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Thu, 2014-04-17 10:42
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Barry O'Farrell's fall sweeps the nation

"The NSW government is in crisis after Premier Barry O'Farrell announced his resignation following revelations he misled a corruption inquiry. In Victoria, it has prompted a quickfire reform of the powers of the state's anti-corruption body; in Canberra it has put the heat on Prime Minister Tony Abbott, especially over his support of Senator Arthur Sinodinos, who has been embroiled in the same corruption hearing."

Also: If O'Farrell has to go, what about PM's man? (Mark Kenny, Sydney Morning Herald)

And: Proposed changes to Queensland corruption watchdog could be dangerous (Rae Wilson, Queensland Times)

Background: History repeats: How O'Farrell and Greiner fell foul of ICAC (Olivia Monaghan, The Conversation)


Mike Baird set to be next NSW Premier

"Treasurer Mike Baird is set to become NSW Premier this afternoon after he and Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian confirmed they had reached an agreement whereby she would seek to become deputy Liberal leader."

Red wine destroys Tony Abbott's red-letter day

"It was supposed to be his big day. For Prime Minister Tony Abbott, it doesn’t get much closer to Christmas than this: an infrastructure announcement joyfully rounded off with a royal visit. A regally red-letter day. But then it got torpedoed by a bottle of Grange and a forgetful Premier."

Also: Tony Abbott attacks journalist over NSW 'corruption' question - video (The Guardian)

Joe Bullock proves Labor Party's need for reform: Lousie Pratt

"Outgoing West Australian senator Louise Pratt launched a blistering attack on her Labor running mate Joe Bullock on Wednesday, labelling him a ‘deeply homophobic’ person who is disloyal to his own party."

What we talk about when we talk about housing

"Let's move the arguments about cities away from the technocratic, away from thinking about tax systems, supply incentives, planning restrictions, NIMBYs and developers. Let's start with what ought to be common ground: universal housing, on one hand, and universal financial security."