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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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Comeback kid: can Tinkler revive a dead mine — and his own fortunes?

Nathan Tinkler has somehow raised $150 million to buy a mothballed coal mine. But will he manage to stump up the cash to actually operate it?

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When Tinkler plays politics, ICAC has some tough questions

Disgraced former billionaire Nathan Tinkler is the latest big name to take the stand at ICAC, facing questions about an industrial development in Newcastle.

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Coal conflicts: Wallarah 2 project infected by the NSW disease

Up the road from the daily ICAC revelations, the Planning Assessment Commission is muddled in conflict over the Wallarah 2 underground coal project. Has it been infected by the NSW disease?

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The South Korean miner that really cashed in under Barry O’Farrell

There are plenty of stories of failure in the ICAC hearings — but what about the companies who did well under the NSW government?

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Liberals, lobbyists and finding the fine line between them

Political lobbying is an incestuous reality. But where does it cross the line into corruption? Governance expert and ACIL Allen executive director Stephen Bartos explores.

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The NSW disease: Barry O’Farrell infected, now who’s next?

While we may not yet know the full story on why Barry O’Farrell resigned, there is much more to the story on AWH’s lobbying efforts in respect to both the Labor and Liberal NSW governments.

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Liberals, in denial over O’Farrell’s error, should learn from this

As NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell heads for the exit, shooting the messenger won’t help the Liberals. Incestuous links with business will continue to inflict damage on the party, especially in a party branch as inept as NSW.

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Sinodinos takes the stand: if he didn’t know, it doesn’t wash

Stood-down federal government minister Arthur Sinodinos took the stand at the Independent Commission Against Corruption in Sydney this morning. So how much trouble is he in? Crikey was in the hearing.

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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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ICAC learns rough kissing meant no breakfast with Tiffanie

If you knew who I was, you would be surprised.” When Ian Macdonald allegedly said this to an Asian sex worker in a Sydney hotel room in 2009, he could not have imagined that his words would end up in a corruption inquiry.

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Medich, the pr-stitute and the cabinet minister: ICAC inquiry begins

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption is currently hearing evidence a NSW cabinet minister in 2009 receiving the services of a sex worker paid for by Ron Medich.

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Tax Office launches investigation into Gong-gate bribes

Crikey understands that crack auditors from the ATO’s Serious Non-Compliance Squad have been assigned to investigate the dirty deals and bribes scandal in Wollongong Council, reports Chris Seage.

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Time to close NSW MPs’ personal fundraising accounts

When Labor supporters and developers gave election campaign donations to NSW Planning Minister Frank Sartor, little did they know that some of their money would finish up in the State’s most northerly seat, Tweed, writes Alex Mitchell.

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Gong-gate is just the tip of the dog turd

The NSW steel city of Wollongong is capturing the nation’s headlines after a long spell of media deprivation. This time it’s because of an hilarious investigation into corruption at Wollongong City Council, writes Alex Mitchell.

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Bad timing for NSW Community Services shake-up

With NSW Premier Morris Iemma ensnared in a crop of crippling scandals, the chronically underfunded, understaffed and dysfunctional NSW Department of Community Services is undergoing a changing of the guard, writes Alex Mitchell.

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Who are Australia’s most successful couples?

As they settle into their new Canberra digs, there is no doubting the Prime Minister elect Kevin Rudd, and his multi-millionaire wife, Therese Rein, are Australia’s ultimate power couple. It is fitting then, that Mr Rudd and Ms Rein lead off Crikey’s inaugural Power Couples List .

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Media freedom hampered by media irresponsibility

An audit of the freedom of information available to the Australian media, released today, makes a powerful argument that free speech in Australia is being subtly whittled away, writes Denis Muller.

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