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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 | 3

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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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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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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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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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 | 8

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 | 5

‘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 | 15

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 | 26

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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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

Guess who’s coming to Bob Carr’s dinner?

Think Joe Tripodi and expelled former lands minister Tony Kelly are personae non gratae around the Labor traps in NSW? Think again …

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Gillard gives her enemies more than they bargained for at royal commission

The former PM held her own in the witness stand today, but how big a role did the media play in putting her there in the first place? Freelance journalist Scott Mitchell reports from the hearing.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

Sydney voting changes not the ICAC distraction Baird was hoping for

NSW Premier Mike Baird’s plans to bring City of Sydney in line with City of Melbourne haven’t quite worked out.

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Up close and personal with Bob Carr for $150 a head, but don’t call it a fundraiser

A Sydney dinner to honour Bob Carr will inevitably gloss over the political black marks of the former NSW premier’s career. Luckily, NSW political correspondent Alex Mitchell is here to explain some of capricious Carr’s questionable history.

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Shades of Rudd mark II in Dump Robbo campaign

The News Corp press (and Crikey!) have been rubbishing NSW Labor leader John Robertson in a campaign that looks a lot like Gillard’s knifing, writes NSW political reporter Alex Mitchell.

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WILLIAM BOWE | NSW |

Poll Bludger: a tale of two state Liberal governments

It is the best of times (for Mike Baird), it is the worst of times (for Denis Napthine). How is it that the NSW government is able to maintain the goodwill of voters, while its Victorian counterpart languishes?

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PADDY MANNING | NSW |

The murky world of Tinkler’s Maules Creek approval revealed

More corruption and skulduggery has emerged in ICAC hearings, with Nathan Tinkler involved in much of it.

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WILLIAM BOWE | NSW |

Poll Bludger: NSW Libs can’t stop the rot as ICAC claims another soul

The NSW Liberals are hemorrhaging MPs in the wake of ICAC investigations. The latest victim is Londonderry MP Bart Bassett, whose recent history shows branch-stacking and factional squabbles aren’t just for Labor.

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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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WILLIAM BOWE | NSW |

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 |

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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