Anna Patty

Anna Patty

Anna Patty is Workplace Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald. She is a former State Political Reporter and Education Editor

Child protection: NSW spend per individual is the smallest in Australia


Anna Patty NSW is spending less on child protection per child than any other state, according to new figures.

NSW consorting laws: about 100 people given wrong warnings by police


Anna Patty Police have incorrectly given official warnings to at least 100 people under the O'Farrell government's consorting laws, which have been criticised for putting too many people at risk of being...

Alcohol-fuelled violence: Mandatory sentences 'only serve to fill jails'

Mandatory sentencing

Anna Patty The push in NSW for mandatory minimum sentences to combat alcohol-fuelled violence comes as similar laws in North America face a backlash for being too harsh and only serving to fill up jails,...

Female genital mutilation: penalties tripled in NSW

NSW State Parliament Minister for Family and Community Services, Pru Goward, during question time.
18th September 2013
Photo: Wolter Peeters
The Sydney Morning Herald

Anna Patty Penalties for performing female genital mutilation will increase from seven to 21 years' jail and it will become a crime to have the procedure done overseas.

State ignores warning on IT systems

Anna Patty Whether it is a life jacket under your seat or an oxygen mask overhead, airlines - like most large organisations - have an emergency plan in place in case disaster strikes.

NSW electricity bills set to rise at rate of inflation as Barry O'Farrell's government steps up to claim credit


Anna Patty The O'Farrell government has begun its fight to reclaim western Sydney by claiming credit for a stabilisation in electricity prices, with future bills set to rise at or just below inflation.

Reservations over mandatory sentencing for alcohol-fuelled violence

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell

Anna Patty Police will be empowered by new one-punch laws from this weekend, but Premier Barry O'Farrell may have to battle to get his next tranche of legislation to curb alcohol-fuelled violence through...

One-punch laws: Intoxication to be defined based on on high-range drink-driving levels

Barry O'Farrell

Anna Patty, Sean Nicholls People will be presumed to be intoxicated under the government's proposed one-punch laws if they have blood-alcohol levels equivalent to those used to charge people with high-range drink-driving...

Bill to combat brawl deaths sets blood-alcohol level at .15 for 'intoxication'

Beer Generic.

Anna Patty and Nicole Hasham People will be found to be "intoxicated" under the NSW government's proposed new one-punch laws if they have a blood-alcohol level equivalent to those of people charged with high-range drink driving...

New laws set to increase prison population and put pressure on courts

Sean Nicholls, Anna Patty A Sydney barrister who advised the O'Farrell government in opposition has attacked its proposed mandatory minimum sentences for alcohol-related violent crime as ''reactionary'' and doomed to fail.

NSW public servants face fresh assault on wages

Premier Barry O'Farrell

Anna Patty Salaries are under further threat from the O'Farrell government, which is determined to claw back money from public servants under its controversial wages cap.

One-punch assault laws: complication delays legislation

Safer Sydney

Anna Patty, Sean Nicholls New ''one-punch'' laws are proving difficult to implement and the government has been forced to delay the introduction of mandatory sentencing for serious assaults until the end of next month.

Marine parks: overfishing concern if O'Farrell government overturns line-fishing ban


Anna Patty Marine conservationist Attila Kaszo fears for the survival of some fish species if the state government pushes ahead this week with a decision to lift a ban on recreational fishing in protected...

Review of police investigating their own a 'whitewash', says Greens MP

Anna Patty A review into how police conduct investigations into their own behaviour has been described as a ''whitewash'' after finding there was no need for a new independent body to examine serious incidents...

Education: Teachers urge restoration of drug and alcohol prevention unit


Anna Patty Teachers are calling on the government to restore the drug and alcohol prevention unit it axed more than a year ago.

Untying the knots that bind

Eman Sharobeen

Anna Patty After being forced to marry her cousin at the age of 14 and moving to Australia from Egypt, Eman Sharobeem lived through years of physical abuse.

DoCS: 5534 more children at high risk of harm, says report


Anna Patty Demand for child protection services is increasing at the same time the O'Farrell government faces criticism for failing to fill more than 270 Department of Family and Community Services caseworker...

NSW budget to stay in red by $2.5 billion

State Treasurer Mike Baird.

Anna Patty The NSW budget will remain in the red by $2.5 billion - $656 million worse than the June forecast - despite a stronger property market.

NSW Labor shadow cabinet reshuffle as Carmel Tebbutt quits

Carmel Tebbutt

Anna Patty NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson has reshuffled his front bench following Carmel Tebbutt's decision to leave politics before the next election.

FACS: 83 child deaths in NSW in 2012

NSW State Parliament Minister for Family and Community Services, Pru Goward, during question time.
18th September 2013
Photo: Wolter Peeters
The Sydney Morning Herald

Anna Patty More than 80 children known to the Department of Family and Community Services died last year, with three-quarters having been the subject of at least one child protection report.