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Category: Opinion

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,...

From the editor: face masks prove divisive

Face masks have been a divisive topic over the past few weeks. Some attention-seekers in Melbourne are hitting the headlines as they argue with police and businesses over their right not to wear...

From the editor: bracing for rough few weeks

Who said sport or exercise was good for you? After just two games of a shortened soccer season, I went to see the physio and left in a knee brace, which will...

From the editor: the flaw in Murphy’s Law

Most people have heard of Murphy’s Law and the adage “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”. However, according to renowned Australian scientist Dr Karl, this has been confused with the pessimistic...

From the editor: welcome return to sport

The weekend just gone saw a much-needed return to winter sport for many competitions around the region. I, for one, was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t tear a hamstring and was still able...
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