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.” ┬áThe dispute is one of a number of recent controversial Crown Land deals challenged by NSW community groups. 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

Paddo Bowls Inquiry 2008 – First media report 2014

In Part One of this series, I gave readers an overview of my investigation into how the NSW government handed over Crown land to developer CSKS Holdings and updated readers on questions asked by Sydney MP Alex Greenwich and Greens … Continue reading

Fairfax smoozing Packer puts independent journalism under pressure

Fairfax’s SMH journalists have been amongst the few to probe the NSW O’Farrell’s government backing of James Packer’s plan for a new hotel casino in Sydney. Reporter Sean Nicholls broke a story about how the government had changed the rules … Continue reading

Economists question Packer’s promised bonanza for NSW

This week, New Matilda continued our series on Packer’s proposal for a hotel with casino at Barangaroo South on the edge of Sydney Harbour. Lawrence Bull asked two economists what they thought of James Packer’s claim that his casino would … Continue reading