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Articles by Alex Mitchell

Pulling ICAC’s teeth: ex-commissioner should weigh in

The scope of ICAC’s powers is being reviewed by a team of legal heavyweights.

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Greater Sydney Commission still a bureaucratic pipe dream

Will the Greater Sydney Commission ever be more than just a neat election slogan?

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Tough questions for NSW Labor, with Wollongong byelection more likely

Will Noreen Hay be able to hold onto her seat of Wollongong? And if she can’t, can Labor hold it in a byelection?

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The real high-profile target of NSW’s council amalgamation plan

Will Clover Moore be able to keep Sydney City Council together?

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School’s out: is Abbott winding back public education?

Who should pay for public schools?

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Baird’s budget will have plenty for Sydney, not much for the rest

Jobs and services are becoming very scarce in rural NSW. But who cares, as long as “The Mike and Gladys Show” plays well to Sydney’s CBD?

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Howard-era mandarin takes reins as NSW ombudsman

NSW will soon have its fifth ombudsman in 30 years, the veteran John McMillan, a favourite of both Howard and Rudd.

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Is NSW Labor’s left-right marriage on the rocks?

The Centre Unity faction has been growing considerably stronger.

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Labor giving in to Baird’s mega-council amalgamation

Labor seems to be backing away from its staunch opposition to the council mergers plan.

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Baird’s devil’s bargain on poles and wires could cost him in the long run

The NSW Liberal government has privatised its electricity grid, as it promised at the state election. But were the votes worth it?

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Culpam poena premit comes: will the police watchdog be put down?

New South Wales wants to axe the Police Integrity Commission. It says it is because its roles are often fulfilled by ICAC — but is it really because the body is too effective?

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NSW taxpayers shell out $80m for three Nationals seats

A year ago the NSW government decided to act tough on CSG company Metgasco in order to save Nationals seats at the state election. It didn’t go so well.

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Labor firing squad circles up to choose new president

Choosing a national president used to be a fairly straightforward thing. But you can count on Labor to shoot itself in both feet.

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Baird’s Machiavellian ‘super-council’ plan leaves ratepayers to foot the bill

When it comes to merging local councils, Mike Baird has learned from Jeff Kennett’s mistakes. He just needs to hope NSW ratepayers won’t notice this change mostly benefits corporate interests.

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Baird trades women, Muslims for poles and wires

Fred Nile has backflipped on his opposition to the privatisation of NSW’s electricity grid. As a reward, he has been able to introduce a few batshit crazy measures to the NSW legislature.

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Vale the Democratic Labour Party, Santamaria’s little helper

B.A. Santamaria’s brainchild, the Democratic Labour Party, has been torn apart by dissent, internal strife and, perhaps, because there aren’t any Communists left to fight.

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Animal Justice Party brings home the facon in NSW

The results are in for the final seat in the NSW upper house, and just about everyone is breathing a sigh of relief. Here’s why …

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High Court clips ICAC’s wings in ‘Cunneen affair’

The High Court’s decision to curtail ICAC’s investigation of high-profile lawyer Margaret Cunneen has severe implications for the corruption watchdog’s future.

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The lord giveth to Fred Nile, but he taketh away from other CDP candidates

Who will lead the Christians when Fred Nile departs? Possibly no one, if the party’s vote keeps sinking.

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Will NSW Labor be able to hold the line on poles and wires?

Labor’s Luke Foley has his work cut out for him to prevent Mike Baird from passing his controversial electricity infrastructure privatisation plan.

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Moist Mike Baird finds a middle ground with new cabinet

Mike Baird has moved his Liberal Party away from the hard Right, with a new cabinet of middle-of-the-roaders.

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Greens thank their lucky stars for NSW Labor

The Greens have won an unprecedented number of seats in NSW, and for that they have Labor’s shambolic, backflipping campaign to thank.

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Libs hang on in NSW, but do they have a poles-and-wires mandate?

NSW Premier Mike Baird put his cards on the table and it paid off at Saturday’s state election — but does the Coalition now have a mandate to privatise the state’s poles and wires?

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A desperate Foley plays the race card

There is so much Labor could be campaigning on in NSW. And yet it has chosen to alienate Asian-Australian voters instead.

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NSW Greens-Labor marriage of convenience sours

When will the Greens be able to stand on their own instead of reflexively preferencing Labor?

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