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.

The VP, the motorcade and the hidden victim

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.

Treasurer Bowen's lieutenant was the landlord at an illegal brothel

Mayor Frank Carbone in Fairfield.

Heath Aston, Tim Barlass Mud-slinging in the western Sydney seat of McMahon continues, with leaked documents revealing a key local lieutenant of Treasurer Chris Bowen was the landlord at a premises operating as an illegal...

Judge gives rare praise to Tripodi

Joe Tripodi

Heath Aston He made and broke premiers during his time as Eddie Obeid's right hand man.

NSW Labor hit by claim for Thomson's legal charges


Heath Aston, Deborah Snow State Labor Party boss Sam Dastyari has been hit by a court claim that he agreed the party would pay more than $35,000 in legal bills racked up by embattled MP Craig Thomson.

Missing link: PM axes $2b Parramatta plan

Prime Minister Julia Gillard

Heath Aston Rail commuters and motorists will wait longer for vital infrastructure after the Gillard government quietly shifted $2 billion earmarked for the Parramatta-Epping line into a fund for projects not...

Nuclear waste on the move in clean-up

Reactor.Lucas Heights.January 23rd, 2013.Photo.Sahlan Hayes.SMH News.The Lucas Heights Nuclear Research reactor has it's 55 year anniversary on Australia day.

Heath Aston Radioactive waste and parts of Australia's oldest nuclear reactor will be trucked out of Sydney under plans to clean up the Lucas Heights nuclear facility and develop a national hazardous-waste dump...

Pokies chiefs learnt straight-shooting skills from powerful US gun lobby


Heath Aston The state clubs industry took advice from the influential US National Rifle Association before orchestrating the ''grassroots'' campaign that derailed Labor's poker machine reforms.

Muslims support gay marriage poll

Heath Aston Muslims have joined Christian groups in calling for a referendum on same-sex marriage. The main Islamic organisation, the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, has backed an election day poll on...

$30,000 lure 'morally wrong'

The Star

Heath Aston The Star casino has been accused of running the ''mother of all gambling inducements'', a promotion encouraging local punters to spend a minimum $30,000 - but up to $6 million - over a five-week...