James Robertson

James Robertson

James Robertson is a Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Sydney lockout laws: ban on new pub licences extended

James Robertson The state government has decided to extend a ban on all new pub and club licences in Kings Cross and Sydney's centre.

Auburn councillor Salim Mehajer's unusual defence in court: 'It may be unattractive but we believe it'

A tribunal had found Salim Mehajer had failed to declare he owned a property when voting on a change to council planning codes that would have increased its value by an estimated $1 million.

James Robertson A local councillor who votes to triple the size of one of his buildings and make a $10 million windfall is under no obligation to declare that his vote might have been influenced.

Mystery deepens over KPMG council merger report

Greens MP David Shoebridge speaking at the Save Our Councils Coalition meeting at Strathfield Town Hall.

James Robertson It really ought to be one of those "yes or no" questions. But when it comes to council mergers, nothing is that simple.

Alan Jones attack threat to potential Craig Kelly challengers

Sean Nicholls, James Robertson Alan Jones says he will have "a hell of a story" to tell if a Liberal MP is challenged for preselection.

Jaymes Diaz 2.0 fears after father Jess Diaz holds all cards in Greenway stoush

James Robertson A secret meeting of the Liberal party's top brass has left family patriarch Jess Diaz once again holding all the aces for the upcoming preselection of the seat his son Jayme lost in 2013.

Lidcombe residents face months away from home after fierce storm

Workers survey and make temporary repairs to 14-22 Water Street, Lidcombe.

Ava Benny-Morrison and James Robertson Harry Choi is one of 200 Lidcombe residents facing an uncertain future and a period of homelessness. 

Councils, state government spend big on merger campaigns

James Robertson Public money is flying fast in the battle over council mergers.

Prisons overflowing as Corrections Minister David Elliott brings in report card system

jail

James Robertson There are 12,100 inmates in NSW's prisons - and almost half of them will be back.

NSW Police accused of targeting poorer drivers by omitting cocaine swab from roadside tests

A saliva swab being taken.

James Robertson Why are roadside police not testing for a drug commonly associated with wealth?

Suspension threat: Auburn council resolves to be on best behaviour

Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer and fellow councillors will meet on Wednesday night with a suspension hanging over their heads.

James Robertson Less than six months since his "wedding of the year", Salim Mehajer and the Auburn City Council have convened for potentially the final time.

Auburn councillor George Campbell appeals to be allowed to keep job

James Robertson As Auburn council prepares for what could be a final meeting on Wednesday night, one councillor has made an appeal to keep his job.

Alcohol abuse: radical plan to serve drinks in homeless shelter has key backers

Dr Nadine Ezard

James Robertson How do you lower the toll of alcohol abuse on homeless people with an addiction? Serve them drinks.

Office of Local Government has not seen KPMG report

James Robertson Pressure is mounting on the state government to release a consultants' report that found its policy on amalgamations is going to bring NSW $2 billion in economic benefits.

Council amalgamation report 'awash with errors'

A report by the accounting firm KPMG  has become central to the state government's case for its policy of forcing NSW councils to merge.

James Robertson The state government is facing a black hole of tens of millions of dollars in its costings of forced council amalgamations as the result of a KPMG report which has been described as being "awash with...

Mike Baird sounds warning over anti-immigration politics in Australia Day speech

NSW Premier Mike Baird:

James Robertson The NSW Premier Mike Baird has used his Australia Day address to warn Australia to resist anti-immigration politics.

Clover Moore strikes a powersharing deal with the Greens

Greens councillor Irene Doutney is Sydney's new deputy mayor.

James Robertson Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore has struck a powersharing deal with the Greens, following the death of the council's deputy mayor Robyn Kemmis.

Auburn, North Sydney councils in the sights of state government

Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer.

James Robertson Two of Sydney's most dysfunctional councils are under a state government review.

NSW Health confirms seven babies given to wrong mothers in mix-up

Stefanie Phillips said she was overwhelmed after Gosford Hospital staff told her that her baby had been breastfed by another mother.

James Robertson Seven newborn babies have been handed to the wrong mothers in an apparently shocking mix-ups in the NSW health system.

Preselection battle grows for Hughes as media war, split threatened

Craig Kelly may run as an independent if he loses.

James Robertson The fallout from a potential preselection challenge in Sydney's south-west is growing daily with the first indications that sitting MP Craig Kelly may start a media war and run against a challenger...

Jodie Harrison hands portfolios to Kate Washington in NSW Labor reshuffle

Jodie Harrison.

James Robertson NSW Labor has announced a change to its frontbench team, with shadow minister Jodie Harrison stepping down.