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Last Updated: 8 August 2015



Governance in New South Wales

Governance Perspectives in Other States

National Cultural Setting


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Governance In New South Wales


Governance in New South Wales

Neil McMahon, “Q&A Recap: Mike Baird Takes Charge in Uniquely Humanitarian Episode.” The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 September 2015.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/qa-recap-mike-baird-takes-charge-in-a-uniquely-humanitarian-episode-20150908-gjh9lg.html.  The article is indicative of the growing awareness that NSW politics is becoming more interesting than national politics. 

Sean Nicholls, “Mike Baird Met with Korean Company behind Controversial Wallarah-2 Mine,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 September 2015.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/mike-baird-met-with-korean-company-behind-controversial-wallarah-2-mine-20150907-gjgp7h.html.  “Newly released documents show Mr Baird held a meeting with Dr Jung-Sik Koh, the president of Korean government-owned miner Kores, in Seoul on May 21 as part of a trade and investment mission.”

Sean Nicholls, Matt Wade, “Public Sector in Dock After Review Reveals Systemic Problems,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 February 2012.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/public-sector-in-dock-after-review-reveals-systemic-problems-20120222-1to6a.html.  See also Matt Wade, “Mediocre Performance Becomes Major Drain on NSW Economy,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 February 2012.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/mediocre-performance-becomes-major-drain-on-nsw-economy-20120222-1to68.html. 

The Hon Barry O’Farrell MP Premier of NSW, Media Release, “NSW Government Names New PIC Inspector,” 18 January 2012.  Available at: http://www.premier.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/120118%20-%20PIC.pdf.  See also Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker, “OPI Staff Misconduct Claims,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 February 2012.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/opi-staff-misconduct-claims-20120208-1rf2e.html.

NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, “Baseline Report 2012,” NSW Government, December 2011.  Available at: http://www.2021.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/pdf/120208_NSW_2021_Baseline.pdf.  See also commentary by Michael C H Jones at: http://www.accci.com.au/JonesCommentonBaselineReport.pdf.

Chris Vedelago, “Secret Government Business,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 December 2011.  Available at: http://smh.domain.com.au/home-investor-centre/blogs/domain-investor-centre-blog/secret-government-business-20111230-1pf7c.html.

Mick Gallacher, “NSW Government Releases Recommendations of the Police Audit,” Liberal Party of Australia, New South Wales, 12 December 2011.  Available at: http://www.nsw.liberal.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=2492:nsw-government-releases-recommendations-of-the-police-audit&tmpl=component&print=1.

The Hon Barry O’Farrell MP Premier of NSW, Media Release, “Premier Secures New Tourism Deal with China”, 22 July 2011.  Available at: http://www.premier.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/110722-China_tourism.pdf.

Christopher Pearson, “Keating Tells It Like It Is for NSW Labor,” The Australian, 2 April. 2011.  Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/commentary/keating-tells-it-like-it-is-for-nsw-labor/story-e6frgd0x-1226032229775.

Bob Carr, “Party Rout a Work of Genius,” The Australian, 28 March 2011.  Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/party-rout-a-work-of-genius/story-fn59niix-1226029026230.

Mike Steketee, “Ex-Mnister Peter Anderson Bullied Staff, Hired Mates, Ran ‘Fiefdom’: ICAC,’ The Australian, 9 March 2011.  Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/ex-minister-peter-anderson-bullied-staff-hired-mates-ran-fiefdom-icac/story-e6frgcjx-1226018048276.

Time Colebatch, “NSW Fares Worst as Sate Budgets Blow-Out,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 March 2013.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/business/nsw-fares-worst-as-state-budgets-blowout-20130305-2fiya.html. 

Sean Nicholls and Paddy Manning, “Fracking Fails the Poll Test,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 April 2013.  Available at: thttp://www.smh.com.au/nsw/fracking-fails-the-poll-test-20130402-2h55t.html.  The authors state that “three-quarters of NSW voters oppose coal seam gas exploration on agricultural land, the latest polling reveals, as the government draws more fire over its handling of the resource.”

Anna Patty, “Labor’s Helping Hand Led to $1b Yield,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 May 2013.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/labors-helping-hand-led-to-1b-yield-20130512-2jg8k.html.  The article reports that “former resources minister Ian Macdonald introduced legislation which overruled the highest court in NSW and resulted in a $1 billion windfall to two mining executives who have been under the scrutiny of the Independent Commission against Corruption.”

John Robertson, “Robertson Sets ‘New Standard’ for NSW ALP,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 June 2013.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/robertson-sets-new-standard-for-nsw-alp-20130606-2nsi9.html.  Robertson quotes the standards that will be applied by NSW ALP and calls on the Premier to set the same standards for his party.

Matt Wade, “NSW To Take Lead as Mining Boom Falters,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 August 2013.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/nsw-to-take-lead-as-mining-boom-falters-20130807-2rgs0.html.  The article is based upon the analysis and prediction of the ANZ Chief Economist.

Clover Moore, “Sydney Must Not Be come Enclave for the Rich,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 March 2014.  Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/20/sydney-must-not-become-enclave-for-the-rich.  Clover Moore considers the following:  “Selling the social housing in Millers Point is tantamount to social cleansing.  Do we really want a city that can’t make space for people on low incomes?”

