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It’s been an awful election for Labor in the Senate. The ALP needed to get at least 33 seats – preferably 34 – to help them steer their legislation through the Senate. They didn’t. South Australia and the West denied them, writes Christian Kerr.

A tight Senate and some good excuses

It’s been an awful election for Labor in the Senate. The ALP needed to get at least 33 seats – preferably 34 – to help them steer their legislation through the Senate. They didn’t. South Australia and the West denied them, writes Christian Kerr.

Unlike politicians with their policy pitches, Crikey is upfront. Drinking games have one purpose. To get drunk. Quickly. To get drunk, laugh and fall down. The Crikey Election Night drinking game has been designed with that in mind, writes Christian Kerr.

The Crikey Election Drinking Game

Unlike politicians with their policy pitches, Crikey is upfront. Drinking games have one purpose. To get drunk. Quickly. To get drunk, laugh and fall down. The Crikey Election Night drinking game has been designed with that in mind, writes Christian Kerr.

The weekend before the party launches Coalition primary support was unchanged on 39% while Labor’s was up three points to 48, according to the latest face to face Morgan Poll, writes Christian Kerr.

Same old same old: Morgan

The weekend before the party launches Coalition primary support was unchanged on 39% while Labor’s was up three points to 48, according to the latest face to face Morgan Poll, writes Christian Kerr.

The dramas in Wentworth are a distraction from the central fact: Malcolm Turnbull is an outstanding candidate with outstanding potential, writes Christian Kerr.

Bursting the Wentworth soap bubble

The dramas in Wentworth are a distraction from the central fact: Malcolm Turnbull is an outstanding candidate with outstanding potential, writes Christian Kerr.

Tips and rumours

So the staff at the Mersey General Hospital will not go on AWAs … So, how popular are these thing in the public service generally? Well, trolling through annual reports does unearth some gems. For example, Defence, the largest of the departments has exactly 28 (apart from their senior executives that is). If you want […]

Labor’s improvement in the polls hasn't all come from the Coalition -- much of Rudd's jump has come from the Greens. Their support has almost halved since the days of Beazley, writes Peter Brent.

Brent: Greens suffering under Rudd revival

Labor’s improvement in the polls hasn't all come from the Coalition -- much of Rudd's jump has come from the Greens. Their support has almost halved since the days of Beazley, writes Peter Brent.

<i>The West Australian</i> got fundamental facts wrong in a story about the hospital system and refused to correct. Their defence? You guessed it – writing stories about inadequate health services is in the "public interest" and this means that the errors "were immaterial to the issue", writes Margaret Simons.

The West takes the public for fools over public interest

The West Australian got fundamental facts wrong in a story about the hospital system and refused to correct. Their defence? You guessed it – writing stories about inadequate health services is in the "public interest" and this means that the errors "were immaterial to the issue", writes Margaret Simons.

The Reserve Bank has endorsed the idea that our big banks will be the winners from the recent instability in credit markets.

RBA: Big banks set to cash in on credit squeeze

The Reserve Bank has endorsed the idea that our big banks will be the winners from the recent instability in credit markets.

It wasn’t called at the end of APEC and it wasn’t called last weekend. So when’s the Prime Minister going to call on the Governor-General and ask him to dissolve parliament and issue the writs for a poll?

Your Crikey cut out ‘n’ keep guide to election dates

It wasn’t called at the end of APEC and it wasn’t called last weekend. So when’s the Prime Minister going to call on the Governor-General and ask him to dissolve parliament and issue the writs for a poll?

The <i>Smage</i> today launched a blistering attack on Sol Trujillo’s remuneration structure, at one stage quoting a fund manager who labelled Trujillo’s package "a complete joke", writes Adam Schwab.

Trujillo’s oversized, under-linked remuneration package

The Smage today launched a blistering attack on Sol Trujillo’s remuneration structure, at one stage quoting a fund manager who labelled Trujillo’s package "a complete joke", writes Adam Schwab.

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