James Robertson

James Robertson

James Robertson is a Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Ex-premier Barry O'Farrell's tweet farewell

James Robertson In the end, he went with a tweet, not a bang.

Too many councils - and most NSW voters agree

Council mergers, forced or voluntary, will change local body voting patterns.

James Robertson Conventional wisdom has presumed merging Sydney’s councils is a politically charged issue, particularly as mayors gear up campaigns against them. But a new Fairfax/Ipsos poll suggests otherwise.

Mike Baird 'open' to government-grown marijuana

NSW Premier Mike Baird

James Robertson The NSW Premier says his government is considering growing its own marijuana, as part of a clinical trial that the government's medical advisers have advocated be extended to child patients.

'Zoe's law' bill lapses, closing controversial chapter

Bill lapses: Brodie Donegan, who lost her unborn baby, Zoe, after being struck by a drug-affected driver in 2009.

James Robertson The end of NSW's 55th parliament has closed a controversial chapter on "Zoe's law" though some are looking to a newly-worded bill clarifying the legal rights of an unborn child.

NSW upper house to hold inquiry into gas supply

Gas stove.

James Robertson Visiting homes near coal-seam gasfields and taking submissions from Alan Jones are among the plans being considered by a parliamentary inquiry into gas supply that aims to underscore the importance...

NSW Greens' medical cannabis plan would allow epileptic children access

James Robertson The Greens have unveiled a proposal for legalising medical marijuana that would have the government growing its own supply and treating children with incurable epilepsy.

Home invasions, two days and two kilometres away 'peculiar': police

NSW police

James Robertson Police say it's too early to say whether there are links between two early-morning home invasions involving women in Sydney's west just two days and two kilometres apart.

Demand for public housing grows as government sells homes

On the wane: Public housing.

James Robertson Fewer families are living in public housing as the NSW government has built only 440 new homes in the past year but in the past four years has knocked down or sold 6000.

Fears Avalon restaurant deal signals change in surf club rules

Shifting sands: Surf Lifesaving NSW has been lobbying the state government to grant its clubs greater security of tenure.

James Robertson Is the swanky new restaurant on Avalon Beach a sign of progress or creeping commercialisation?

Ryde Council votes to continue support for pageants

Emma Watkins

James Robertson A Sydney council has voted to maintain its association with two pageant contests for young women, after a debate about whether they are "archaic".

Shooters' native vegetation law reforms blocked by government

The state government has blocked controversial proposed reforms of the state's native vegetation laws.

James Robertson The state government has blocked controversial proposed reforms of the state's native vegetation laws that would have watered down penalties for obstructing officials enforcing the law. 

Ryde Council to debate shutting down pageant that unearthed the Yellow Wiggle

Emma Watkins.

James Robertson A local council will this week debate whether to cut ties its association with a "Queen Quest" contest for young women, amid claims pageants are "archaic" and send young women a demeaning message.

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NSW supports NT gas pipeline but impact on bills uncertain

It's a deal: Experts are uncertain how much benefit there would be for consumers from a deal for a gas pipeline signed by Premier Mike Baird.

James Robertson The state government signed a deal to support the development of a gas pipeline connecting the east coast with the Northern Territory’s immense gas reserves.

Green Square pool: Sydney architect wins design competition

pool

James Robertson A Sydney architect has beaten a large international field with his design of the city’s newest and largest pool for the Green Square development.

North Sydney Council escapes suspension threat

James Robertson The council still faces a Performance Improvement Order.

Homeless women's services saved from chopping block

James Robertson Women’s advocates have hailed a new government funding deal, which they say will save a number of Sydney’s long-running services for homeless women from extinction.

NSW Ambulance service ditches child safety restraint ban

NSW Ambulance.

James Robertson Ambulances will instead get replacement child safety seats after reports by Fairfax Media.

Baby's life put at risk by ambulance safety seat debacle

Worrisome wait: Kate Anderson and her daughter Isabelle.

James Robertson Kate Anderson had been waiting for nearly five hours. Two-month-old Isabelle was sick and getting worse.

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Work on eastern suburbs light rail begins along George Street

On track: An artist's impression of the proposed light rail system.

James Robertson The state government will begin preparing to tear up George Street this Sunday to lay the path for the new eastern suburbs light rail project.But the first stage of the $1.

Liberals hire private investigator Mick Symons as branch battles in Manly, Homebush and Wentworthville get nasty

Inquiry: Tony Nutt.

James Robertson The NSW Liberal Party is using the former head of the Independent Commission Against Corruption as a private investigator to look into allegations of branch stacking, intimidation and impersonation...