James Robertson

James Robertson is a Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Goward sacks department bosses in rejig

Leesha McKenny James Robertson Two of the state government's most experienced department heads, Sam Haddad and Laurie Glanfield, have lost their jobs after a restructing of departments by new premier Mike Baird.

North Sydney mayor received potentially illegal donation from pub baron

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James Robertson The mayor of North Sydney took a potentially illegal donation from a pub baron which she says was for tickets in a raffle of one of her paintings.

Church leaders deliver Good Friday messages of comfort tinged with criticism

James Robertson Sydney's religious leaders have used the metaphor of resurrection in their Good Friday messages to promote the comfort of faith in testing times.

State credited with dramatic cut in youth detention rate

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James Robertson The number of children in detention in NSW has dropped by more than a quarter in the past five years, a new study has found.

Sydney ratepayers to spend a pretty penny on pop-up urinals

Loo

James Robertson In response to those who accuse local government of being preoccupied with pipe dreams, the City of Sydney is spending a lot of time thinking deeply about toilets.

Clover Moore seeks $110,000 to help evicted public housing tenants

Clover Moore.

James Robertson Clover Moore will move to grant up to $110,000 in ratepayers' money to help hundreds of public housing tenants who are soon to be evicted by the state government.

Compulsory home acquisitions on rise as Sydney infrastructure expands

James Robertson, Jacob Saulwick More Sydney home owners are set to receive one of the worst letters possible - a notice their property will be compulsorily acquired, a prelude to being bulldozed to make way for massive...

Defining western Sydney

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James Robertson Western Sydney's boundaries are on a slow march.

War veteran, 92, arrested at mine protest

Maules

James Robertson Sixty protesters have been arrested for blockading construction of a mining site in a state forest in north-western NSW.

Sydney's Ukrainian community sends a message to Russia

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James Robertson Sydney's Ukrainian community has protested peacefully against Russia's incursion into Ukrainian territory and called for greater international and Australian action.

North Sydney mayor Jilly Gibson seeks AVO against fellow councillor

Jilly Gibson

James Robertson The cut and thrust of local government appears to have got out of hand for one Sydney mayor, who made an application for a restraining order against a fellow councillor citing ''fears of harassment...

North Sydney mayor Jilly Gibson applies for AVO against fellow councillor Jeff Morris

James Robertson The cut and thrust of local government appears to have got out of hand for one Sydney mayor, who made an application for a restraining order against a fellow councillor citing "fears of harassment...

Push for schools to monitor trees after branch kills child

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James Robertson Arborists are calling for the state's public schools to actively inspect the health of trees on their properties, after an eight-year-old girl was killed by a falling branch on Friday.

Ambulance service says lack of stations risking lives

James Robertson Sydney's ambulance stations are lagging far behind the city's growing and ageing population, and the government's failure to have built more could cost lives, according to the Ambulance Service of...

Councils seeking extra rate rises multiply as costs bite bottom line

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James Robertson, Leesha McKenny Nearly twice as many Sydney councils have applied for the right to hit ratepayers with extra rate payments this year - increases that they claim are backed by popular support.

Labor's support for second airport curfew comes under fire

Badgerys Creek

James Robertson Labor's support for a curfew on a second airport at Badgerys Creek is coming under fire from experts and business groups who say it would undermine the project.

Manly redevelopment hits road block over financial viability of plan

Mayor of Manly, Jean Hay

James Robertson A Liberal mayor has drawn a warning from the state treasurer over plans to spend $80 million on a redevelopment that it plans to pay off over 50 years.

NSW ambulance paramedic interns left without key medicines

James Robertson Paramedic interns in rural NSW say they are being forced to respond to emergencies alone and without access to potentially life-saving medicine because they have not been trained how to use it.

Ambos left without key drugs

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James Robertson Paramedic interns in rural NSW say they are being forced to respond to emergencies alone and without access to potentially life-saving medicine because they have not been trained how to use it.

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Liquor laws: Haven't had enough? Just step this sway

James Robertson They are the 500 steps to circumventing the Premier's new alcohol laws. Five hundred and four, to be precise.