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NSW | 4 UNLOCK?

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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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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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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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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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 | 5

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 | 4

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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NSW | 6

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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A ‘leaderless, accountability-less morass’: senior Greens staffer’s ‘satirical’ hand grenade

The NSW Greens’ most senior employee has called the party’s structure “equal opportunity nepotism”. The Mandarin journalist David Donaldson reports.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

The lord giveth to Fred Nile, but he taketh away from other CDP candidates

Who will lead the Christians when Fred Nile departs? Possibly no one, if the party’s vote keeps sinking.

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BERNARD KEANE | NSW |

Mayor’s support for rapist trivialises violence against women

High-profile support for a Sydney rapist, and the attempt to shut down criticism of it, illustrates how we trivialise violence against women.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

Will NSW Labor be able to hold the line on poles and wires?

Labor’s Luke Foley has his work cut out for him to prevent Mike Baird from passing his controversial electricity infrastructure privatisation plan.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

Moist Mike Baird finds a middle ground with new cabinet

Mike Baird has moved his Liberal Party away from the hard Right, with a new cabinet of middle-of-the-roaders.

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SALLY WHYTE | NSW |

‘I’ve been lied to’: Greens see red over party’s PDA for Sydney independent

The Greens campaign for the NSW state seat of Sydney has been left feeling high and dry over party bigwigs’ public love for his independent rival.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

Greens thank their lucky stars for NSW Labor

The Greens have won an unprecedented number of seats in NSW, and for that they have Labor’s shambolic, backflipping campaign to thank.

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MARGOT SAVILLE | NSW |

It’s back to the future with the jubilant Greens

Travelling from the Libs’ election party to the Greens’ shindig took only 10 minutes, but they were worlds apart.

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WILLIAM BOWE | NSW |

A thorough drubbing or a remarkable swing for NSW Labor? Depends who you ask

Mike Baird has held onto power, but the real winners might actually be the Greens.

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ALEX MITCHELL | NSW |

Libs hang on in NSW, but do they have a poles-and-wires mandate?

NSW Premier Mike Baird put his cards on the table and it paid off at Saturday’s state election — but does the Coalition now have a mandate to privatise the state’s poles and wires?

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