Fossil fuel giant Santos has submitted new plans to drill for coal seam gas in the heart of Australia's richest farming country, the Liverpool Plains - an area inside Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce's hotly-contested seat of New England.
Heath Aston is a political reporter in the Canberra bureau. Most recently Health was the state political editor for the Sun-Herald. Before joining the NSW press gallery he worked for newspapers in Sydney and London.
NSW Labor leader Luke Foley has asked for the resignation of controversial MP Noreen Hay after a senior staff member in her Wollongong electorate office was charged by Australian Federal Police in relation to allegations of electoral fraud.
Turnbull Government MP Ann Sudmalis is under pressure from angry rank-and-file Liberals in her south coast NSW seat after she publicly supported an ALP-authored motion "condemning the Baird Government for its arrogant and ill-considered [council] merger proposal".
When Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull encouraged Australia's young innovators to go out and disrupt traditional industries, he may not have been expecting anyone to propose an alternative model to the entire party-political system.
The Greens have chosen a female native title lawyer to contest Tanya Plibersek's federal electorate of Sydney as the party prepares to target what it believes are five winnable lower house seats in NSW and Victoria this year.
Former Treasurer Joe Hockey has given his blessing to Trent Zimmerman to replace him in the seat of North Sydney.
Noreen Hay has waxed lyrical about being an empty nester – but all three adult children still list their home address as Ms Hay's Dapto house on the electoral roll, an investigation has found.
Labor MP Noreen Hay has stood down as Opposition Whip but has not been suspended from the ALP pending an Australian Federal Police investigation into allegations of electoral fraud and branch stacking at her Wollongong office.
A Federal Court case is set to examine the level of influence broadcaster Alan Jones wields inside the Abbott government.
Colourful No Land Tax Party candidate Peter Jones has been forced into hiding with his family after receiving death threats from a man identifying himself as a bikie.