Lockouts to go but NSW festival laws fail

Original article by Andrew Clennell
The Australian – Page: Online : 27-Sep-19

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has slammed Labor, Greens and crossbench MPs after they moved to disallow regulations governing the safety of music festivals in NSW. The Upper House move comes as a cross-parliamentary committee is expected to recommend on 30 September that lockout laws and late-night drink restrictions in Sydney’s CBD be repealed, but that restrictions in Kings Cross remain in place. Berejiklian claims the actions of the NSW Upper House MPs have put "thousands of lives at risk".

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NEW SOUTH WALES. DEPT OF PREMIER AND CABINET

Rebel Liberals call spill against NSW Premier

Original article by Andrew Clennell
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 17-Sep-19

Three Liberal MPs will launch a ’empty chair’ spill motion against New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian on 17 September over abortion legislation. The legislation has passed the NSW Lower House on a conscience vote, despite most Liberal MPs voting against it. The three MPs – Lower House member Tanya Davies and Upper House members Matthew Mason-Cox and Lou Amato – have stated they are launching their motion against Berejiklian because of the unwillingness of her and her government to agree to proposed amendments to the legislation that would be put to the Upper House.

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NEW SOUTH WALES. DEPT OF PREMIER AND CABINET, LIBERAL PARTY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

We’re in a terrible state: NSW Labor leader

Original article by Brad Norington
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 30-Aug-19

New South Wales Labor leader Jodi McKay says Kaila Murnain will not return to her role as the party’s general secretary following her suspension on 28 August. McKay adds that she cannot understand how the scandal over a $100,000 cash donation to NSW Labor was allowed to ‘fester’ for so long. She also says Labor is unlikely to win office in the state until it regains the trust of voters. Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese has declined to comment on the donations scandal in NSW.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, NEW SOUTH WALES. INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION

NSW Labor suspends party’s HQ boss

Original article by Brad Norington
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 29-Aug-19

Labor’s New South Wales branch has suspended its general secretary, Kaila Murnain, as the scandal over political donations from a Chinese property developer deepens. Murnain appeared before the Independent Commission Against Corruption on 28 August, where she admitted that she had been aware of the illegal donation in September 2016 but had remained silent about it on the advice of Labor’s lawyer Ian Robertson. Labor’s NSW parliamentary leader Jodi McKay says she immediately took action to have Murnain suspended.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, NEW SOUTH WALES. INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION

Developer says tower cracks years old

Original article by Brad Norington, Ben Wilmot
The Australian – Page: 7 : 27-Jun-19

Aland Developments MD Andrew Hrsto has rejected suggestions that construction work on his company’s Peak Towers project caused the cracks in the structure of the adjacent Mascot Towers. Hrsto says an engineering report on buildings near the Peak Towers project showed that structural defects were found in the Mascot Towers building several years before work on his company’s project commenced. John Barilaro, the Deputy Premier of New South Wales, recently claimed that the problems at Mascot Towers were caused by construction work at adjacent building sites.

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ALAND DEVELOPMENTS, NEW SOUTH WALES. DEPT OF PREMIER AND CABINET

Santos CEO comes out firing on Narrabri

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 27-Feb-19

New South Wales Opposition Leader Michael Daley says Labor will block Santos’s proposed Narrabri coal seam gas project if it wins the state election on 23 March. He has warned that the $3bn project presents an "unacceptable risk" to water resources, farming and indigenous communities. Santos CEO Kevin Gallagher has stressed that protecting the environment and water resources is a priority for the oil and gas group. He adds that failure to develop the state’s gas resources will result in higher gas and electricity prices, as well as the loss of manufacturing jobs and investment in the state.

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SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, NEW SOUTH WALES. DEPT OF PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT, CREDIT SUISSE (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED

Design and building flaws behind fiasco

Original article by Sam Buckingham-Jones
The Australian – Page: 6 : 16-Jan-19

The New South Wales Government has released an independent experts’ report on the cause of cracked concrete panels on the Opal Tower in Sydney. The interim report found a number of design and construction problems with the residential tower, although it concluded that the building is structurally sound. The reports’ authors noted that while the cracks were primarily the result of design and construction issues, the problem was exacerbated as residents began moving into the building.

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NEW SOUTH WALES. DEPT OF PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT, UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE, ICON CO PTY LTD, WSP GROUP

Towering loophole: taxpayer may foot the bill for defects

Original article by Sam Buckingham-Jones
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 11-Jan-19

The troubled-plagued Opal Tower is built on land that is owned by the Sydney Olympic Park Authority rather than the apartment building’s developer, Ecove. Legal experts say that under changes to the Home Building Act in 2010, the New South Wales Government may have to bear the costs associated with fixing the tower’s structural defects, as the SOPA is regarded as the developer of the building. The government will receive the report of an independent investigation into Opal Tower on 11 January.

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SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK AUTHORITY, ECOVE GROUP PTY LTD, ICON CO PTY LTD, NEW SOUTH WALES. DEPT OF PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT, AUSTRALIA AVENUE DEVELOPMENTS PTY LTD, NEW SOUTH WALES. DEPT OF PREMIER AND CABINET, WSP GROUP, CHAMBERS RUSSELL LAWYERS, HOMEBUSH BAY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, SUPREME COURT OF NEW SOUTH WALES, BROOKFIELD MULTIPLEX LIMITED

State surpluses on the slide as spending lifts

Original article by Anthony Klan, Brad Norington
The Australian – Page: 5 : 19-Dec-18

The New South Wales government’s mid-year budget review shows that it now expects to post a surplus of $1.1bn for 2018-19, compared with a forecast surplus of $1.4bn in the June 2018 Budget. The government has also scaled back the projected surpluses for the following three financial years. A $4.04bn increase in government spending over the next four years is the major contributor to the lower surplus forecasts. The downturn in Sydney’s property market is expected to result in stamp duty revenue falling $2.5 billion over four years.

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NEW SOUTH WALES. THE TREASURY

Shorten at Chinese fundraiser behind ICAC’s raid

Original article by Brad Norington
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 19-Dec-18

The Independent Commission Against Corruption raided the Sydney headquarter of Labor’s New South Wales branch on 18 December. The raid is believed to relate to a Chinese Friends of Labor fundraising dinner that was held prior to the 2015 state election. Several federal Labor MPs were at the function, including Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. Chinese property developer Huang Xiangmo was also present at the dinner. He later attracted scrutiny over his links to former Labor senator Sam Dastyari. Property developers were banned from making donations to NSW political parties at the time of the dinner.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, CHINESE FRIENDS OF LABOR, NEW SOUTH WALES. INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION, ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIAN ELECTORAL COMMISSION, AUSTRALIAN SECURITY INTELLIGENCE ORGANISATION