Heath Aston

Heath Aston

Heath Aston is a political reporter in the Canberra bureau. Most recently Heath was the state political editor for the Sun-Herald. Before joining the NSW press gallery he worked for newspapers in Sydney and London.

'Abbott factor' expected to cost Coalition seats in NSW election

Heath Aston Liberal MPs and opposition strategists say Prime Minister Tony Abbott's toxic standing in the electorate could directly cost the Coalition up to six or seven seats at the NSW March state election.

Questions over Martin Place siege command as joint investigation nears completion

Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, pictured here in 2011.

Heath Aston and David Wroe NSW police has defended the chain of command put in place during the Martin Place siege amid questions over whether state protocols for terror incidents were fully enacted on the day.

Worker seeks damages against Greg Pearce, sacked former NSW finance minister for breach of privacy

Greg Pearce.

Heath Aston A two-year battle has ended with a sick man able to pursue his case for breach of privacy against Greg Pearce.

Branch stacking and electoral roll allegations taint Labor preselection in Wollongong

Labor MP Noreen Hay.

Heath Aston, Michael Koziol The re-election hopes of veteran state Labor MP Noreen Hay have been rocked by evidence of branch stacking and apparent electoral roll fraud among her supporters in Wollongong.

Tony Abbott faces Liberal revolt over Middle Head aged care home

Heath Aston and Deborah Snow Prime Minister Tony Abbott is facing open revolt in Liberal Party branches in his own electorate over his support for a deal that will see a privately owned, for-profit aged care home built on public...

Leaked report raises concerns over 457 visa

NEWS - R-L, CEO Neil Fiske and Chairman Ian Pollard speaking to media after the Billabong AGM at the Gold Coast.

Heath Aston, political correspondent Billabong International's chief executive, the American retail specialist Neil Fiske, is working in Australia on a 457 visa.

ANU defends divestments, says fossil fuels companies must diversify into new energy

Heath Aston, political correspondent The head of the Australian National University has defended a decision to dump certain resources stocks from the university's $1 billion investment portfolio on ethical grounds, saying fossil...

ICAC call-up for Richard Shields, former deputy director of NSW Liberals

Richard Shields has been served with a late call-up to the ICAC inquiry into developer donations.

Heath Aston A senior NSW Liberal Party figure with links to former cabinet minister Chris Hartcher has been drawn into the Independent Commission Against Corruption inquiry into developer donations.

The VP, the motorcade and the hidden victim

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 25: Former Vice President Dick Cheney is interviewed by SiriusXM Patriot host David Webb at SiriusXM studios on October 25, 2011 in Washington, DC. Cheney recently released his memoir, 'In My Time.' (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Heath Aston It is the untold story of Dick Cheney's infamous visit to Sydney in 2007. The former US vice-president, in town to meet John Howard, travelled in a 30-vehicle motorcade that included his own armoured...

Clive Palmer's party misses deadline to register for NSW election


Heath Aston The Clive Palmer circus is unlikely to be coming to State Parliament after Palmer United Party officials failed to register the party in time for the 2015 election.

Labor MPs to admonish Bill Shorten over support for Badgerys Creek airport

Heath Aston Labor's western Sydney MPs have called a crisis meeting with Bill Shorten over the Opposition Leader's surprise public support for a second Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek.

Game council boss convicted on hunting, gun charges


Heath Aston The former head of the Game Council, whose illegal killing of a feral goat started a chain reaction that led to the abolition of the council and the scuttling of plans to allow hunters access to...

Tim Fischer tipped as 38th governor of NSW

NCH - NEWS - Former National Party of Australia leader and deputy Prime Minister, Tim Fischer

Heath Aston Former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer has emerged as a potential candidate to replace NSW Governor Marie Bashir.

NSW Labor Party suspends Joe Tripodi


Heath Aston Joe Tripodi has been suspended from the Labor Party after being drawn into the Independent Commission Against Corruption investigation into Eddie Obeid.

Former Kogarah Labor minister Cherie Burton to quit state politics

Cherie Burton

Heath Aston Former Labor minister Cherie Burton will quit politics at the next state election after 16 years as the Member for Kogarah.

NSW same sex union debate up next week

Celebrations in the public gallery after the bill is passed.

Sean Nicholls, Heath Aston Same sex marriage laws will be debated in the NSW Parliament next week after a group of MPs pushing for the reform received expert advice their bill can survive a challenge in the High Court.

The $1m mistake: senator's poll windfall

Daivd Leyonhjelm.

Heath Aston NSW senator-elect David Leyonhjelm, who admits he benefited from voters mistaking him for a Liberal Party candidate on the ballot paper, will receive more than $1 million from taxpayers as a result...

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Nurse made aged patients 'beg and suck his thumb'

Heath Aston A male nurse made an elderly dementia patient get down all fours and beg him for cigarettes, and forced a 99-year-old female patient to suck his thumb.

Pub car park fall: woman wins $456,000 payout

Helen Wurth

Heath Aston A woman who stepped into a partially-covered drain in a pub car park, fracturing two toes, has been awarded nearly half a million dollars by a court.

Poker feud over missing chips: player sues four friends in landmark case

Nick Polias

Heath Aston When the chips were down for Nick Polias in Las Vegas he thought he could rely on his mates.