. The Power Index finds out what makes these political powerbrokers tick.

The Power Index: election deciders, the spinners at #3

The Power Index: election deciders, the spinners at #3

Andrew Crook June 5, 2013 2 Comments

The election is roughly 100 days away, and the parties' spinners are fired up -- planting stories, shilling images, shaping the message and the nightly news. These wily party types massage the message and try to get their candidate's face on TV -- for all the right reasons. But do Gillard and Abbott have the best spinners in place?