Michelle Grattan

Michelle Grattan

Michelle Grattan is the political editor of The Age. In 2008, she shared the Melbourne Press Club Lifetime Achievement Award with Laurie Oakes. She edited the books 'Reconciliation' and 'Australian Prime Ministers' (2000), and wrote 'Back on the Wool Track' (2004).

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The sting in Santa's sack

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Michelle Grattan It's good to remind yourself of who's going to pay for all the election largesse.

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Voters kiss pollies for a change

Michelle Grattan POLITICIANS lean to kleptomania, especially at election time. That's a nice policy in your wardrobe, I might just take it.

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The election battle just got meatier

Michelle Grattan The announcement on broadband from the opposition and the government's Murray-Darling blueprint has provided the policy wonks with plenty to chew on.

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Numbers row par for the election course

Michelle Grattan On The Today Show, presenter Karl Stefanovic recalled the Frank Sinatra song That's Life : "You're riding high in April, shot down in May".

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Abbott convinces as alternative PM

Michelle Grattan Tony Abbott's challenge at his launch was to look convincing as alternative prime minister - and he did.

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Gripe-filled Latham ensures a gripping day

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Michelle Grattan Remember the menacing handshake Mark Latham gave John Howard in 2004? That was mild compared to what Julia Gillard faced yesterday.

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13 days to go

Michelle Grattan Today is one of the election's big moments for Tony Abbott - the formal 'launch' of his campaign.

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There's not much left to launch in this campaign, bar pulling the rabbits out of the hat

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Michelle Grattan TODAY is one of the campaign's big moments for Tony Abbott – the formal "launch" of his campaign.

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Day 20

Michelle Grattan In the 2007 election Tony Abbott was health minister. He describes in his book, Battlelines, one of his campaigning days from hell.

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Here to help as Labor contrives a united front

Michelle Grattan Move over, Julia, Kevin's here to help.

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Rudd back at centre stage

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Michelle Grattan A boring campaign? The return of the dumped PM means anything's possible. Whether Tony Abbott wins or loses this election, he sure has messed with the Labor Party's collective and individual heads.

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Foreign soils forgotten in home-grown argy-bargy

Michelle Grattan "But you said . . . You never meant it!"

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Old campaigners are friends and formidable opponents who keep leaders secrets

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Michelle Grattan SURELY the best image of the election campaign must be the one we'll never see. In Julia Gillard's preparation for last weekend's debate, Senator John Faulkner played Tony Abbott.

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Inside enemy takes a toll

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Michelle Grattan Abbott is gaining momentum as Labor saboteurs put the brakes on Gillard's campaign.

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Abbott brings in big gun to woo women

Michelle Grattan Margie Abbott hit the election trail yesterday, as her husband tries to show he's a woman's man, while Julia Gillard kept the First Bloke in shadow. Abbott, as we know, has a gender problem.

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IR monkey wrenches Abbott, population perishes on Gillard

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Michelle Grattan It is only week one, but already on the election obstacle course Tony Abbott has been singed as he tried to cremate WorkChoices, and Julia Gillard has found herself haunted by Kevin Rudd and Mark...

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Back to the future with blame game

Michelle Grattan Julia Gillard can ill afford an excess of finger-pointing in the Labor Party as the election approaches.

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Enough is enough - it's time to name the date as election climate heats up

Michelle Grattan NOW comes the climate policy. That's the next big thing for Julia Gillard, after the triumph of the mining tax compromise and the U-turn on asylum seekers that has hit very choppy seas.

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PM dares to win - or fall

Michelle Grattan Prime Minister Julia Gillard is essentially gambling all for victory at the next election.

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Gillard gambles on asylum anxiety

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Michelle Grattan By urging people to vent their fears about the boats without worrying about political correctness, Julia Gillard is taking a gamble.

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