Anna Patty

Anna Patty

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

Big savings for taxpayers by cutting the city commute

Anna Patty After 14 years of commuting to the city from Kellyville, Raymund Manio now saves up to 2½ hours of travelling time each day by working at a so-called "smart work centre" at Rouse Hill for two to...

Premier Mike Baird urged to review NSW water services contracts


Anna Patty Premier Mike Baird has been warned against further privatisation of water and sewerage services in response to corruption allegations that Australian Water Holdings exploited taxpayers' money under a...

Owners will be forced to sell under new laws


Anna Patty A majority of apartment owners will be able to force their neighbours to sell their homes to developers under proposed laws to be taken to the NSW cabinet for approval next month.

Factional battle: why Gladys Berejiklian could not be premier

Gladys Berejiklian

Anna Patty Factional warring threatened to break out within the NSW Liberal Party if Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian, a warrior of the party's left-wing, became premier.

Premier will miss perks

Quakers Hill Nursing home re open.
Premier Barry O'Farrell re opens the Quakers Hill nursing home after it was burnt down in November, 2011
Friday 28th February, 2014
Photos: Anthony Johnson

Anna Patty Barry O'Farrell not only fell on his sword, he abolished his own entitlements as a former premier under reforms he introduced in 2012.

Charities warn they can't fill in the gaps if Abbott cuts welfare

Dr John Falzon

Anna Patty Charity groups have warned they cannot be expected to fill in the gaps if the federal government walks away from its provision of welfare and social services for Australia's most vulnerable people...

Calls for Pru Goward to be sacked over abandoned children


Rachel Browne, Anna Patty The government department in charge of children's welfare is unable to protect the state's children, according to a scathing report by NSW Ombudsman Bruce Barbour, leading to calls for the sacking of...

Barry O'Farrell's controversial wages policy rejected by NSW Court of Appeal

Barry O'Farrell

Anna Patty In a blow to the O’Farrell government’s controversial wages policy for hundreds and thousands of public servants, the NSW Court of Appeal has struck down its decision to strip the industrial...

Police called to UTS work site as Lend Lease claims union trespass

An area on the UTS site that the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union claims is a blocked access way.

Anna Patty Police and the NSW work safety authority have been called to intervene in an escalating dispute between Lend Lease and the construction union on the eve of the royal commission into governance and...

Royal commission on corruption 'will not extend to building industry'

George Brandis.

Anna Patty Terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Union Governance and Corruption are unlikely to lead the inquiry to uncover criminal activity driven by companies and subcontractors in the building...

Building workers sent home after union launches safety blitz

construction worker

Anna Patty Construction workers on the University of Technology, Sydney building site in Ultimo were sent home by Lend Lease managers on Tuesday after a union launched a national safety audit on the company's...

Barry O'Farrell accuses Labor of assault risk over mandatory sentencing bill impasse

Safer Sydney

Anna Patty Premier Barry O'Farrell says Labor will be in the dock and charged over a failure to protect the NSW public if an alcohol-fuelled assault takes place in the next five weeks.

Setback for O'Farrell 'one punch' law

Barry O'Farrell

Anna Patty NSW Labor has won support for amendments to the O'Farrell government's controversial mandatory sentencing laws, leaving the tough ''one punch'' penalties in a state of limbo.

Two senior WorkCover NSW managers to retire

John Watson

Anna Patty Two of the most senior managers at WorkCover NSW have announced their retirement.

WorkCover changes disadvantage amputees, inquiry hears

Feet for the world. (Thumbnail)

Anna Patty An amputated foot is not considered a "serious injury" under the O'Farrell government's changes to WorkCover, a parliamentary inquiry has heard.

Sentencing laws becoming 'a political football'

Anna Patty The families of victims of one-punch violence have accused the NSW parliament of making a ''political football'' out of mandatory sentencing laws designed to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence.

NSW mandatory sentencing laws to be sent back to upper house


Anna Patty Controversial mandatory sentencing legislation to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence will be sent back to the upper house of the NSW Parliament for consideration a second time after the government...

Disability service workers to protest at privatisation plans

Public Service Association members protesting outside Panthers Newcastle over the privatisation of disability services

Anna Patty Thousands of disability service workers will take industrial action to slow down the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in protest at plans to privatise home care services.

Barry O'Farrell says no to Labor amendments on mandatory sentencing laws


Anna Patty The O'Farrell government appears unlikely to support Labor Party amendments to its controversial mandatory sentencing laws to curb alcohol-fuelled violence.

Fair Work Commission should not direct litigants on choice of solicitor or barrister, full bench finds

Anna Patty The Fair Work Commission was found to be wrong to direct a party on whether a solicitor or a barrister could be used to argue a case.