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If you can’t bribe ‘em, blackmail ‘em: Baird’s ominous new strategy

Mike Baird has been making infrastructure promises by the truckfull to the voters of NSW — with some rather sinister-sounding consequences thrown in if they happen to vote Labor.

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Will ‘Dan’ Andrews herald a new age of charisma-free politicians?

Perhaps a politician does not have to be likable to be electable. The NSW and Queensland opposition leaders will sure sleep easier if Daniel Andrews blazes a trail for the dull and uncharming.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW | 13

Coal seam gas debate splinters Coalition

As the NSW state election draws near, debate on coal seam gas exploration has politicians panicking, NSW political correspondent Alex Mitchell writes.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW | 9

Crown Prosecutor ‘witch-hunt’ could spell the end of ICAC

Margaret Cunneen will try one last time to prevent ICAC from investigating an allegation of “perversion of justice”. But with politicians sick of ICAC’s so-called “over-reach”, ICAC itself could be next in the firing line.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW | 13

From mensch to meshuggah: why Bob Carr turned on Israel

Bob Carr’s not the first politician to change his stance on Israel, but his previously warm relationship with the country makes his decision more notable.

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NSW | 5

Abortion should be a routine medical procedure, not a crime

Virulent protesters outside abortion clinics around Australia are only part of the violation of women’s rights perpetuated by anti-abortion laws, writes Caroline de Costa, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at James Cook University.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

Sydney tunnel needs ventilation as Baird blows more hot air

Why did Mike Baird bury the announcement of a signature re-election policy plan amid the hubbub of the Melbourne Cup? Perhaps because it’s barely a plan at all.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW | 2

Crown prosecutor dismisses Catholic cover-up as ICAC ‘witchhunt’ begins

Celebrated prosecutor Margaret Cunneen’s crusade against child sex offenders could come to an end as ICAC demands explanations to allegations she perverted the course of justice.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | NSW |

Mayne: how Melbourne and Sydney do planning differently

Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy is indeed the most transparent in the state’s history. And he also has a distinct fondness for skyscrapers.

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BERNARD KEANE | NSW |

Essential: Labor on track in Victoria — and Palmer collapsing in Qld

Labor remains in the lead in Victoria, polling from Essential Research shows, and Clive Palmer’s party has faded badly in Queensland.

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Will the new ultra-Right Liberal guard revive hard-line NSW anti-abortion bill?

Zoe’s Law” seemed destined for a quiet demise in NSW’s upper house, but after ICAC has claimed quite a few Liberal scalps, the political landscape has changed. Freelance journalist Claire Pullen reports.

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WILLIAM BOWE | NSW |

Poll Bludger: McKay forced to accept a parachute as byelections spell trouble for Labor

Even after ICAC revelations tarnish Liberals, NSW Labor still struggles to win public support in weekend byelection.

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WILLIAM BOWE | NSW |

Poll Bludger: voters spoilt for choice in NSW byelections

Looming byelections in the NSW seats of Newcastle and Charlestown will be an all-in (except for the Libs, of course) multi-party splash.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

Is Barry O’Farrell eyeing Canberra?

NSW is undergoing a changing of the guard as numerous state MPs bow out. But former premier Barry O’Farrell might not be staying out of politics for long.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

Freshwater Nats now setting the NSW agenda

There is more to NSW than Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong — and regional NSW have their turn in the spotlight.

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BERNARD KEANE | NSW |

Baird’s donation reforms show up a useless federal disclosure law

While states like NSW tighten up political donation laws, our federal disclosure system is, in effect, voluntary.

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STILGHERRIAN | NSW |

How ABC 702 Sydney failed the Blue Mountains, and Twitter won this morning

Coverage of last night’s wild storm that lashed Sydney seems to show that, in a digital age, Twitter is a more reliable source of information than old media.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

Will NSW Labor snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in byelections?

Two NSW byelections on October 25 will mark a defining point for NSW Labor. Is the ALP returning to form, or is its leader John Robertson holding it back?

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BERNARD KEANE | NSW |

Labor’s Methuselah spots the digital challenge and opportunity

John Faulkner has gone further than ever before in urging Labor Party reform — but his analysis of the threats and opportunities to his party is every bit as important.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

NSW government refuses to release details of Packer’s Barangaroo casino

Although the upper house of the NSW legislature gave the government 14 days to disclose details of the agreement with James Packer for his high-rollers’ casino, it has refused to do so.

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Postcard from Young, the ‘Muslim capital of the outback’

The Daily Telegraph has dubbed Young, NSW, the “Muslim capital of the outback”. But former Young Witness cadet Chloe Booker finds the reality is much more complex.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

‘An angel masquerading as governor’: Marie Bashir leaves a grateful NSW behind

NSW’s first female governor, Marie Bashir, will be replaced tomorrow by a military man. Bashir leaves behind plenty of goodwill — and knows a thing or two about fixing a tap.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | NSW |

The Liberal Alan Jones associate behind a ‘grassroots’ anti-bike lane campaign

A controversial plan to put bike lanes on Castlereagh St has found a reliable media opponent in the Save our Streets campaign, fronted by Jai Martinkovits. But is this really a grass-roots campaign?

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BERNARD KEANE | NSW |

AFP gagged, state agencies run for cover on terror-Iraq link

The government won’t allow the Australian Federal Police to comment on whether its decision to go to war in Iraq has increased the risk of terrorism in Australia.

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BERNARD KEANE | NSW |

Keane: we are failing domestic violence victims with our terrorism obsession

Why do we prioritise terrorism as a threat to Australians when domestic violence kills hundreds of women and children?

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