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Media briefs: <em>Crikey</em> ed to <em>BuzzFeed</em> … Abunimah let in … Packer is camera-shy …

Media briefs: Crikey ed to BuzzFeed … Abunimah let in … Packer is camera-shy …

Crikey's editor is moving on. And other media tidbits of the day.

Poll Bludger: on Stephen Smith’s bizarre ‘comeback’ coup

Poll Bludger: on Stephen Smith’s bizarre ‘comeback’ coup

Former defence minister Stephen Smith tried to execute a very surprising, very brief coup to gain the leadership of WA Labor. He failed.

Stephen Smith, back from the (political) grave to shake up WA politics

Stephen Smith, back from the (political) grave to shake up WA politics

The former defence minister hopes to bolster the ALP's standing in WA.

Flying high: Labor ministers racked up millions in VIP travel

Flying high: Labor ministers racked up millions in VIP travel

Labor used the VIP jets far more than the Howard government, a review of the practice by Rose Iser at The Citizen has found. Despite MPs speaking out against it.

Rudd’s caucus debacle in Balmain’s ALP theme park

Rudd’s caucus debacle in Balmain’s ALP theme park

Feral protesters, horrendous traffic and the riot police: whose stupid idea was it to have the Labor caucus meeting in Balmain of all places? Crikey's Sydney correspondent jostled with the press pack.

Rudd’s makeshift cabinet: search for stability (and women)

Rudd’s makeshift cabinet: search for stability (and women)

Kevin Rudd faced a significant challenge in naming his cabinet: how could he possibly project an image of authoritative leadership and extend an olive branch to Gillard supporters with frontbenchers jumping ship in droves?

Sticking point over new powers for asylum-seeker safety

Sticking point over new powers for asylum-seeker safety

The aftermath of a boat sinking in the early hours of Wednesday demonstrates why improving arrangements between Indonesia and Australia is urgent, writes Stuart Ranfurlie in Jakarta.

Richardson: Defence needs to know who’s in charge

Richardson: Defence needs to know who’s in charge

The attack on Defence Minister Stephen Smith has been relentless.

Defence is like a fox defining a chicken for a farmer

Defence is like a fox defining a chicken for a farmer

Aside from the Skype s-x scandal, Defence Minister Stephen Smith has been bullet-proof, writes Eric Palmer, a Defence journalist and analyst.

Gillard’s to-do list to achieve a miracle comeback

Gillard’s to-do list to achieve a miracle comeback

If Julia Gillard is to have any chance of turning around her fortunes, she has a brief window of opportunity to overhaul her government.