Why won’t NSW government come clean on the Talus Trust?

A Sydney lawyer has accused the NSW LNP government of misleading the NSW parliament about its knowledge of a legal opinion from a renowned trust lawyer and ex-Federal court judge which states that a private company’s use of a large public reserve is “unlawful … and should be brought to an end.”  The dispute is one of a number of recent controversial Crown Land deals challenged by NSW community groups. Continue reading

Woollahra Council to deal with controversial development decision tonight

Property developer Christian Sanchez went on the attack last Wednesday morning by barricading part of a small street in Paddington with a notice _ Keep off Private Property. It was a sign that pressure is building as Woollahra Council prepares … Continue reading

What did Sinodinos, Packer and O’Farrell chat about at Rockpools? Greens’ Kaye hits a nerve

SINCE I POSTED THIS STORY TODAY, NSW PREMIER BARRY O’FARRELL HAS RESIGNED AFTER ICAC RECEIVED A  NOTE HANDWRITTEN BY HIM THANKING NIC DI GIROLAMO FOR A $3000 BOTTLE OF WINE THAT HE DENIED RECEIVING YESTERDAY. QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CASINO DEAL ARE MORE … Continue reading

Top bureaucrat to review Crown land decision – and some very surprising answers

Part 4 This is the fourth part of my Paddington Bowling Club series. Soon I’ll complete my investigation into the Club (PBC) and the controversial land deal but in the meantime, there has been some good news. As I reported … Continue reading

How did valuable public land end up in developer’s hands? Minister Stoner reviews the deal

This is Part three in my series about the Paddington Bowling Club. Part one provided an overview of the story about how a valuable publicly owned club site ended up in the hands of Christian Sanchez’s CSKS Holdings. Part two focused on an … Continue reading

Packer and Sinodinos – an intriguing Rockpool lunch

There’s a small issue that has been niggling at me all week. It’s about Sinodinos and Packer. It was December 2011 and the scene was Sydney’s high class Rockpool restaurant. Senator Arthur Sinodinos and casino tycoon James Packer were having … Continue reading