Betty and Bob Walker, “NSW Electricity Privatisation Is a Question of Why, Not How,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 June 2014.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/nsw-electricity-privatision-is-a-question-of-why-not-how-20140619-zsdd5.html.  The authors consider the question:  Why would any rational financial manager seek to sell a profitable natural monopoly and use the funds to invest in loss-making railway systems – when retention could help fund that much-needed investment?

Australian Associated Press, “Mike Gallacher Was Aware of Illegal Newcastle Campaign Funding, ICAC Told,” The Guardian, 6 August 2014.  Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/06/mike-gallacher-was-aware-of-illegal-newcastle-campaign-funding-icac-told.

Nicole Hasham, “Changes to Force Businesses to Vote in Council Elections to Be Rolled Out Across State,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 August 2014.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/changes-to-force-businesses-to-vote-in-council-elections-to-be-rolled-out-across-state-20140812-1038gv.html.  See opinion by Clover Moore at: “Business Not in a Brown Paper Bag, Please,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 August 2014.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/business-not-in-a-brown-paper-bag-please-20140812-1036mx.html.  See also: Editorial, The Anti-Clover Cabal: Baird Must Back Off or Pay Price,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 August 2014.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/the-anticlover-cabal-baird-must-back-off-or-pay-price-20140815-104dxe.html.

Sean Nicholls, “Latest Disclosures Show Why Mike Baird Needs to Take the Lead on Federal Donations Reform,” 7 February 2015.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/latest-disclosures-show-why-mike-baird-needs-to-take-the-lead-on-federal-donations-reform-20150206-136grl.html.

Sean Nicholls, “Mike Baird Walks High Wire as Voters Not Sold on Power Sale,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 February 2015.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/mike-baird-walks-high-wire-as-voters-not-sold-on-power-sale-20150213-13bh4y.html.

Glenn Druery, “NSW Election: Likely Coalition Win Won't Stop Baird and Foley Making Gains,” Sydney Morning Herald, 26 March 2015.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/nsw-election-likely-coalition-win-wont-stop-baird-and-foley-making-gains-20150326-1m8e9e.html.

Editorial, “Gladys Berejiklian’s Budget Forecast:  Sunny with Dark Clouds Gathering,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 June 2015.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/gladys-berejiklians-budget-forecast-sunny-with-dark-clouds-gathering-20150623-ghva6d.html.



Governance Perspectives in Other States


Governance Perspectives in Other States

John Hyde and Andrew Pickford, Project Western Australia: A Growth and Productivity Agenda for the Next Government, Mannkal Economic Education Foundation and the Institute of public Affairs, 2012.  Available at: http://www.ipa.org.au/library/publication/1344903539_document_projectwa.pdf.  The authors note that after many years of discussion about Western Australia’s “potential”, there is now a sense that the state has an opportunity “to step forward and seize out comparative advantage”.  The publishers of the book enlisted “many informed commentators and brought together this document with the hope that these issues and alternatives will be seriously considered and even implemented.”  They are certainly worth considering.

AAP, “Tony Abbott Refuses to Budge on Funding for Queensland Public Transport,” The Guardian, 24 May 2015.  Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/may/24/tony-abbott-refuses-to-budge-on-funding-for-queensland-public-transport. “Queensland can only access federal funding for public transport projects if it privatises or sells state assets.”



National Cultural Setting


National Cultural Setting

Call for papers from the Chinese Community Council of Australia Inc for a conference to be convened on 8-9 April 2011.  Details are available at: http://www.accci.com.au/CCCANationalConference.pdf.  See also comment by Michael CH Jones at http://www.accci.com.au/JonesCommentonCCCA.pdf.

Elizabeth Farrelly, “One Moore Job to Seal the Legacy,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 November 2011.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/one-moore-job-to-seal-the-legacy-20111102-1mvji.html.

Matthew Moore, “Aboriginal Advisory Panel Wants Term ‘Invasion’ Included in Constitution,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 June 2011.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/aboriginal-advisory-panel-wants-term-invasion-included-in-constitution-20110628-1gp7s.html.

Daphne Lowe Kelly, “Chinese Australians Owed Apology for Discrimination Against Forebears,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 June 2011.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/chinese-australians-owed-apology-for-discrimination-against-forebears-20110629-1gr05.html.

No author cited, “Old Hatreds In a New Medium,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 July 2011.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/old-hatreds-in-a-new-medium-20110701-1gval.html.  Comment by Michael C H Jones is available at: http://www.accci.com.au/JonesCommentonHatred.pdf.

Amy Corderoy, “Police Given Broad Powers to Remove Facial Coverings,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 July 2011.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/police-given-broad-powers-to-remove-facial-coverings-20110704-1gzer.html. 

Peter Carey, “Robert Hughes Was Australia’s Dante,” The Guardian, 7 August 2012.  Available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/aug/07/robert-hughes-by-peter-carey.

Wendy Frew, “The New Head of the House”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 August 2012.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/the-new-head-of-the-house-20120810-23zn8.html/.

Jennifer Robinson, “The Hero Too Many of Us Still Don’t Know,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 August 2012.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/the-hero-too-many-of-us-still-dont-know-20120813-244vg.html.  See also AAP, “Normal Mortally Wounded by Protest: US Runner,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 August 2012.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/sport/norman-mortally-wounded--by-protest-us-runner-20120821-24ji6.html.

Peter Jensen, “Men and Women Are Different, and So Should Be Their Marriage Vows,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 August, 2012.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/men-and-women-are-different-and-so-should-be-their-marriage-vows-20120828-24yo6.html