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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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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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Saville’s Shout: money and politics … ‘be interesting’ … Coalition squabbles …

Arthur Sinodinos left the confines of public life for a well-paying job at NAB, but Australian Water Holdings beckoned …

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Media briefs: Tele now ‘for the bush’ … Kickstarter hacked …

The Daily Telegraph was for Sydney; now it is for the bush. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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iSentia index: one for the true Beliebers

Tony Abbott is back at the top of the charts for his international diplomacy, or lack thereof.

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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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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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iSentia index: bushfires, boats and bans (oh my)

A big media week for politicians at state and federal levels, with all manner of disasters to mollify.

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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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iSentia: Abbott front of mind in all media

For the first time since the election, we have the traditional top three of PM, Opposition Leader and Treasurer in media mentions.

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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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Media briefs: ACA conspiracy … citing sights … McBreakfast TV …

A Current Affair has found a group of outraged ratepayers — but it turns out they have some less-than-orthodox ideas.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Don’t believe a word politicians say; their policies aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. Plus other political views noted along the way.

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O’Farrell breaks promise, gifts $250m to Packer in two days

The market loves the deal to give James Packer’s Crown a new casino licence in Sydney. But NSW taxpayers aren’t on as safe a bet as they think they are.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Who needs the polls? Crikey readers seem pretty good at predicting what they will say. Plus tarot cards for dogs and other political views noted along the way.

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iSentia index: good news is shared, but bad news is Gillard’s alone

Voters punish Julia Gillard for bad news, but Tony Abbott seems to share in the spoils of good policy announcements.

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Tips and rumours

Promoter has parted ways with the Vivid Sydney Festival … are uni emails being read by the boss? … no, NSW Premier does not keep guns on display …

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Tips and rumours

Our twin science ministers … naughty insurer to be investigated … memo from O’Farrell …

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Vic v Qld v NSW: who’s the winner of the first-term governments?

Three Coalition premiers are running the east coast states. A Crikey analysis of their economies shows Barry O’Farrell is streets ahead, while Victoria marks time and Queensland is in the doldrums.

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Newspoll: 60-40 to Coalition in NSW

The latest bi-monthly Newspoll result for New South Wales shows essentially no change on voting intention, but an improvement in Barry O’Farrell’s personal ratings, reports William Bowe.

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Should the O’Farrell government lower Sydney airport rail fares?

The NSW Government is about to land a big windfall from the airport rail line as revenue-sharing provisions kick in, writes Alan Davies. Should it return the money to airport train travellers or keep it?

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Tips and rumours

Where’s Mal Brough, and where’s Campbell Newman? … UNSW hacked … changes at TT …

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Plane wrong: the myth of Sydney’s $11 billion new airport

Barry O’Farrell is massaging the truth when he claims a new airport at Badgerys Creek could cost the state up to $11 billion. Blogger Ben Sandilands explains why it’s not such a bad option — and takes aim at NSW’s grand infrastructure muddle.

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O’Farrell struggles with new Sydney airport realpolitiks

Barry O’Farrell thinks there are votes in not building a second Sydney airport, but recent reports suggest the opposite may be true, writes Ben Sandilands.

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Sentia Media index: NSW Premier rates a media mention

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell captured national headlines for his stance on child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Almost as many as Prince Charles, writes Sentia Media’s John Chalmers.

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