06 January, 2016

The Wizards of Bridge Street: Inside the magical NSW mining approvals factory

NSW public service whistleblower David C. Paull explains how the State's mystifying mining approval sausage machine works.
23-33 Bridge Street looks like just another departmental building in the central business district of Sydney. Once inside and past the security guard, it is even less impressive, with dilapidated corridors of peeling paint, crammed public servants working in "open style" offices and grimy windows letting in inadequately dim, yellowish light.
But don’t let this dismal exterior fool you. Inside these walls, miracles can happen — and often do, particularly if you are a mining mogul. These are the walls of the NSW Planning Department.

Click Here to read the full story by David Paull, a long article but well worth the read.

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