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Liberals, lobbyists and finding the fine line between them

Political lobbying is an incestuous reality. But where does it cross the line into corruption? Governance expert and ACIL Allen executive director Stephen Bartos explores.

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The O’Farrell legacy: a new model of government in NSW

David Clune, NSW Parliament’s historian and an honorary associate in Sydney University’s Department of Government and International Relations, assesses a premiership cut short for Inside Story.

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The NSW disease: Barry O’Farrell infected, now who’s next?

While we may not yet know the full story on why Barry O’Farrell resigned, there is much more to the story on AWH’s lobbying efforts in respect to both the Labor and Liberal NSW governments.

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BERNARD KEANE | NSW | 17

Liberals, in denial over O’Farrell’s error, should learn from this

As NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell heads for the exit, shooting the messenger won’t help the Liberals. Incestuous links with business will continue to inflict damage on the party, especially in a party branch as inept as NSW.

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Words that led to O’Farrell’s downfall, and the words that came next

As Barnaby Joyce said, “I can’t believe it”. Here are the words that brought down a Premier.

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BERNARD KEANE | NSW | 59

O’Farrell — and NSW voters — pay the price for an inexplicable lapse

Barry O’Farrell’s premiership has been brought to an end by a bizarre lapse in memory. But will politicians realise their close relations with business are the real problem?

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How to fuel a Badgerys Creek airport — keep on truckin’

A new airport at Badgery’s Creek will need jet fuel, and lots of it. Getting it there will be an infrastructure and transport challenge, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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A new airport for a demanding growth corridor few even imagined

The battle will turn to infrastructure between New South Wales and the feds now there’s agreement on the location of Sydney’s second airport. An explosive population demands it.

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PADDY MANNING | NSW | 6

Farmers fight against CSG while their lobby undermines a review

The famers’ lobby has been undermining a review of chemicals used in coal seam gas extraction, according to a report today. Where did this leave farmers’ fight against mining?

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Battle on the gasfields: an eco protest for the landed middle class

The NSW government has dispatched police to the bush to help the unconventional gas mining industry and prevent prices spiralling. But it may be underestimating political and social damage, writes Andrew Colley from Bentley.

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PADDY MANNING | NSW | 29

Sinodinos takes the stand: if he didn’t know, it doesn’t wash

Stood-down federal government minister Arthur Sinodinos took the stand at the Independent Commission Against Corruption in Sydney this morning. So how much trouble is he in? Crikey was in the hearing.

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PADDY MANNING | NSW |

Gas shortage? Tapping the bubbling wells of spin and self-interest

Australia’s not on the brink of a gas shortage — but the industry is running out of new ways to spin. In part one of a Crikey investigation, we debunk the self-interested case of suppliers and governments.

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BERNARD KEANE | NSW |

Alcohol and violence: Fairfax’s shameless campaign of misrepresentation

Desperate newspapers and a rejection of basic facts has proved a toxic combination in NSW over the issue of alcohol-related violence.

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BERNARD KEANE | NSW |

Essential: voters down on privatisation and the unemployed

Voters remain deeply opposed to any privatisation, even of things they’ve never heard of, this week’s Essential Report shows. And the view that the Newstart payment is too low isn’t widely shared by voters.

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Crikey says: away from headlines, assaults are rising

The media drove a campaign to Do Something about violence in Sydney. It won, but Barry O’Farrell’s knee-jerk response ignores the real victims of violence in Australia. The data doesn’t lie.

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MATTHEW KNOTT | NSW |

Where the Tele and SMH agree: violence and media beat-ups

The Sydney Morning Herald andThe Daily Telegraph agree that Sydney needs stronger measures to combat alcohol-fuelled violence. But is their campaign worth the paper it’s printed on?

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CRIKEY INTERN | NSW |

When gay sex was a crime: campaign to expunge records goes national

Victoria and South Australia will finally expunge those convicted of consensual gay sex. So will other states follow? Crikey intern Broede Carmody examines the roadmap.

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BERNARD KEANE | NSW |

How high-speed rail could destroy your suburb

Protecting the corridor of a high-speed rail network that will never be built will inflict significant damage on outer suburbs in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

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Packer’s Sydney arts donation a lay-down misere

Daily Review journalist Ben Neutze says James Packer’s major arts donation — in exchange for approval for his Sydney casino — raises questions around the meaning and funding of culture in Australia.

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Factional game: the inside story of NSW anti-abortion laws

The NSW government’s “Zoe’s Law” — which seeks to give a foetus the same rights as a person — is being driven by factions within the Liberal Party, campaigner Claire Pullen explains.

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ANDREW CROOK | NSW |

Master Shang’s bogus student group blackballed after Crikey probe

A two-part Crikey investigation into an illegitimate overseas student group accused of scams and rorts has led to an unprecedented government crackdown.

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ANDREW CROOK | NSW |

Master Shang’s business links revealed: students hang up

Mysterious international student agitator Jan “Master” Shang’s web stretches far and wide. Crikey investigates his business dealings and offerings to students.

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ANDREW CROOK | NSW |

‘The new normal’: Rhiannon forces triumph in NSW Greens

Lee Rhiannon supporters inside the NSW Greens are dancing in the aisles after a smackdown of party rivals at the weekend’s State Delegates Council on the weekend. So what will this mean for the national Greens?

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WILLIAM BOWE | NSW |

A NSW byelection shock, and Labor grinds into gear

There’s life in the old (Labor) dog yet. The NSW ALP romped home in a byelection on Saturday, with a 26% swing. Is this the first sign of recovery — or a false dawn?

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Lobbyists are all born equal, so regulate the lot

Populist laws aimed at regulating lobbyists might seem butch, but looking deeper they are a sham, writes STW Group government lobbyist Justin Di Lollo.

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