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Lisa Visentin is state political reporter. She has previously covered urban affairs, and worked in federal parliament.

Gareth Ward accused of bullying by second woman, Parliament hears

Gareth Ward accused of bullying by second woman, Parliament hears

NSW Liberal MP Gareth Ward has been accused of bullying a second woman, after the opposition revealed a written complaint from a community member had been sent to the premier's office.

  • by Lisa Visentin & Alexandra Smith

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Pill testing ruled out as Premier looks to experts after music festival deaths

Pill testing ruled out as Premier looks to experts after music festival deaths

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian will seek the advice of an expert panel on how to make music festivals safer, but the panel will not consider the merits of pill testing.

  • by Lisa Visentin
Fishing lockouts 'off the table' after NSW government cops widespread backlash

Fishing lockouts 'off the table' after NSW government cops widespread backlash

There will be no new fishing lockout zones along the NSW coast, as the state government scrapped a key element of its marine park strategy after it faced an substantial backlash from fishing groups.

  • by Lisa Visentin
Assessment of major development projects 'opaque', review finds

Assessment of major development projects 'opaque', review finds

Some of the state's major developments are being assessed in a manner which is "opaque" in both logic and rationale, according to an independent review.

  • by Lisa Visentin
Scott Morrison on the hustings in Wentworth with 'best candidate' Sharma

Scott Morrison on the hustings in Wentworth with 'best candidate' Sharma

Dave Sharma was not the person Scott Morrison wanted by his side in Wentworth.

  • by Lisa Visentin
PM says Dave Sharma 'the best candidate' for Wentworth

PM says Dave Sharma 'the best candidate' for Wentworth

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has brushed aside suggestions he was rolled in his preference to have a woman contest the seat. 

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Premier's priorities undermined by 'substantial' data limitations

Premier's priorities undermined by 'substantial' data limitations

Gladys Berejiklian's key goals of boosting housing approvals and reducing domestic violence reoffending are being hampered by a lack of transparency, data limitations and ambiguous targets, an audit report has found.

  • by Lisa Visentin
'There are genuine concerns': Marine Parks fishing bans could be junked

'There are genuine concerns': Marine Parks fishing bans could be junked

The NSW government is considering abandoning plans for bans on fishing at NSW coast sites after a backbench-led revolt against its proposed marine park policy.

  • by Lisa Visentin
Concern for clients as domestic violence court services put out for tender

Concern for clients as domestic violence court services put out for tender

The services which help women secure legal protection against their violent partners are over-worked and could be further diminished if a restructuring process goes ahead, the state's peak domestic violence body has warned.

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'Panic will set in': Berejiklian's majority under serious threat

'Panic will set in': Berejiklian's majority under serious threat

Senior Liberals have accepted that the Wagga Wagga loss leaves them "dangerously close" to minority government.

  • by Alexandra Smith, Lisa Visentin & Michaela Whitbourn
Independent Joe McGirr on track for historic Wagga win

Independent Joe McGirr on track for historic Wagga win

The Liberal Party was bracing for a backlash from voters and the prospect one of its safe seats would fall into independent hands, as polling booths in Wagga Wagga closed on Saturday.

  • by Lisa Visentin