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Ashleigh Raper

Ashleigh Raper is the NSW State Political Reporter. Since joining the ABC in 2008, she has reported from the Orange, Newcastle, Darwin and Sydney newsrooms. She's held varying roles including Triple J newsreader and TV newsreader in the NT.

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Secret documents contradict claims by NSW Premier over US trade job

By state political reporter Ashleigh Raper
The US trade job saga continues as documents released to the NSW parliament cast doubt over previous statements given by Premier Dominic Perrottet and Trade Minister Stuart Ayres.
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'Quite a shock': NSW Deputy Opposition Leader diagnosed with kidney cancer

The member for Londonderry in north-western Sydney takes leave after a sudden cancer diagnosis but says she will return to parliament after her treatment.
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'Nothing really surprised me with John': Second Barilaro staffer gives evidence at inquiry into New York job

By state political reporter Ashleigh Raper
A former staff member of John Barilaro tells an inquiry into the former NSW deputy premier's appointment as a trade commissioner to the US that he has never worked with someone so "keen and ambitious".
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Barilaro denies staffer's 'fictitious' claim he targeted plum US job before quitting politics

By state political reporter Ashleigh Raper
Former deputy premier John Barilaro allegedly told his ex-chief of staff he would get the NSW government to put a new trade position in New York for when he "gets out of this place", an inquiry hears.
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Barilaro's plum US job was not 'fully offered' to bureaucrat first, senior lawyer tells inquiry

By state political reporter Ashleigh Raper 
A parliamentary inquiry is told it is "not correct" candidate Jenny West was fully offered the NSW trade commissioner role before former deputy premier John Barilaro was appointed.
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Candidate told plum US trade job would be a 'present for someone' before Barilaro hired, inquiry hears

By state political reporter Ashleigh Raper
The executive who missed out on NSW's plum New York trade role tells a parliamentary inquiry it was made clear the job 'would be a present for someone', before former NSW deputy premier John Barilaro was hired. 
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NSW Premier says he discussed US trade role with Barilaro at a social function

By state political reporter Ashleigh Raper and Kathleen Calderwood
Dominic Perrottet reveals that the former deputy premier John Barilaro told him informally that he wanted the plum US posting, an appointment which has since sparked a parliamentary inquiry.
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'There is a better way': NSW Labor Leader makes election promises in budget reply speech

By state political reporter Ashleigh Raper
NSW Labor Leader Chris Minns uses his budget reply speech to accuse the state government of being all "spin", and pitching several policies ahead of the March election.
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NSW Premier goes ahead with stamp duty reform as first home buyers allowed to opt out

By state political reporter Ashleigh Raper
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet says the stamp duty reform to be announced in today's state budget will "lower the barriers" to owning a home for first-time buyers.
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analysis: Five words set NSW on the path to spend billions on women's inequality, but is the government too late?

By state political reporter Ashleigh Raper
A speech by businesswoman Sam Mostyn created a chain of events few could have predicted after the Coalition's 11 years in power. Their women's package in Tuesday's budget shows they're listening now, but are female voters?
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People in regional NSW travelling for medical treatment to get financial boost

By state political reporter Ashleigh Raper
The state government will allocate an extra $149 million in Tuesday's budget for people in regional areas who need to travel for medical treatment.
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NSW and Victoria plan to introduce an extra free year of schooling

By state political reporter Ashleigh Raper
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet and his Victorian counterpart Daniel Andrews want to introduce a pre-kindergarten year for four- and five-year-olds within a decade.
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'Landmark investment': NSW government reveals $5 billion childcare plan

By state political reporter Ashleigh Raper
The NSW Premier says families could save thousands of dollars per child under a plan to expand existing child care centre and build new ones.
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Drug possession could be punished with a fine in NSW, under Attorney-General's plan

By state political reporter Ashleigh Raper
Attorney-General Mark Speakman proposes a $400 fine for people caught with drugs for personal use as state government responds to "ice" inquiry.
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analysis: Win or lose tomorrow, the Liberals have a problem in NSW

By state political reporter Ashleigh Raper
The federal election campaign has exposed the fault lines between the rival factions in the NSW Liberal Party and it's a vulnerability it can ill afford heading into next year's state election.
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NSW's voluntary assisted dying laws pass after marathon debate

By state political reporter Ashleigh Raper, Phoebe Bowden and Heath Parkes-Hupton
Voluntary assisted dying is now legal in NSW after the bill introduced by Independent MP Alex Greenwich passes both houses.
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NSW's voluntary assisted dying laws delayed, MPs fail to vote after marathon sitting

By state political reporter Ashleigh Raper
NSW's voluntary assisted dying legislation has been delayed after upper house MPs failed to vote on it following a marathon sitting that lasted until midnight.
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Liberal MP Dave Sharma is no stranger to facing strong independents, but this time it's different

By state political reporter Ashleigh Raper
The marginal Liberal seat of Wentworth in Sydney's east is once again under threat from an independent. And the challenge from Allegra Spender is forcing incumbent Dave Sharma to prove his moderate credentials.
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NSW teachers' strike to go ahead tomorrow despite last-ditch bid to placate union over pay rises

By state political reporter Ashleigh Raper
Teachers across NSW remain committed to walking off the job tomorrow after the state government delays negotiations on wages until after June's state budget.
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NSW MP Gareth Ward suspended from parliament over indecent and sexual assault charges

By state political reporter Ashleigh Raper 
NSW MP Gareth Ward is suspended from parliament because he is facing five charges of indecent and sexual assault against a 17-year-old boy and a 27-year-old man. 
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Liberal MP breaks ranks by addressing anti-vax protesters outside NSW Parliament

By state political reporter Ashleigh Raper 
Tanya Davies criticises the Prime Minister and Premier over COVID vaccine mandates at a protest in front of NSW Parliament.
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analysis: A local volunteer stole Scott Morrison's limelight in Lismore, and it says a lot about the floods

By state political reporter Ashleigh Raper
Scott Morrison was late to his first public appearance in Lismore. Very late. Rich Latimer introduced himself to the media and said the community had a message, Ashleigh Raper writes.
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Government was preparing for rail shutdown last week, documents reveal

Exclusive, by state political reporter Ashleigh Raper
Senior NSW government bureaucrats were discussing the potential of a two-week shutdown of NSW's passenger train network as early as last week, documents obtained by the ABC reveal.
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analysis: NSW's train shutdown was a huge gamble — this is why it might backfire on the state government

By state political reporter Ashleigh Raper
Teachers, nurses, and now, train drivers — the NSW government appears increasingly at odds with its essential workforce, but this time it may have picked a fight it is not ready for, writes state political reporter Ashleigh Raper.
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Central station's boards show no trains running due to Sydney rail shutdown
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analysis: The NSW Premier is putting on a brave face — he might need it later today

By state political reporter Ashleigh Raper 
Dominic Perrottet has been trying to brush off his first electoral test this week for good reason — the results could be grim, writes state political reporter Ashleigh Raper.
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