James Robertson

James Robertson is a Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Sydney beaches safe for swimming after massive storm

James Robertson and Peter Hannam Sydney’s beaches should again be safe for swimming this weekend after the biggest storm in years sent pollution levels soaring.

NSW Government cabinet reshuffle sees electricity privatisation opponent promoted to Mike Baird's team

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James Robertson The Baird government has ended a chaotic week of resignations by being forced into its third cabinet reshuffle in six months.

Beware unsafe inner-harbour beaches

Summer comes early to Sydney

James Robertson How safe are Sydney’s inner-harbour swimming spots? A report released this week from the department of the environment found four of Sydney’s inner-harbour were ranked “poor”...

Genia McCaffery warns that council amalgamations are inevitable

Former North Sydney mayor Genia McCaffery, who was also president of the Australian Local Government Association until 2012.

Anne Davies and James Robertson The former high-profile mayor of North Sydney, Genia McCaffery, has warned her former mayoral colleagues to think twice about rejecting council amalgamations, saying it is inevitable it will occur in...

Ambulance baby seats to go amid safety furore

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James Robertson The NSW Ambulance Service has denied that a decision to remove child safety seats from the state’s ambulances will make it more difficult to safely transport toddler patients and...

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Foreshore Beach named dirtiest in Sydney

A mystery: NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is investigating the source of a bright orange plume in the water along Foreshore Beach at Port Botany.
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James Robertson A new report ranking NSW’s beaches has found Botany’s Foreshores Beach is Sydney’s most polluted, but that generally swimming spots around the state are becoming cleaner.

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Sydney's new home boom triggers urgency in addressing transport, jobs and schools

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James Robertson Are Sydney's schools, transport and jobs market equipped to deal with residential growth that will come with a surge in home building approvals?

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Sydney councils baulk at mergers despite promise of big funding boost

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Anne Davies and James Robertson The state government's ambitious plans to reduce the number of councils in NSW are meeting strong headwinds from local mayors, with most of the 41 councils in Sydney rejecting the overtures.

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Police called over North Sydney mayor Jilly Gibson's missing notebook

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James Robertson Police were called to North Sydney council after a leak of the mayor's notebook which apparently reveals her planning to force out fellow councillors.

General David Hurley sworn in as Governor of NSW

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James Robertson General David Hurley has been sworn in as the 38th Governor of NSW.

NSW Parliament will not ban the burqa, says Premier Mike Baird

No ban, and no criticism of the PM: State premier Mike Baird.

James Robertson Premier Mike Baird has ruled out introducing any ban on Islamic dress in the NSW parliament, as Australia's only female Muslim parliamentarian describes the federal proposal as "racist dog whistling".

Dame Marie Bashir bids farewell as NSW Governor

NEWS: Bashir. The official farewell for Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO, the 37th Governor of New South Wales.
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James Robertson Pomp and circumstance blended with cheering and informality on Wednesday as Dame Marie Bashir bid farewell after more than a decade as Governor of NSW.

Ten speed cameras across NSW to go

NSW is to remove 10 speed cameras.

James Robertson The NSW Government says it will remove 10 speed cameras from the state's roads after an audit found they were doing little to improve road safety. 

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We may be fractious but we're going a good job, North Sydney council tells Local Government Minister Paul Toole

James Robertson North Sydney council has pleaded for the state government to reconsider plans to suspend the council, arguing that a string of sensational workplace disputes have not stopped it governing.

Trash or treasure: NSW Parliament garage sale throws up a mixed bag of goodies

Keen buyers sort through some of the items that previously belonged to members of Parliament.

James Robertson The state parliament held its annual garage sale, for the cause of promoting recycling and reducing waste.

North Sydney council faces suspension

North Sydney mayor Jilly Gibson

James Robertson North Sydney council, front-runner for the well-contested title of Sydney’s most acrimonious local democracy, is set to be suspended after an extraordinary intervention from the state...

North Sydney council to be suspended for infighting

North Sydney mayor Jilly Gibson

James Robertson North Sydney council, one of NSW’s most politically dysfunctional councils, will be suspended by the state government.

We must connect western Sydney Harbour with city, business leaders warn

James Robertson A wealth of new investment west of the harbour bridge risks being underexploited without supporting infrastructure and connections to the heart of the city, a forum of Sydney’s business leaders...

'Super precinct' proposed west of Harbour Bridge

An artist's impression of how the revamped Fish Markets might look.

Deborah Snow and James Robertson Sydney's leading  business groups want a "super precinct" declared west of the harbour bridge,  arguing that the mass of building projects from Barangaroo round to the new convention centre...

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$7 billion shortfall looming for NSW public schools

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James Robertson and Amy McNeilage The NSW public school system is facing a $7 billion shortfall and declining standards unless the government doubles its spending over the next two decades to meet the state's growing population, a...

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