John Barilaro: Labor leader Chris Minns will report the former Deputy Premier over alleged corruption, bushfire recovery program

NSW Labor leader Chris Minns has held up his promise to refer John Barilaro’s office to the state’s corruption watchdog after a damning report found the former deputy premier excluded Labor-held seats from bushfire recovery grants. Mr Minns gave the former Deputy Premier 24 hours on Friday to answer questions about why his office created … Read more

Trend of banning mobile phones in Australian high schools ‘not backed by research,’ expert warns

While a NSW Labor government would ban mobile phones in high schools if elected, an expert says the trending policy across Australia does not improve students’ focus. key points: NSW Labor says students were being asked to battle the impact of technology on their own The education minister believes high schools are already managing the … Read more

NSW Labor leader Chris Minns and SA Premier Peter Malinauskas jog in Bondi

South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas and NSW Labor Leader Chris Minns started Thursday with an early morning run around Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach. The premier hopeful was photographed in a North Face T-shirt and aqua shorts, with Mr Malinauskas in his signature sleeveless shirt and black shorts. Speaking to reporters later in the day, the … Read more

Justice Shouldn’t Hurt: Australians react to policy helping NSW child sex abuse survivors

Australians are rallying behind “inspiring” sisters Rose and Pippa’s Milthorpe, whose “brave” decision to speak out about their experience of child sexual abuse is about to end a brutal court process that leaves young survivors “broken and traumatized”. Last November, news.com.au launched its exclusive Justice Shouldn’t Hurt campaign, calling for the NSW Government to make … Read more

State Labor promise $400 million education ‘top-up’ fund for Gonski reforms

Labor has pledged to establish a $400 million education fund to better meet the Gonski school funding model if elected in March. key points: The School Resource Standard was established after the 2011 David Gonski recommendations Labor also promised to create a literacy and numeracy tutoring program This year the Coalition pledged $253 million to … Read more

Phone ban: Students forced to lock up phones in SA schools

A ban on mobile phones will be introduced at 20 high schools in South Australia from the start of term one. The move will bring the total number of schools participating in the scheme to 45 – or a quarter of the state’s high schools. All schools will have to implement the ban before the … Read more

NSW Liberal Scott Yung turns down opportunity to run against Chris Minns again

A Liberal who almost defeated NSW Opposition Leader Chris Minns in the seat of Kogarah in 2019 has ruled out running in the 2023 state election. key points: Scott Yung says he wants to focus on growing his education business, but wouldn’t rule out running in the future In 2019 he lost to Labor leader … Read more

Toll roads: How Sydney became most tolled city in the world

Sydneysiders forked out about $2 billion in tolls last year and the reason for the eye-watering amount is being blamed on the volume of toll roads in the state. NSW boasts 13 toll roads, much higher than Queensland’s six and Victoria’s three. And while as a state residents are feeling the pinch more than anywhere … Read more

NSW Labor and Coalition propose plans to save state’s koala population

Australia’s iconic marsupial has become the latest political football in the NSW state election campaign. Labor leader Chris Minns on Thursday called for an end to the so-called koala wars, which had divided the coalition, while pledging $80 million to investigate establishing a Great Koala National Park on the state’s Mid North Coast. Environment Minister … Read more

Anthony Albanese refuses to support NSW Premier at election as he calls on Dominic Perrottet to appear next to Peter Dutton

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has challenged Dominic Perrottet to bring the federal Liberal leader Peter Dutton on the campaign trail after snubbing the NSW Premier at a joint press conference. While the state election is still more than two months away, both Mr Perrottet and Labor leader Chris Minns have hit the campaign trail with … Read more