Paul Austin

Paul Austin

Paul Austin has been covering federal and Victorian politics since the Hawke and Cain governments, in between stints as deputy editor of The Australian and The Age. Austin has been Victorian Political Editor of The Age since 2005.

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The figures point to electoral wilderness for Victorian Labor

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Paul Austin The ALP has suffered a bad defeat but the worst might be yet to come.

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Double-whammy makes this Baillieu's Victoria

Paul Austin The 2010 state election has turned out to be the Victorian Coalition's perfect storm.

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Baillieu struggles to find his feet

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Paul Austin Just days into the job, the new Premier is sending mixed messages, unlike his Labor counterpart.

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Guiding light out of bewilderness

Paul Austin Daniel Andrews makes an impressive start to his Labor leadership - which is just as well, given the huge task he has taken on.

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Baillieu sticks to the plan; Labor looks for one

Paul Austin The contrast could hardly be greater. Labor is in agony; the Coalition in clover.

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In a blink, Coalition sets course

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Paul Austin It is a stunning achievement by Ted Baillieu, for so long underestimated by Labor and undermined by some on his own side.

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Game over for Brumby

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Paul Austin There is no coming back for the Premier after this shellacking from voters.

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Once more an unheralded leader takes party to a stunning result

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Paul Austin The Coalition is on the verge of a famous victory.

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Spectre of Kennett scares ALP

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Paul Austin The position of Brumby's Labor bears an uncanny resemblance to that of the Coalition when it lost by a whisker in the '99 poll.

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The Green tide turns

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Paul Austin The minor party with major ambitions may rue being cocky over preferences.

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Plan has air of Blair and whiff of Jeff

Paul Austin Victorian Labor's 2010 campaign launch offered voters a lot of John Brumby, a little of Tony Blair - and a whiff of Jeff Kennett.

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Green light for Baillieu to reveal his full vision

Bob Brown

Paul Austin The Liberals' bombshell decision on preferences changes everything.

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Baillieu draws a blank

Paul Austin The Liberal leader's lack of clout, even within his own party, is emboldening Labor.

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Labor's forward focus designed to make voters forget failures

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Paul Austin The Brumby and Baillieu campaign slogans reveal much about their strategies.

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Rate rise will put pressure on Brumby

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Paul Austin The Reserve Bank board has done John Brumby no favours. Its decision to lift interest rates for the first time since May has nothing to do with the Premier or his state government.

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An ill-directed attack

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Paul Austin Labor has begun the 2010 state election campaign with an own goal. Its attack on the Greens candidate for Melbourne over one of his legal clients deserves to backfire.

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Brumby's sleepless nights

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Paul Austin Attacked from left and right, being frontrunner is no bed of roses for the Premier.

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It may not be sexy, but there are votes in helping the poor

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Paul Austin The outpouring over St Mary should give Brumby and Baillieu pause for thought.

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Police in a pickle as deals turn sour

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Paul Austin The secret files affair is damaging the state's top cop, and a government on its way to the polls.

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Don't ask, don't tell, don't know

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Paul Austin John Brumby and his ministers have a nasty habit of courting ignorance when scandals erupt on their watch.

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