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NSW nurses at ‘breaking point’ amid surging flu, Omicron

NSW nurses at ‘breaking point’ amid surging flu, Omicron

More than 2700 NSW health workers are currently in COVID isolation, as chronic understaffing leaves hospital emergency departments buckling under surging rates of flu and Omicron.

  • by Lucy Cormack and Lisa Visentin

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NSW Labor promises to improve call answer rate of sexual violence helpline
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NSW Labor promises to improve call answer rate of sexual violence helpline

NSW Labor has vowed to address the one-in-three unanswered calls to the statewide sexual violence helpline if it wins the next election.

  • by Lucy Cormack
Cashless pokies: Long-promised trial to start as money laundering risks increase

Cashless pokies: Long-promised trial to start as money laundering risks increase

The opt-in wallet will be linked to a player’s identity and an Australian bank account, and will include harm minimisation protections such as spending limits and real-time spending data.

  • by Lucy Cormack
How ‘unprecedented turmoil and instability’ led to crisis at Shore

How ‘unprecedented turmoil and instability’ led to crisis at Shore

John Collier has been appointed interim headmaster at Shore School while a new principal is found after deep divisions led to the departure of Timothy Petterson.

  • by Jordan Baker
NSW government to stump up COVID test kits as federal scheme ends

NSW government to stump up COVID test kits as federal scheme ends

The NSW government will provide rapid antigen test kits to vulnerable groups when the federal program finishes at the end of the month.

  • by Lucy Cormack
Inquiry into Barilaro trade role sends transcript to ICAC

Inquiry into Barilaro trade role sends transcript to ICAC

The upper house has referred a transcript of its parliamentary inquiry into the Barilaro appointment to the corruption watchdog.

  • by Alexandra Smith and Lucy Cormack
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Barilaro unlikely to be the only loser as New York job saga rolls on

Barilaro unlikely to be the only loser as New York job saga rolls on

The second day’s hearing into the decision to appoint John Barilaro to a lucrative New York trade job raised more questions than were answered.

  • by Alexandra Smith
‘Offensive:’ Trade minister insists he never called US role a ‘present’

‘Offensive:’ Trade minister insists he never called US role a ‘present’

Trade Minister Stuart Ayres has fiercely denied he played any role in the recruitment of John Barilaro for US trade commissioner as the fallout over the now-defunct role escalates.

  • by Lucy Cormack
Public servant was told US trade job ‘a present for someone’, Barilaro inquiry hears

Public servant was told US trade job ‘a present for someone’, Barilaro inquiry hears

The same day Jenny West’s plum US job offer was retracted as it was going to become a political appointment, she also learnt she was being made redundant.

  • by Lucy Cormack
John Barilaro appointed to US trade role over shortlisted applicant Kimberley Cole, documents show

John Barilaro appointed to US trade role over shortlisted applicant Kimberley Cole, documents show

An award-winning female global executive was shortlisted for the role of US trade commissioner in March, before former deputy premier John Barilaro was controversially appointed to the position.

  • by Lucy Cormack
Perrottet risks a train wreck in battle with union

Perrottet risks a train wreck in battle with union

Former premier Gladys Berejiklian had a strong working relationship with unions. Dominic Perrottet has allowed ideology to trump pragmatism.

  • by Alexandra Smith