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Stephen Mills

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23 Mar 2018

The week’s two big political campaigning scandals — Cambridge Analytica’s data-harvesting and Labor’s funding scam in Victoria — highlight the temptations facing parties desperate to win government. For Labor, an Ombudsman’s report on the affair places valuable information in the hands of the Victorian Opposition....

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5 Nov 2015

With the recent political explosion in Australia – the dumping of yet another prime minister – came an avalanche of political interviews. But how much did we learn from these public interrogations? Have political interviews infused with intense media management run out of puff? With...

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5 Dec 2014

Labor’s campaigning in Victoria had a lineage stretching back to community activist Saul Alinsky via Barack Obama

AS THE VICTORIAN Liberals begin the dispiriting task of working out why they lost last month’s winnable election campaign, they could do worse than to ferret...

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19 Sep 2014

Private secretary, chief of staff, enforcer? A look at the role of the prime minister’s most influential gatekeeper

In the wall of prime minister Bob Hawke’s office in the old Parliament House there was a tiny hole, about the size of a thumbnail....

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4 Jun 2014

Paralysed leader or bad advice? A new account of the Rudd–Gillard government looks at what it says about the party’s future

Troy Bramston’s readable quickie sets out to advise the leadership of the Labor Party on how to avoid the disasters that befell...

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