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Articles by Alex Mitchell

How the west was won: Baird sneaking into Labor heartland

The Salim Mehajer saga has been a gift for NSW Premier Mike Baird.

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The bad old days: mafiosos and corrupt cops

A new book about the Italian mafia is a must-read for cops, pollies and anyone with an interest in true crime.

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Albo’s fall from grace? Grayndler could go Green

Grayndler may no longer be the rolled-gold Labor seat it once was.

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Senior Labor figure slams party preselection process

NSW Labor’s Jack Hallam has called for an overhaul of the preselection system.

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What the Clements scandal means for NSW Labor’s factional war

The sexual harassment scandal that has embroiled NSW state Labor will shift internal party dynamics. But to whose benefit?

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Filthy rich: $500-a-head Sydney NYE party a mess of garbage, urine

A Sydney events company is in hot water after organising a harbourside New Year’s Eve party that did not go to plan.

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Australian allies of Turkish cleric may have to choose sides

Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen has a lot of support in Australia, but as tensions heat up with the Turkish government, those supporters may have to choose sides.

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Baird merges NSW councils under the festive cover of Christmas

Sydney City Council has been told to behave — or else.

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Has Fred Nile done a deal with the devil to privatise TAFE?

The CDP hands Mike Baird’s NSW Liberal government another big win.

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Rotting in mass graves: investigating the fate of NSW’s greyhounds

In the wake of horrendous animal cruelty revelations, the NSW government has launched a massive investigation into the export of greyhounds.

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Damning ICAC review expected to raise uncomfortable dilemma for Baird

Who watches the watchers? In this case, David Levine. And he is not pleased with what he has found.

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Wets gunning for Hockey’s seat as Abbottstanis go down the gurgler

Trent Zimmerman is expected to snag Joe Hockey’s seat of North Sydney, a win for the Liberal “wets”.

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Teflon Mike privatises poles and wires, makes bank

Remember when Labor said Mike Baird would never get the money he said he would for poles and wires?

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Malcolm and Lucy’s neighbourhood watch

Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull are very keen on the Greater Sydney Commission.

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On the 2nd day of Christmas, Fred Nile gave to us, er, Boxing Day trading

NSW Christian Democrat Fred Nile is under fire for backflipping on his opposition to expanding retail trading hours on public holidays.

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ICAC’s looming battle royal will test Baird

NSW Premier Mike Baird will struggle to patch up growing cracks in the relationship between two of ICAC’s most senior staff.

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Will council mergers prove Mike Baird’s undoing?

Mike Baird is the most popular premier in Australia — but will the bloom be off the rose when he forces councils to amalgamate?

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Vintage Keating rips into the monarchy, Liberals with classic chutzpah

The uneducated kid from Bankstown held the audience in the palms of his soft hands. It was vintage PJK.

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The Abbott-Obama mystery letter recalls another dirty war

The sense of confusion surrounding Abbott’s deployment of Australian forces to Iraq recalls an earlier episode involving Robert Menzies and the Vietnam War.

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Campaign to vindicate Joh’s crooked cop too little, too late

A Queensland QC is trying to exonerate one of the top cops associated with the reign of Queensland premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

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Knocking off the hillbilly dictator: Joh’s corruption finally comes out

Matthew Condon has provided proof of Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s corruption and criminal behaviour.

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New Chief Justice closes unpleasant chapter in Qld judicial history

Catherine Holmes has been sworn in as Queensland Chief Justice, ending the term of controversial chief justice Tim Carmody.

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Mind control, psychosurgery and murder: the bizarre antecedents of climate study given to PM’s office

The Climate Study Group is using some pretty weird characters to back up its climate denial agenda …

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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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