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Why the SA Best bubble burst: a quasi-insider's account

Political scientist Haydon Manning ceased commentary on the state election due to his close family ties to Nick Xenophon’s SA Best. However, in the first of a two-part series, he now provides a warts-and-all analysis of what went wrong in the campaign – the lack of funding and seasoned campaigners, and the strategic mistakes from the man who insisted on running the show almost single-handedly.

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"Golfgate" CEO a victim of "small town mentality"

The CEO of South Australia’s largest council has been under sustained media attack after it was revealed the council paid his golf fees at a prestigious Adelaide course. Political scientist Haydon Manning argues that while the council has made mistakes, the ferocity of the attack has been unfair.


Inside the 'chaos' and 'bias' of the citizens' jury

Political scientist Haydon Manning was called as an expert witness to the State Government’s citizens’ jury on the nuclear waste dump proposal. What he experienced, and what he has learned since, has led him to question the value of the Government’s “deliberative democracy” push.