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Category: Opinion

OPINION: Why Labor must not abandon the miners

Making too many assumptions about what the Upper Hunter by-election might mean for the future of the Labor Party is not without its dangers. But, not as dangerous as drawing no lessons at...

I Choose to Challenge women this International Women’s Day

OPINION Each year on International Women’s Day, I join people around the world to pause to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and the progress that has been made...

How this mum’s coping with her firstborn starting big school

My firstborn is starting secondary school today. It’s been on the calendar for weeks and it’s an occasion we’ve had more than a dozen years to prepare for, but, sigh, here we are. And...

OPINION: Change the attitude, not the date, says Newcastle Elder

Awabakal/Gaewegal Elder Aunt Tracey Hanshaw believes the date of Australia Day is not the problem; it's what Australians celebrate. The 55-year-old University of Newcastle law student says the approach to how...

Bright 2021 ahead for Newcastle community: Nelmes

There’s no doubt 2020 was a challenging time for Novocastrians, with unprecedented social and economic impacts that continue to be felt with the coming of the new year.  But, while the seriousness of COVID-19 remains high on our radars, City of Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali...

Community is key in 2021: Claydon

Novocastrians’ strength during an extremely tough year has been lauded by Newcastle MP Sharon Claydon. And, even though we’re not totally out of the woods when it comes to all things coronavirus, the...

Fitzgibbon gazes into 2021 crystal ball

They say a week is a long time in politics. Then, how about a COVID-19 impacted year? For Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon, 2020 might actually be a watershed moment for the popular local member. He...

Hunter mining ‘stronger’ after the challenges of 2020

NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee has praised the spirit of the Hunter’s mining sector, especially in the midst of a world-wide pandemic. And, with the Independent Planning Commission recently approving the Maxwell...

Diggers in Afghanistan: Where did it go wrong?

OPINION: Joel Fitzgibbon. As we flew into Afghanistan’s Oruzgan Province, the pilot had the C-130 hugging the mountain range to avoid surface-to-air missiles. Another in the cockpit had his trigger-finger on a red button,...

Opinion: the US election and why you should care

The question on everyone’s lips today is who will be the next President of the United States (POTUS)? Democrat Joe Biden or Republican Donald Trump? As an Australian, you might be thinking that it...

Opinion: Murdoch Royal Commission

This is an updated version of the editor's column, which was published in the Newcastle Weekly on Thursday 15 October. Find the edition here. I’ve lost track of the amount of times I...

Letter to the Editor: Support locals doing it tough

This year has been one of the toughest in our lifetime. From unprecedented bushfires, massive job losses and a global pandemic, people are wondering when the tide will turn. To make matters worse,...

From the editor: chaotic week on roads

A driver miraculously survived, while a mother and her young child suffered minor injuries, when a car drove off a cliff at Bar Beach.

From the editor: The Happiest Man on Earth

I have spent the past week reading The Happiest Man on Earth, written by 100-year-old Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku. In the book, Eddie recalls his experiences as a prisoner at Auschwitz concentration camp...

From the editor: high-profile visitors to region

We have had some high-profile visitors to the region this month. Firstly, it was Thor, aka Aussie celebrity Chris Hemsworth, who was spotted in the Upper Hunter at both Scone and Gundy. For...

From the editor: there’s just one problem with spring

This spring weather is right up my alley – it’s now warm enough to just wear a t-shirt and shorts and sit outside without getting roasted by the sun or carried away...

From the editor: check in on your friends, family

I’ve written countless articles on mental health during my time in the media. I previously covered the start of Where There’s A Will foundation in Scone, which is doing some fantastic initiatives in...

From the editor: celebrating Father’s Day

I think it’s fair to say I’ve not always had a super close relationship with my father. We have different personalities and approach certain things from a different angle, which led to quite...

From the editor: band’s 75th anniversary

The 75th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day was acknowledged at the weekend. It commemorates Japan’s acceptance of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender on 14 August 1945. For Australians, that meant...

From the editor: witch hunt a timely reminder

As you may have guessed from last week’s column, I’ve been parked in front of the television quite a lot lately during my down-time. This is mostly due to a current lack of...

From the editor: good news for four-legged friend

While I was watching an episode of ‘You vs. Wild’ – a reality television show featuring Bear Grylls, a former British SAS serviceman and adventurer– my housemate, apparently an expert in survival,...
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