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‘Elephant Man’ fishes for relevancy, shoots preference possibilities in the foot

Robert Borsak of the Shooters and Fishers has promised to block the Coalition’s infrastructure plan. Likely the Coalition will remember this slight when it comes time to distribute preferences at next year’s election …

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One-term Baird? Tell ‘em they’re dreaming

Labor opposes the privatisation of NSW’s poles and wires, but without that sale it also wouldn’t be able to deliver any of the infrastructure spending promised by the Liberals.

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If you can’t bribe ‘em, blackmail ‘em: Baird’s ominous new strategy

Mike Baird has been making infrastructure promises by the truckfull to the voters of NSW — with some rather sinister-sounding consequences thrown in if they happen to vote Labor.

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Coal seam gas debate splinters Coalition

As the NSW state election draws near, debate on coal seam gas exploration has politicians panicking, NSW political correspondent Alex Mitchell writes.

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Sydney tunnel needs ventilation as Baird blows more hot air

Why did Mike Baird bury the announcement of a signature re-election policy plan amid the hubbub of the Melbourne Cup? Perhaps because it’s barely a plan at all.

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Will the new ultra-Right Liberal guard revive hard-line NSW anti-abortion bill?

Zoe’s Law” seemed destined for a quiet demise in NSW’s upper house, but after ICAC has claimed quite a few Liberal scalps, the political landscape has changed. Freelance journalist Claire Pullen reports.

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Tips and rumours

The revolving door between politics and journalism … conservative and liberal names … the wrong Freya Newman .,.

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Media briefs: Greste on war and journalism … craggy-faced women … SMH questions Baird …

Could Australia tolerate a crabby-faced woman on its TV screens, asks Virginia Trioli. And other media tidbits of the day.

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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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Tips and rumours

Looking for PUPs in Victoria … faceless men protecting Roozendaal in NSW … Mike Baird and the Tele …

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‘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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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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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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Government on the run: NSW playing hot potato with Bail Act changes

Changes to the NSW Bail Act announced yesterday show a government embracing bad law in the context of bad governance, writes solicitor Hannah Quadrio.

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More fireworks when the ‘Bear Pit’ and ICAC reopen this week

The theatre of NSW public life reopens this week with state parliament resuming tomorrow and ICAC on Wednesday.

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The (attempted) exorcism of Eddie Obeid

The NSW Labor Party wants to present Eddie Obeid as one bad apple. But this, of course, is nonsense, writes NSW political reporter Alex Mitchell.

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Muted celebrations for the end (or is it?) of Ramadan

While the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr is usually marked by parties, this year Australian Muslims will also observe it with prayers for Muslims in Iraq, Syria and Gaza.

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Tips and rumours

Ausgrid already saving costs … Moving the boundaries in Manly … And missing the mark in Brazil …

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State privatisation schemes a dumb idea, regardless of the spin

Queensland and NSW have some seemingly well-crafted spin to try to sell their privatisation schemes. But Economist and University of Queensland academic John Quiggin says any way you cut it, privatisation will not make the states any money.

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Can we talk our way into reducing emissions?

Crikey readers talk corruption, changing our habits to fight climate change, and what can be done about the Labor Party.

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The price of forgetfulness

Crikey readers talk Barry O’Farrell’s legacy and the truth about coal.

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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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We need to build it, but will they come? Private infrastructure problems

Poor assessment of risk, and motorists’ loathing of tolls, has long made infrastructure funding problematic. The NSW government is trying for a new approach.

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Everything is not AAA-OK in the NSW economy

This week’s Auditor-General’s report on problems in the NSW budget hampers the chances of the state hanging on to its coveted triple-A credit rating. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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