The proposed amalgamation of 40 NSW councils has generated heated opposition. While public resistance has now won out in several regional communities, it's a different story in the city.
Gladys Berejiklian becomes NSW premier with a great deal of experience, but she needs to overcome several problems – internal and external – to arrest sliding polls.
Mike Baird is the fifth New South Wales premier in ten years, and only one of them lost their job to an election. There's little time, it seems, to learn and grow as a political leader.
Homeless children charged in NSW with a criminal offence who are unable to meet bail conditions are being kept in custody. It's due, in part, to a well-meant but flawed section of the Bail Act.
Mike Baird's political leadership style is evangelical – and it has landed him in hot water.
The state is ignoring historical, social and moral reasons to keep public housing in Heritage areas of Sydney. Its sell-off will further divide the city between rich and poor and end a rich history.
There are a few necessary ingredients for the effective regulation of any political donations system.
In office, to what extent has New South Wales Premier Mike Baird acted according to liberal principles?
Evidence suggests early intervention to improve educational opportunities for low-income kids yields impressive long term results -- but we need to use better evaluation methods to know what works.
Good governance is the right thing to do, and boosts the legitimacy of decision-making. If moral chivalry doesn't appeal, here are two more reasons: it's cost-efficient and delivers better solutions.
Superannuation, health and child care are among the issues that are likely to matter most to voters in the bellwether NSW seats of Eden-Monaro, Robertson and Lindsay.
Imposing significant restrictions on the liberty of a person found not guilty subverts the ordinary criminal justice process.
The NSW government agenda would deny the 'right to the city', that network of diverse communities, practices and places which give rise to the convivial and inclusive potential of cities.
It isn’t just the 'bad guys' who are exposed to restrictive powers and tougher penalties. Anyone whose behaviour is regarded as a public safety risk is potentially in the frame.
If forced amalgamations proceed, we may well see hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer and ratepayer funds squandered simply because policymakers preferred dogma to empirical evidence.
What does the latest donations scandal enveloping the NSW Liberal Party say about the trajectory of political finance regulation and enforcement?
Without the public mobilising over inequalities that are so ingrained in its psyche, Sydney is unlikely to see its nightlife reflect true social inclusion and diversity.
Cyclists have voiced their opposition to some aspects of the Go Together package to ensure their safety on NSW roads.
Wherever governments have merged local councils, they have faced a political backlash. New South Wales is no exception and, nearly four years into the process, many challenges lie ahead.
Tax reform will be a hard sell, even for a prime minister of Malcolm Turnbull’s standing and imagination.