We’d like to welcome you to INQ, Crikey’s ambitious new inquiry journalism initiative. Starting June 24, INQ investigative reporting — lifting the rocks, connecting the dots, following the money trail and exposing misuse of power — will appear regularly in Crikey.
We look forward to sharing this exciting new phase with you.
Tamsin Creed, Publisher
Tony Abbott has his work cut out for him trying to chase lost ground in Queensland, South Australia and Victoria.
The battle for Indi has turned white hot as Sophie Mirabella pulls out all stops to hold on to her crumbling fiefdom. New campaign material hides the candidate from view.
Kevin Rudd is pressing the flesh, bringing his manic energy to a breathless campaign. But with his numbers looking worse and worse, where is the great Labor revival? Our man joined him on the trail.
A website dedicated to transparent government is uploading election leaflets stuffed into letterboxes across the country. There are some amusing ones, writes freelance journalist El Gibbs.
On this week's episode, deputy editor Cathy Alexander and Bernard Keane discuss the most recent return of the unshakeable Kevin Rudd. Plus, Crikey launches a call for journalists to boycott the highly stage-managed road trips by political leaders in the federal election campaign.
The one thing ANZ may have done by choosing not to simply emulate NAB is to reduce the chances of another 25 basis point rise in official rates next month, writes Stephen Bartholomeusz.
The Jackie Kelly pamphlet affair gives context to the behaviour of another John Howard favourite, Senator Bill Heffernan, making it all the more relevant in the last moments of this federal election campaign.
Well, well, well, doesn't time fly? Here we are, only one sleep away from what Mark Vaile says is the most important moment in the whole history of the Australian nation . . . and that includes WWII and everything! Where, oh where, have the last six weeks gone? If for any reason you have had trouble sorting the beautiful and the bizarre from the banal over the last 40 days (and hasn't there been a bit of that?), then Crikey's Election Tracker Timeline might be able to help.
Are the Exclusive Brethren trying once again to help the Howard Government? Suggestions have emerged that the shadowy religious sect is once again seeking to influence the federal election campaign, writes Margaret Simons.