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.
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Tamsin Creed, Publisher
The Poll Bludger explains why four MPs have departed from Western Australia in as many weeks -- and the factional battle to replace them.
The factional landscape inside Labor’s WA branch has been disturbed in recent years, and things are now coming to a head.
The WA senate byelection on the weekend has produced three very different, and symbolic, examples of current trends in Australian politics. Some of it is good, but much of it is ugly politicking.
The major parties had an unprecedented 58% of the vote in a clear sign voters are looking for alternatives. The Greens, who outspent Labor and the Coalition, were big winners, as was Palmer United.
Louise Pratt is set to descend from one to two on WA Labor's Senate ticket as a factional fight for the soul of the party ratchets up.
It might be in the midst of a state election campaign, but WA Labor is already sizing up its Senate candidates for the September federal poll. Outside infuencers have been accused of making trouble.