Lurking behind most important decisions are the political fixers. They are the unseen, largely unknown, backroom operators who garner the numbers, finesse, coerce or threaten the waiverers, make the ominous or bullying phone calls, distribute much of the largesse and sinecures, raise the money, grease the wheels of business, covertly manage the media– and set up, consummate or destroy the deals.
Paul Barry delves into the world of branch-stacking, fundraising, policy-breaking and leadership-spilling to determine Australia's Most Powerful Political Fixers.
The Labor Party is suffering at the hands of unelected factional bosses and union leaders. Paul Barry explains how the party ended up in such a mess, and what must now change.
Former Liberal Party fundraiser Michael Yabsley believes political donations should be banned.
Today’s most powerful political fixers are not necessarily those who brought down a prime minister in 2010. So what became of the men that featured in the 24 hours that saw Kevin Rudd axed from the top job? Paul Barry finds out.
Don Farrell and his Shoppies Union mates have done it again, writes Paul Barry.
What makes a political fixer and why should you care? As Paul Barry explains, these are the people who make and break the careers of those you think are in charge.