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Articles by Alex Mitchell

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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Labor goes for its own jugular in NSW campaign misfire

Labor has lessons to learn if it is going to unseat Mike Baird in NSW.

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Labor mouthpiece now spruiking Baird’s poles-and-wires sale

The Property Council of Australia is supporting the NSW Coalition’s planned infrastructure privatisation. Not that it would advertise for the government directly, of course …

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Nats turn on Libs as NSW election draws near

The Nationals are strongly opposed to the key policy of their coalition partners. What will that mean for their election chances?

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NSW ‘new Labor’ looks an awful lot like ‘old Labor’

Luke Foley is hoping the electorate will have forgiven Labor for previous sins during the past three years But his “new approach” still has a lot of the old approach in it.

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ICAC a victim of its own success

According to the High Court, the Independent Commission Against Corruption is guilty of “over-reach”.

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Big names square off in NSW Strathfield cockfight

Jodi McKay is taking on sitting Liberal Charles Casuscelli in Strathfield, and the result could be predictive of the state election as a whole.

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Baird backed the wrong horse, but will it cost him NSW?

NSW Premier Mike Baird has bet it all on privatisation. Unfortunately for him, voters seem to hate it.

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NSW Labor launches its campaign with more whimper than bang

Luke Foley has his work cut out for him to defeat the country’s most popular political leader, Mike Baird. And so far Labor’s election promises have been rather modest.

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Foley takes the gloves off, but Baird dominates the polls

Ahead of the NSW state election, Premier Mike Baird and his staff strut around, exuding smugness, enjoying their high polling figures, while Opposition Leader Luke Foley launches a Labor scare campaign.

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NSW Labor has to go Green or go home

NSW Labor has historically turned its attention to competing with the Greens, giving the Liberals a free run.

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