We’d like to welcome you to INQ, Crikey’s ambitious new inquiry journalism initiative. Starting June 24, INQ investigative reporting — lifting the rocks, connecting the dots, following the money trail and exposing misuse of power — will appear regularly in Crikey.
We look forward to sharing this exciting new phase with you.
Tamsin Creed, Publisher
With a public service head count just shy of 390,000, NSW puts the Commonwealth government, with a mere 270,000 staff, to shame, writes Adam Creighton, a research fellow at The Centre For Independent Studies
Here I was thinking that one of the purposes of parliamentary inquiries is to get important matters of public interest into the public realm without having to fear litigation, writes Tim Battin.
John Robertson is following in the former Treasurer's footsteps by implementing the private management of jails in flagrant opposition to NSW Labor Party policy, writes Alex Mitchell.
Australia's most productive agricultural region, the Liverpool Plains in North-West NSW, is under siege from BHP Billiton and coal and gas companies, writes Rosemary Nankivell.
Whenever there is a controversial development, the NSW Government spin doctors reach into their top drawer and produce a frog yarn, writes Alex Mitchell.
Can the Public Service Association "comrades" union expect tireless support from Paul McLeay, their former deputy general secretary? Asks Alex Mitchell.
The cavalry has arrived to provide some relief for the besieged Nathan Rees Government in the form of Graham Wedderburn and Bob Leece, writes Alex Mitchell.
The morphing of former NSW Planning Minister Frank Sartor from the best mate of the developers to the hero of environmental activists is in full swing, writes Alex Mitchell.
The overnight decision by the AFP to re-investigate donations to the Liberal Party by colourful characters with alleged Italian Mafia links is like an unguided Exocet missile.