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Tips and rumours

The Rupert Murdoch edition: Courier-Mail panics at visit … News awards itself … Rupert loves this vid on Lefties …

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Managing the Snowy River, where ‘independence’ is a weakness

The NSW government intends to dump an independent scientific committee that guarded the health of the Snowy River for a hand-picked, government-controlled body.

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ICAC’s ‘disgusting’ ruling against Labor: Obeids, Macdonald face charges

There’s a stench around Labor — in NSW at least — as ICAC hands down its findings on the Obeid affair. Criminal charges have been recommended against the men who ran the state like a private club.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: meet your monkey cousin

So after all these months NSW Labor finally expels Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald. They are a speedy lot in Sussex Street.

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ICAC: a $1800 waterfront dinner, a ‘$100m cheque to investors’

ICAC has heard a cosy little story of Ian Macdonald’s allies sealing a deal which could have been worth $100 million to the NSW government — over a waterfront dinner and a magnum of pinot noir.

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Tips and rumours

Man ban for Greens? … this man has Ian Macdonald by the throat … horse served as beef in Sydney …

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From the shadows, ‘loathsome’ Labor Lunchalot fronts ICAC

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption is determined to nail former ex-MP Ian Macdonald on his ministerial dealings. But his patience was wearing thin today on the stand.

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‘I think I can help you with that’: Obeid pulling the NSW strings

Former planning minister Frank Sartor told the ICAC inquiry into NSW Labor party figures that 2009 was a “tawdry time”. As the Commission is learning, that’s quite an understatement.

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Obeid, Macdonald in the dock: ICAC to rule on ALP machine men

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption has commenced its probe into former Labor MPs Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald. The state has waited a long time for this.

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Ian Macdonald adviser quits after sexist email rant

A senior adviser to Liberal Senator Ian Macdonald has launched a colourful broadside against a feminist academic over an opinion piece bemoaning the lack of women in Campbell Newman’s government.

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ICAC inquiry: ‘drunk, sore and distressed’ minister caught napping

After six days of evidence about Ian Macdonald’s infamous night at room 1119 in the Four Seasons Hotel with Tiffanie, it was a huge relief to finally hear it from the horse’s mouth.

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ICAC inquiry: Medich explains happy endings to the court

Most people approach a day at ICAC in total dread, but multimillionaire property developer Ron Medich appeared insouciant, verbally wrangling with counsel assisting, Geoffrey Watson SC and even the commissioner.

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ICAC inquiry: Ron Medich details night with sex worker

Multimillionaire Sydney businessman Ron Medich this morning made his long-awaited appearance in the witness box at the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

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National Times | FEDERAL|

Inside the Liberal Senators infighting

Eric Abetz is expected to be named as Nick Minchin’s replacement as Senate leader, but fighting has broken out over the deputy position. Will the conservative Mathias Cormann beat the moderate George Brandis? asks Latika Bourke.

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Proposal to boost Snowy flow blocked by ALP powerbroker

NSW ALP powerbroker Ian Macdonald has headed off an attempt to remove one of the biggest impediments to a healthier Snowy River.

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The Sydney Morning Herald | UNCATEGORIZED|

Clennell: Nathan Rees vs. the world

Nathan Rees’ “fresh approach” to government is already looking stale, say Andrew Clennell and Louise Hall, putting up a hostile front to critic, the media and fellow MPs as he continues to play party politics.

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The Daily Telegraph | NSW|

How Rees’ secret plot unfolded

Nathan Rees’ axing of ministers Joe Tripodi and Ian Macdonald was a carefully plotted and highly secretive affair, according to Labor insiders. The Tele reveals how it all unfolded “under the cover of darkness”. Straight out of Le Carré!

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More tales from Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull does some unsolicited meeting and greeting at a Perth shopping centre, plus gossip from the Sunday Tele.

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NSW upper house succession deal turns nasty

Luke Foley maintains that he has been “dudded” by Ian Macdonald but the ALP hierarchy cannot enforce an unrecorded and private deal.

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Green Lantern to be shot in Sydney’s Fox Studios

The next big budget Hollywood movie to be filmed in Sydney’s Fox Studios will be the long anticipated superhero flick Green Lantern.

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NSW Minister and wife in cosy jobs affair

NSW Primary Industries, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Ian Macdonald has turned his Cabinet position into a family affair, writes Alex Mitchell.

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Free flying in China – NSW Minister explains

Macdonald and his ministerial entourage accepted a private flight from Shenzen in southern China to Lanzhou in the far north-west during an official trade mission, writes Alex Mitchell.

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