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Indonesian poll's predilection for the pretty and the pragmatic

Michael Bachelard One-time nude model, polygamist and schlock horror movie actress Angel Lelga smiles for the camera as a succession of poor women move in to be photographed in her orbit.

PM Tony Abbott will be forced to horse trade with the Senate's motley crew

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Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott thought about offering one of his senators a diplomatic posting. Not so much because he thought it would be a good appointment but because he wanted him out of the way.

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Bill Shorten says Tony Abbott is hiding plans for big cuts from Griffith voters

Mark Kenny Labor leader Bill Shorten has promised to be positive and has called on his frontbench to present the ALP as the party of ideas against a government he says is already running out of policy options.

Griffith byelection: election fatigue hits as Brisbane voters return to the ballot box

Cameron Atfield If anyone in Australia can lay claim to a solid case of voter fatigue, it's the good burghers of Griffith.

Labor fears Kevin Rudd's old seat of Griffith may fall to Coalition

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Mark Kenny Bruised Labor MPs are bracing for a potentially hostile byelection as early as February in Kevin Rudd's Brisbane seat of Griffith, with party hard-heads conceding defeat is likely if the Liberal...

Coalition prepare for tight battle against Rudd in Sydney, Melbourne

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 20 June 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Heath Aston The coalition will divert election resources from the vacant seats of Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott and increase focus on winning marginal seats in Sydney and Melbourne to fight a much "tighter"...

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The Palmersaurus party

Australian Billionaire Clive Palmer poses for a photograph in front of Jeff the dinosaur at the Palmer Resort in Coolum on the Sunshine Coast, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Palmer has dismissed reports the Australian PGA Championship is being played at his Coolum resort for the last time following PGA chief executive Brian Thorburn revealing earlier this week ongoing discussions with the Resort had failed to reach a new hosting agreement. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVING

Clive Palmer always thinks big, whether it's mining, property development or a bid for the Lodge. But when Frank Robson probes Palmer's past, he finds a gift for exaggeration - and distortion.

In the Senate or in the slammer?

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Philip Dorling On Saturday, WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange could be a senator for Victoria and still be an exile being pursued by a US government determined to put him behind bars.

The tooth hurts: dental expert is eager to expose the cavities in fluoride conspiracy theories

Julie Power The evidence in favour of water fluoridation is crystal clear and compelling for this Sydney academic.

Hacking fear if electronic vote replaces pencil, paper

Daniel Hurst The replacement of paper-and-pencil voting with an electronic system could see Australians lose confidence in the integrity of election results, the nation's electoral chief has warned.

Clive Palmer's lead narrows to just 45 votes

Clive Palmer.

Bianca Hall Mining giant Clive Palmer’s lead in the seat of Fairfax has narrowed to a tiny 45 votes, increasing the likelihood of a recount.

Comeback trail

Pauline Hanson

Benjamin Law Undaunted by repeated electoral failure, Pauline Hanson is to again fly the One Nation flag in an attempt to woo voters. Benjamin Law goes on the hustings with "The Redhead You Can Trust".

Windsor not Palmer's phantom candidate

Independent MP Tony Windsor with MPs from the Cross Party Working Group on Refugees, comment on asylum seekers during a doorstop interview, at Parliament House in Canberra, on Tuesday 24 July 2012. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Amy Remeikis Tony Windsor says he is not Clive Palmer's phantom federal candidate despite rumours of the independent federal MP joining the United Australia Party, sparked by a cryptic tweet.

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Wirrpanda ready for another brutal contest

22 November 2011 - Pic Elesa Lee - The Queanbeyan Age - AFL star David Wirrpanda talks to Karabar High School year 8 and 9 students Jacinta Williams, Chloe Harvey, Rebecca Martin and Tanieka Riley

Former West Coast Eagle AFL star David Wirrpanda has finally committed to a tilt at federal politics, becoming a Senate nominee for Western Australia's Nationals.

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Abbott won't quail over Brough hunt

291111- Opposition leader Tony Abbott with the shadow treasurer Joe Hockey and his minister for finance and deregulation Andrew Robb at The Federal Parliament office in Sydney giving a press conference in relation to the OECD announcement overnight on the global economy. SMH NEWS Photo: Domino Postiglione

Judith Ireland Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is standing by Liberal candidate Mal Brough, despite calls for the former Howard minister to be disendorsed after his fund-raiser used a menu that made lewd jokes about...

Mackay mystery

The cops, the crooks and the killing

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Tony Wright Donald Mackay knew he was marked down as an enemy of the drug-growing families of the irrigated farmlands around Griffith, New South Wales, and the secret syndicate that ran them.

Labor stalwarts urge ban on national park projects

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Tom Arup Senior Labor figures urging Gillard government to protect parks from state-backed grazing and logging.

Accounts queried in tax sweep

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Barry O'Sullivan, the wealthy detective-turned-property developer who was recently chosen to replace Barnaby Joyce in the Senate, is one of the many high-profile Australians who has had a company...

Ashby asked for trip with Slipper

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Louise Hall, Paul Bibby WHILE he was allegedly being sexually harassed by Peter Slipper, James Ashby asked the Speaker if he could accompany him on an official trip to Hungary, court documents reveal.

Opposition divided over station sale

Cotton station.

Phillip Coorey THE Treasurer, Wayne Swan, branded the Nationals senator Barnaby Joyce xenophobic as a brawl erupted within the federal opposition over the approval for a Chinese-led consortium to buy the giant...