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Coalition keeps the house

By ALLISON HORE As the final results roll in for last weekend’s federal election, a clear Lower House win has been delivered to the Coalition, despite all polling in the lead up suggesting it would be a Labor win. Across the country, four Labor seats were turned over to the Liberal party, and only one […]

Life in the cruelty factory

BY MARK MORDUE Tom Studans from the Australian Unemployed Workers Union steps up to the microphone to talk about Newstart payments that have not risen in real terms for a quarter of a century. Sixty people occupy the hall. They’re here in answer to an unemployment and welfare crisis. The Sydney Street Choir – a […]

FEDERAL ELECTION – Grayndler electorate profile

By ALLISON HORE Sydney’s inner-city seats are home to some of the federal government’s most high profile politicians. The seat of Grayndler is no exception. Grayndler covers the inner south of Sydney’s CBD and includes Leichhardt and parts of Ashfield, Canterbury and Marrickville council areas. Labor powerhouse Anthony Albanese has been sitting in the seat […]

Disquiet on the Inner Western Front

By Peter Hehir If the ALP is interested in winning the respect of the Inner West community – a respect that they’ve lost due to their appalling past performance in relation to the provision of public transport and because of their support for WestConnex – then there are seven key initiatives that they should give […]

Incumbents gain ground as Canberra changes hands

Inner Sydney representatives saw their support rise at Saturday’s elections, with Tanya Plibersek, Malcolm Turnbull and Anthony Albanese all returned with an increased primary vote. The people of Wentworth will again be represented by a cabinet minister, with Mr Turnbull to remain in the communications portfolio under the new Coalition government led by Tony Abbott. […]

Only long-term Labor will entrench reform: Albanese

EXCLUSIVE Deputy Prime Minister and member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese, says a long-term Labor government is vital to secure what he regards as a proud record. In an exclusive interview at his campaign launch last week, Mr Albanese told the Inner West Independent that Labor’s grand-narrative was about building for the future. "This election is […]

The would-be giant-slayer: why Hall Greenland wants to take down Albo

Hall Greenland, Greens candidate in the inner-western seat of Grayndler, says the seat is the most progressive and enlightened in the country. He wants to take that progressive attitude to Canberra by joining Melbourne’s Adam Bandt in the 150-strong House of Representatives. To do so, he will have to perform the mammoth task of unseating […]

Albo elbows out competitors

Support for the Greens has dived in the electorate of Grayndler, with incumbent Labor member Anthony Albanese on track to fend off a challenge from former Leichhardt Councillor Hall Greenland. A Guardian Lonergan poll conducted last week found the Greens’ vote had collapsed to 22 per cent, down from the 26 per cent Sam Byrne […]