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aha what a bunch of clowns, these guys actually run nsw is pathetic,



NSW Premier Nathan Rees faces new challenges in dragging his state out of the doldrums, following the collapse of Labor's hold on parliament's upper house.

The Labor government was forced into an unprecedented shutdown of the upper house early yesterday after it became apparent it could no longer rely on the two-member Shooters Party to secure legislation.

The move prompted Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell to declare Mr Rees the "Robert Mugabe of NSW".

The breakdown in the relationship between Labor and the Shooters Party forced the withdrawal of a bill to sell the state-owned lotteries company, which was expected to boost NSW coffers by up to $500 million.

The loss of the majority Labor had stitched together with the Shooters Party was symbolised by the takeover of the upper house earlier in the day by Coalition and Greens MPs, who moved a series of motions and amendments hostile to the government.

By 1am yesterday, the government had had enough and ended proceedings through the unusual mechanism of a ministerial walkout. The Legislative Council cannot sit without a minister present. In the absence of an adjournment, the council will remain suspended until parliament resumes in September.

The glitch in Labor's relationship with the Shooters Party follows a breakdown in negotiations over a bill that would allow regulated hunting in national parks to eliminate feral animals or cull animals such as deer.

Unlike in Victoria and South Australia, hunting on public land in NSW is limited to state forests.

The response by the Shooters to having their proposal rejected was to abandon their policy of supporting the right of the government to pass its legislation.

Shooters Party MP Robert Brown said last night he and colleague Roy Smith would seek negotiations over the winter. "We hadn't finished our discussions with them, and they're the ones who have now called a halt to negotiations, not us," he said.

Mr O'Farrell told parliament the opposition would not "stand by and allow those opposite to shred the Constitution and lock the parliament down".

"Yesterday we saw in the upper house the light of democracy shining and we saw those opposite scuttle out of the chamber like cockroaches," he said.

Ratings agencies confirmed NSW's AAA credit rating following last week's state budget, but flagged the importance of continuing asset sales.

Standard & Poor's analyst Anna Hughes told The Australian last night the temporary withdrawal of the lotteries bill would not by itself threaten the rating.

"The fact it's got through the lower house means there hasn't been a change in government policy," Ms Hughes said.
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ha ewww,
 

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And we are stuck with the brats until 2011.

NSW Lotteries should not be sold until the economy improves and they can get a better return on it. But why sell it when it's a guaranteed revenue maker.
 

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well all you gotta do is stand in the tweed valley becouse so many people smoke up here that all the smoke gathers inbetween the mountians an the valley is like one huge magical dutchie valley,
thats why its called the tWEED valley, an nimbin is just down the road, ha
 
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