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28 Jun 2010

Kevin Rudd departed the prime ministership this week much as he arrived in it: as a living, breathing, perspiring political question mark, writes David Burchell in the Australian

IN RETROSPECT, his is one of those political careers that, by their sheer unfathomableness, will enable...

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11 Dec 2007

In Western Sydney, the big swings against the Coalition were in the aspirational heartlands, writes DAVID BURCHELL

A COUPLE of days after the recent federal election I was rung up by a young journalist from a local newspaper in south-west Sydney, the Camden...

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16 Nov 2007

The coalition has been fatally careless in Western Sydney, writes DAVID BURCHELL in this special report for APO.

AT AROUND this point in the last federal election campaign I reported for APO from the federal Coalition’s unlikely new stronghold in Sydney’s outer west....

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12 Nov 2007

Kevin Rudd's lead in the polls is not hard to understand, writes DAVID BURCHELL.

RECENTLY the political commentator Robert Manne was musing over the remarkable political rise of Kevin Rudd. He noted the sudden and striking turnaround in the polling figures since Rudd’s...

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28 Sep 2007

Both his friends and his enemies have overstated the PM's influence, according to DAVID BURCHELL.

IN Shakespeare’s day it was common to refer to the “seven ages of man” to describe the various paths our lives take over time. “One man in his...

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