Anna Patty is Workplace Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald. She is a former State Political Reporter and Education Editor
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...
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.
Anna Patty NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson has reshuffled his front bench following Carmel Tebbutt's decision to leave politics before the next election.
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.
Anna Patty Stuart Ayres, the new Minister assisting Premier Barry O'Farrell on western Sydney, says a second Sydney airport is not viable without federal government investment.
Anna Patty NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell has appointed Anthony Roberts as the new Resources and Energy Minister and Stuart Ayres as the Fair Trading Minister and the minister assisting him on Western Sydney.
Anna Patty Premier Barry O'Farrell has ruled out a major reshuffle of his cabinet despite pressure from backbenchers who are eager for broader change.
Anna Patty The child protection caseworker vacancy rate has almost doubled this year despite Family and Community Services Minister Pru Goward's directive to her department in March to fill all vacancies.
Anna Patty More than 100 cars have been impounded and 500 number plates seized since the state government cracked down on car hoons last year.
Anna Patty Energy and Resources Minister Chris Hartcher has resigned from the NSW government cabinet in response to a corruption inquiry.
Anna Patty A controversial plan to replace historic Windsor Bridge has been recommended for government approval despite internal documents revealing the proposal is problematic and open to legal challenge.
Anna Patty The government is opening the way to a new stolen generation, protesters outside State Parliament have warned.
Anna Patty Premier Barry O'Farrell has blasted his federal colleagues for abandoning the schools funding agreement he struck with the former Labor government, saying they should stop acting like an opposition.
Anna Patty Specialist support for teachers of English as a second language is being abolished in a move that academics and community groups say will disadvantage vulnerable refugee and migrant children.
Anna Patty Zoe's law has always been personal for Brodie Donegan and her husband Nick Ball.
Anna Patty The controversial foetal rights bill known as Zoe's Law has been passed in the lower house of the NSW Parliament despite opposition by some government ministers and MPs.
Anna Patty New gas exploration laws would provide a "back door" for mining companies to enter private land holdings without permission, community groups and the NSW Greens have warned.
Anna Patty James Packer's casino has the green light after the NSW Parliament passed legislation approving VIP-only gambling at the proposed $1.3 billion hotel complex at Barangaroo.
Anna Patty Restrictions on alcohol sales at licensed venues in Newcastle should not be viewed as a panacea for alcohol-fuelled violence around the state, says Hospitality Minister George Souris.
Anna Patty Controversial ''one-punch'' laws are being criticised as unnecessary and as a shield to protect the liquor industry.