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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW | 1

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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NSW | 25

In a hippie heartland, trying to sway the intractable anti-vaxxers

Is the government’s new No Jab, No Play, No Pay policy designed to increase vaccination rates or raise money? Freelance journalist Kath Kenny journeys to a town at the heart of the debate.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW | 2

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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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW | 1

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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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

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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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

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

Who should pay for public schools?

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

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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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

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

The Centre Unity faction has been growing considerably stronger.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

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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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

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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Anti-Chinese rally fails to rouse Sydneysiders

A rally to protest against Chinese citizens buying Sydney real estate went nowhere, writes freelance journalist Halifax Bennett.

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SALLY WHYTE | NSW |

Jake Lynch ‘relieved’ to be cleared of serious misconduct

Jake Lynch has been cleared of charges of anti-Semitism for his actions during an anti-Israel protest at Sydney University.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

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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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | NSW |

Domestic violence is an act of terrorism

Some murders are not just an act of private anger, but are intended to send an explicit message to a far broader audience. We call those murders terrorism, except when the victims are women and children.

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Crikey Blogs | NSW |

Is it faster to drive, or take the train?

Policymakers should look at these numbers. Journeys made by car in Sydney are much faster than journeys made by train; they’re a long way from being substitutes for each other.

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Crikey Blogs | NSW |

Archaic abortion laws out of step with community attitudes

Abortion laws have failed to keep up with medical science. It’s time to effect long-overdue change to abortion laws in NSW and Queensland, write Heather Douglas and Caroline de Costa.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

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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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

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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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

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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Sneaky stadium plans to steal Sydney’s green lungs

The powerful SCG Trust has finally revealed its plans for Moore Park — and surprise, surprise, they involve a massive land grab from those who enjoy the public open space. Vivienne Skinner a member of the Centennial Parklands Community Consultative Committee, reports.

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How iVote puts democracy at risk

The NSW Electoral Commission dodged a bullet after flaws in its iVote system did not come under greater scrutiny. NGO returning officer Stephen Luntz reports.

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WILLIAM BOWE | NSW |

Poll Bludger: Liberal win more than some can Baird

The Premier’s re-election victory has given the Liberal Party a much-needed shot in the arm.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

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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BERNARD KEANE | NSW |

Abbott rightly resists the whine of the west

Tony Abbott is right to avoid the WA-versus-the-rest GST stoush, but he can’t avoid the fight over health and education funding.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

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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