Gladys Berejiklian

New NSW Cabinet to be sworn in Monday, as Premier picks her priorities

Seven new faces (four Liberal, three Nationals) joined the NSW Cabinet after Sunday's reshuffle. The new cabinet will be sworn in at Government House Monday afternoon (January 30). For the first time, there will be a dedicated minister for Counter Terrorism as well as a dedicated minister for WestConnex, billed as Australia's largest infrastructure project. In a statement, the Premier highlighted her priority -- not to be confused with the official 12 Premier's Priorities -- to ensure each community across the state receives the services and infrastructure it needs: "We will deliver local infrastructure and services on the ground, to every corner of the state, maintain a strong economy and ensure we tackle major challenges such as housing affordability." Read More

NSW budget: a booming state spends its war chest

Rather than build a larger surplus to prepare for any economic downturn, the 2015-16 NSW budget boasts five areas of record spending, with infrastructure spending estimated to average $10.3 billion over the next four years. Read More