Kirsty Needham

Kirsty Needham

Kirsty Needham is State Politics Editor for the Sun-Herald.

Fears Premier Mike Baird looking for a younger cabinet team

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Kirsty Needham The NSW Liberal party is being divided by an attempt to push its most senior female minister out of cabinet because of her age.

ALP looks for weak link in the new Premier Mike Baird's chain

Acting NSW Opposition Leader Linda Burney

Kirsty Needham Labor has been quick to attack the Premier Mike Baird over his conservative Christian social values, seeking to exploit any chink in the armour of the new Liberal leader.

Liberals and Nationals end political stand-off over the seat of Goulburn

Pru Goward

Kirsty Needham The stand-off between NSW ministers Pru Goward and Katrina Hodgkinson, and the Liberal and Nationals parties, over the seat of Goulburn, has been resolved after Ms Hodgkinson withdrew her nomination.

Greens politicians object to Tony Abbott's knights and dames and hand back their titles

Kirsty Needham The controversy surrounding Prime Minister Tony Abbott's resurrection of knights and dames has prompted two NSW Greens politicians to hand back their titles.

Divisive debate on fluoride leads to a rotten conclusion

Kirsty Needham

Kirsty Needham A dentist told NSW Parliament last week that the World Health Organisation had declared access to fluoride for dental health a basic human right.

Scott Morrison cracks down on failed asylum seekers and signs contract for 'voluntary' returns

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison

Michael Gordon, Kirsty Needham Several hundred asylum seekers whose claims for refugee status were rejected are being returned to indefinite detention or prepared for imminent deportation under a crackdown by the Abbott government.

Bryce's remarks more than appropriate: PM

Governor General Quentin Bryce

Kirsty Needham, Jill Stark and Aisha Dow Prime Minister Tony Abbott says 'it’s more than appropriate' for the governor-general to publicly support gay marriage and a push for Australia to become a republic.

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Bullying culture could run deep at WorkCover

Kirsty Needham If a bullied employee didn't report the bullying, does it mean there isn't a problem?

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Tony Abbott stuck in travel expenses cycle of shame

Barnaby Joyce.

Kirsty Needham The Abbott government's crackdown on politicians who rort travel expenses follows a series of reports by Fairfax Media revealing dubious claims by a quarter of Tony Abbott's frontbench.

Expenses scandal: how it unfolded

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Kirsty Needham The Abbott government's crackdown on politicians who rort travel expenses follows a series of reports by Fairfax Media revealing dubious claims by a quarter of Tony Abbott's frontbench.

Job cuts send costs spiralling

Barry O'Farrell.

Kirsty Needham The O'Farrell government has spent more than half a billion dollars on redundancy payments to education, health and transport workers and other public servants during its two years in office.

Unions challenge rules on donations

John Robertson.

Kirsty Needham Political donations by corporations are a form of freedom of expression that need protection, unions will argue in the High Court this week.

No need for foetal rights bill, says Law Society

Foetus.

Kirsty Needham The controversial foetal rights bill Zoe's Law is unnecessary and will lead to unjust sentencing results, with its definition of an unborn child likely to spill into murder and manslaughter cases,...

Gonski scheme off to unhappy start for some

Kirsty Needham It was perverse that the long-awaited Gonksi funding boost to public schools in NSW was announced with a sting in the tail.

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Funding cuts for poor schools were 'worse without Gonski funds'

Adrian Piccoli.

Kirsty Needham The funding cuts to disadvantaged NSW schools would have been worse than the $5.6 million outlined by NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli if the Gillard government had not tipped in $100 million in...

Urban dwellers miss mark with Shooters' support

Kirsty Needham Shooters Party MP Robert Brown had to take two blood pressure tablets before entering the NSW upper house to debate a law that has succeeded in disbanding his beloved Game Council and handed control...

Labor regains southern Sydney seat of Miranda

Miranda

Kirsty Needham Labor has regained the seat of Miranda, with a massive swing against the Liberal government in Saturday’s byelection in southern Sydney.

Lobbyist trio says the field is far from even

Kirsty Needham

Kirsty Needham It has been open season on lobbyists in NSW, and already one minister has declared they shall not darken his door.

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High-profile Catholics launch a salvo

Paul Lynch.

Kirsty Needham The chancellor of the national Catholic university is lobbying NSW MPs to vote for the controversial bill Zoe's Law, circulating a letter signed by three senior lawyers with strong links to the...

Another minister to battle foetus bill

Ultrasound

Kirsty Needham A second female cabinet minister has said she will vote against a controversial bill seeking to recognise a 20-week-old foetus as a living person, as the issue divides the NSW government and...