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‘This is our community’: inside the real Lakemba that Blair ignored

Freelance writer Kavita Bedford retraces Tele writer Tim Blair’s steps in the western suburb of Lakemba and wonders: how much did Blair really learn while inside his hotel room for one night?

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Clover Moore is only half the story: shadowy panel devouring Sydney land

An Orwellian five-member panel will be making planning decisions surrounding Sydney public land in future. Cui bono? NSW political reporter Alex Mitchell reports.

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Poll Bludger: Liberals try again to weed out Clover

The NSW Liberal Party has a thorn in its side in the shape of Clover Moore. Since the people of Sydney love their Lord Mayor, what to do? Give businesses more votes.

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John Robertson: don’t give up on NSW Labor — or me

Yes, there have been problems with corruption in the NSW Labor Party. But NSW Labor leader John Robertson says things have turned the corner.

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WILLIAM BOWE | NSW | 1

Poll Bludger: ICAC’s kiss of death to clear a path for independents

The fallout from last week’s ICAC hearings will likely upset the applecarts of both major parties. With two looming NSW byelections, who will fill the void? Or rather, who still has credibility in the eyes of the public?

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NSW | 14

ICAC’s chainsaw massacre claims yet more Libs

NSW political reporter Alex Mitchell recalls some of the state’s history of dodgy political donations, as riveting, career-ending testimony continues to spill forth daily from ICAC.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

The last ‘Trog’ standing leaves NSW Parliament

MP Richard Amery, the last of the factional overlords in NSW state parliament, will retire in March next year.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW | 5

ICAC revelations could kill Liberals’ NSW majority

In the wake of highly damaging ICAC revelations, a number of high-profile Liberal scalps have been claimed and Labor is poised to re-take seats lost in the 2011 election, writes NSW political correspondent Alex Mitchell.

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NSW | 1

Government on the run: NSW playing hot potato with Bail Act changes

Changes to the NSW Bail Act announced yesterday show a government embracing bad law in the context of bad governance, writes solicitor Hannah Quadrio.

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MARGOT SAVILLE | NSW | 8

Stand by for fireworks as gold-class A-listers front ICAC

ICAC’s focus turns to Newcastle, with disgraced former billionaire Nathan Tinkler rating more than a mere mention.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW | 1

More fireworks when the ‘Bear Pit’ and ICAC reopen this week

The theatre of NSW public life reopens this week with state parliament resuming tomorrow and ICAC on Wednesday.

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MARGOT SAVILLE | NSW | 6

Schadenfreude and champers at Obeid book launch

There were drinks all round and plenty of “toldjasos” at the launch of He Who Must Be Obeid.

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WILLIAM BOWE | NSW |

Labor takes a hard look at its union dominance

Senator John Faulkner’s proposed reform for state conference to surrender upper house voting power to the party membership does not look promising.

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BERNARD KEANE | NSW |

McClure report fails on key issue of low-income housing

Access to housing is a key issue in welfare reform that has been missed by the McClure report

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PADDY MANNING | NSW |

No love for Canberra as NSW budget makes up federal shortfall

There were no surprises in the budget, with the state government forced to do the heavy lifting in the wake of the federal budget.

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NSW shooters bring out federal big guns in parkland battle

A stretch of parkland south-east of Sydney has become a federal political hot potato, with an incoming senator promising to block the budget unless it is given to the rifle club. Crikey writers Paddy Manning and Melanie Garrick report.

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BERNARD KEANE | NSW |

Canada bests Australia for mining, but don’t blame resources tax

Canada has finally broken Australia’s run as the world’s top mining investment destination as CSG faces increasing opposition in eastern states.

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State privatisation schemes a dumb idea, regardless of the spin

Queensland and NSW have some seemingly well-crafted spin to try to sell their privatisation schemes. But Economist and University of Queensland academic John Quiggin says any way you cut it, privatisation will not make the states any money.

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PADDY MANNING | NSW |

Comeback kid: can Tinkler revive a dead mine — and his own fortunes?

Nathan Tinkler has somehow raised $150 million to buy a mothballed coal mine. But will he manage to stump up the cash to actually operate it?

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PADDY MANNING | NSW |

When Tinkler plays politics, ICAC has some tough questions

Disgraced former billionaire Nathan Tinkler is the latest big name to take the stand at ICAC, facing questions about an industrial development in Newcastle.

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BERNARD KEANE | NSW |

Turn off the telly and let the sunlight in on political donations

Efforts to restrict the unedifying process of politicians selling access to themselves are unlikely to work, but greater real-time transparency of who is trying to influence politicians might.

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BERNARD KEANE | NSW |

Faulkner’s retirement shows NSW Labor has learnt nothing

NSW Labor’s indecent hurry to preselected senate candidates for the 2016 election shows how little its powerbrokers have learnt from ICAC and the WA debacle.

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PADDY MANNING | NSW |

Coal conflicts: Wallarah 2 project infected by the NSW disease

Up the road from the daily ICAC revelations, the Planning Assessment Commission is muddled in conflict over the Wallarah 2 underground coal project. Has it been infected by the NSW disease?

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BERNARD KEANE | NSW |

Forget the media hysteria: O’Farrell delivered a safer Sydney

Despite the media hysteria about alcohol and violence, the O’Farrell government presided over a big drop in assaults in Sydney to make the city its safest in years.

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PADDY MANNING | NSW |

The South Korean miner that really cashed in under Barry O’Farrell

There are plenty of stories of failure in the ICAC hearings — but what about the companies who did well under the NSW government?

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