Heath Aston is a political reporter in the Canberra bureau. Most recently Heath was the state political editor for the Sun-Herald. Before joining the NSW press gallery he worked for newspapers in Sydney and London.
Heath Aston The author of a report that lays bare the connection between climate change and extreme bushfires has expressed his ''frustration'' with Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Environment Minister Greg Hunt...
Heath Aston Climate change is increasing the probability of extreme bushfire conditions, a report by the nation's leading climate change advisory body has found.
Heath Aston Environment groups are threatening to mobilise more than 2 million people if the Rudd government gives in to business demands to slash green tape and hand all development approval powers back to the...
Heath Aston BUSHWALKERS will pay the price of the state government's decision to allow amateur hunters into national parks through increased insurance costs to reflect the risk of being shot.
Heath Aston Unlicensed hunters who mix guns and alcohol will go to national parks to shoot illegally once the feral animal cull begins in March, a government report warns.
Heath Aston ACCESS to national parks could be interrupted over summer as rangers consider ways to protest against the state government's introduction of hunting in NSW's 800 parks.
Heath Aston Animal welfare groups say hunters are behind a mysterious campaign to stop the poisoning of feral deer and goats in national parks - because it will only reduce the number of animals they can shoot.
Heath Aston, Natalie O'Brien A ship carrying 3000 tonnes of explosive material used in mining blasts is floating off the Newcastle coast because the embattled chemical-maker Orica has no place to store it on land.
Heath Aston THE passage of the carbon tax has received a boost, with legal advice to NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell suggesting that a High Court challenge to block the tax would fail.
Natalie O'Brien and Heath Aston Ian Malouf, the man who boasts he is opening the biggest landfill site in the southern hemisphere at Eastern Creek, acknowledges pollution lapses by his waste empire.
Natalie O'Brien and Heath Aston The Orica chemical plant in Newcastle, shut down after a 900-kilogram ammonia leak last week, had already leaked 69,000 kilograms of the chemical in uncontrolled releases over the past year.
Heath Aston It is a migration that would make David Attenborough's jaw drop - and it all begins in a murky pond in the heart of Sydney.
Heath Aston For the state government it has been a lingering headache since the 1970s but for people who lived on top of radioactive waste in an exclusive harbourside suburb of Sydney it is a matter of life and...
Heath Aston and Natalie O'Brien Orica has admitted for the first time it delayed alerting the public after one of its factories belched cancer-causing fumes over a Newcastle neighbourhood.
Heath Aston Tell this grey nurse shark that it's a protected species in NSW and it may find the news hard to swallow.
Heath Aston THE solar industry has accused the O'Farrell government of breaking a promise to release figures on which it based its case for slashing the solar bonus scheme.
Heath Aston A FORMER Liberal Party leader is advising the solar energy industry on how to torpedo the Coalition government's plan to retrospectively slash solar bonuses for households who invested in the bungled...
Heath Aston TONY NUSCO'S worst fear is an oil tanker sinking in Sydney Harbour.
Heath Aston THE clean-up has begun in northern NSW despite some towns remaining all but cut off by flooding and beachside Yamba still completely isolated late yesterday.
Heath Aston THE NSW government will try to ease fears over coal seam gas drilling before the election, with new rules giving communities a greater say before projects are approved.