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The auditor-general is to investigate disability service grants which the opposition says were skewed towards Labor and Greens electorates. Auditor-General Ian McPhee has begun a performance audit into the $60 million Supported Accommodation
THE Baillieu government has been accused of trying to avoid parliamentary scrutiny as committees designed to hold it to account are left barely functioning. Six upper house committees were set up with bipartisan support under the Brumby government
James Packer, who owns a stake in The Star through his Crown casino group, this week met with key crossbenchers from the Christian Democrats and Shooters Party to lobby against a Labor and Greens push to scrap the smoking exemption. A smoking ban
Among the nine Labor senators who would probably lose their seats are Finance Minister Penny Wong, a convener of the Left faction, Doug Cameron, and one of the so-called faceless men who brought down then prime minister Kevin Rudd, the Right faction'
Anna Patty State Politics September 14, 2011 THE NSW upper house yesterday asked for a free conference to break the political deadlock over its controversial graffiti bill, the first time such a conference has been requested in more than 150 years.
Anna Patty State Politics August 30, 2011 NSW Shooters and Fishers Party MPs are preparing to reject the state government's graffiti crime bill a second time when it returns to the upper house in its original form next week. A spokesman for Shooters
Tom Arup June 16, 2011 MP for Throsby Stephen Jones is spoken to by the Chief Government Whip Joel Fitzgibbon during question time yesterday. Greens as negotiations on a carbon price enter their final weeks, signalling securing compensation for coal
Lara Giddings says that government debate on a no-confidence motion in children Minister Lip Throp can dismiss yhe government.A no-confidence motion is moved by opposition leader will Hodgman which is against Ms Thorp
Story continues below Ms Thorp has been criticised for leaking sensitive details about the process in which Paul Mason was dumped as the state's Children's Commissioner. In a radio interview two weeks ago, Ms Thorp revealed that Mr Mason had ranked
informs me that in light of crushing defeat in NSW she is appointing me as the inaugural Minister for Community Concerns...PM needs something tomorrow morning for her speech to Whitlam Institute. Nothing too comprehensive, just a re-definition of