James Robertson

James Robertson is a Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

NSW Parliament will not ban the burqa, says 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.
Photo: Edwina Pickles. 
1st Oct 2014.

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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City of Sydney voting: NSW government cancels debate on bill

Clover Moore

James Robertson The state government appears to be backing away from key aspects of a bill for overhauling elections for the City of Sydney and is reconsidering a controversial proposal to give businesses two votes.

Baird government offers NSW councils $250m to merge


James Robertson The Baird government will offer NSW councils nearly $260 million in incentives to merge but is no longer ruling out forcing them to do so if they decline the invitation.

Melbourne report slams Sydney business voting model

James Robertson As the state government presses ahead with reforms to give businesses two votes in city of Sydney elections, an independent review has recommended overturning the practice in Melbourne.

Governor Marie Bashir's triumphant farewell

Marie Bashir

James Robertson The Governor of NSW, Dame Marie Bashir, has given a farewell address to NSW parliament before stepping down from high office next month. 

Sydney business vote bill could derail local government reform, expert warns

UTS Professor Graham Sansom.

James Robertson One of the state government’s top advisers on local government policy has called for it to abandon plans to undermine Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore and focus on more important reform.

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Death of former NSW deputy premier Ron Mulock

James Robertson Ron Mulock, the former mayor of Penrith and deputy premier of NSW, has died.

Landowners in regional NSW are weighing up real cost of having miners move into neighbourhood

Under siege: Kathy Wardrop is dismayed by the mining projects popping up around her house at Forbesdale.

James Robertson What happens when someone starts mining your back yard? Kathy Wadrop may yet find out.

Parramatta Road redevelopment suddenly doubled


James Robertson The state government appears to have quietly doubled its projections for the number of new houses that will line a major redevelopment of land around Parramatta Road. 

Giant cloud sculpture for George Street leaves critics and public split


James Robertson and Andrew Taylor Sydney Council’s plans to adorn the CBD with $8 million worth of sculptures variously described as “awe-inspiring” and “whimsical” has left few people indifferent.

George Street sculpture revealed in $9m public art spending spree


James Robertson A white steel cloud arch standing more than 50 metres high was among three pieces of public art unveiled for the city centre today.

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