James Robertson

James Robertson

James Robertson is a Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

'Ignorant people are very dangerous things'

James Robertson The Sumer brothers are not so much close as a single organism. Ask one a question and two others answer on his behalf. Jokes are told in relays that end in harmonised guffaws.

Rockdale Council: Liberals 'holding ratepayers to ransom'

Stymied: Rockdale Mayor Shane O'Brien says the money from the car park sale will be used to pay for a $35 million aquatic centre and a $17 million library.

James Robertson A Sydney mayor is accusing his political opponents of holding him to political ransom, after they have repeatedly walked out of meetings being held to approve the sale of a $50 million car park.

Truckers on piece rates work longer hours, take more drugs, study finds

Work rate: About 350 truck drivers in NSW and WA were surveyed over two years.

James Robertson Truck drivers who are paid incentives to reach their destinations take fewer breaks and more drugs behind the wheel, a new study has found.

Gaza clashes intensify, Australians evacuating

Mourners carry the body of Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant Mohammed Sweilem, whom medics said was killed at an Israeli air strike, during his funeral in Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. Photo by Reuters

James Robertson Israel’s military offensive in Gaza entered a new and bloody phase, with ground troops deployed for the first time since military operations began last week and Australians preparing for...

For Holden's workers, closure is a shock - but not a surprise

Daniel McDonald

James Robertson It was overcast in Elizabeth on Wednesday but it had been gloomy for months.

Football club affected if main sponsor Holden leaves

Bulldogs

James Robertson, Bianca Hall The Central District Bulldogs are the pride of a part of Adelaide that is tight-knit, poor and indivisible from car making.

Holden: poor part of Adelaide faces becoming even poorer

holden

James Robertson The Central District Bulldogs are the pride of a part of Adelaide that is tight-knit, poor and indivisible from car making.

Surge in charities prompts warning over donations

Charity

James Robertson Australians registered more than 2000 tax-exempt charities last year, growth that some philanthropists warn is becoming counterproductive.

Schapelle Corby is out of prison, but as the circus rolls on she is far from free

Schapelle Corby

Michael Bachelard, James Robertson If the saturation media interest in the fate of Schapelle Corby seems absurd, consider this: on Monday morning she was a prisoner in a walled compound in a tourist suburb of Bali.

Schapelle Corby's first night of freedom spent in resort

Schapelle Corby

Michael Bachelard, James Robertson Schapelle Corby has spent her first night of freedom about three kilometres from the jail she spent nine years in - but it would have felt a world away.

Indonesia bans Schapelle Corby from doing TV interview

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Michael Bachelard and James Robertson Local authorities threaten to revoke Schapelle Corby's parole and send her back to Kerobokan prison if she goes ahead with TV interview.

Rare public holiday line-up could mean a 10 day break

hols

James Robertson This month offers us an opportunity for work-avoidance on a scale not seen in more than a decade.

Mandarin and dim sum lure more Chinese visitors

Tourists

James Robertson CHINESE tourists are pouring into Australia and our hotels and attractions are beckoning like so many Dixon Street spruikers.

Riddle of Australian killed in Syrian fighting

Syrian fighters.

James Robertson AN AUSTRALIAN man has been killed while he was part of an assault on a military base in Syria, rebel groups claimed.

Voluntary voting idea puts Libs in poll position

Generic voting image for election story. Location: St Kilda Town Hall. Photograph by Chris Hopkins

James Robertson WHEN Campbell Newman's government discussed abolishing compulsory voting this week, it incited a debate that played out in the high-minded language of rights and democracy.

Desperate wait for fire fronts to pass

Cooma.

James Robertson, Bianca Hall, Gemma Khaicy NGHARIE McCALLUM has never had to evacuate the tiny town of Tarcutta in the 46 years she's lived there. But on Tuesday afternoon she decided to pack her bags and leave.

Rudd endorses gay marriage

Kevin Rudd.

James Robertson Former PM changes his mind on same-sex marriage and now believes the federal parliament should legalise it.

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Big names facing tax probe

Kate McClymont, Linton Besser and James Robertson Prominent Australians including captains of industry, politicians, philanthropists, developers, lawyers, accountants, criminals and entrepreneurs are set to become embroiled in one of the nation's...

Big names facing tax probe

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Kate McClymont, Linton Besser and James Robertson Prominent Australians including captains of industry, politicians, philanthropists, developers, lawyers, accountants, criminals and entrepreneurs are set to become embroiled in one of the nation's...

Big names revealed in offshore tax sweep

Janet Holmes

Kate McClymont, Linton Besser, James Robertson A number of prominent Australians including captains of industry, politicians, philanthropists, developers, lawyers, accountants, criminals and entrepreneurs are set to become embroiled in one of the...