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Federal Parliament launches group to tackle social media concerns

Newcastle Federal MP Sharon Claydon has launched a new group in Parliament aimed at tackling the influence of ‘Big Tech'. With former US President Donald Trump being banned from Twitter and Facebook temporarily...

‘Next to nothing’ given back to locals: Harrison

Charlestown MP Jodie Harrison has the NSW Government in her sights after a glaring anomaly highlighted the imbalance between Sydney and regional areas. Figures recently revealed tens of millions of dollars in stamp...

Labor MPs label new hiring scheme ‘JobTaker’

Shortland MP Pat Conroy has joined the chorus of voices criticising the Australian Government’s much-hyped hiring credit scheme JobMaker. In fact, he along with Labor Party Deputy Leader Richard Marles, Shadow Treasurer Jim...

GALLERY: Don’t tear it down: Crakanthorp, residents

A NSW Government plan to tear down a Hamilton South playground has earned the ire of Newcastle state MP Tim Crakanthorp and neighbouring residents. And, the local member is rallying with concerned locals...

Mayor invites new Parliamentary Secretary to Singleton

Singleton mayor Sue Moore is keen to touch base with the newly-appointed Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter as soon as possible.

HBC, HIA praise reappointment of Hunter Parliamentary Secretary

A number of organisations have praised the appointment of Taylor Martin as the Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter and Cost of Living. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian named the Liberal Upper House MP on...

Maitland councillor Griffin calls for Thornton bypass

Traffic congestion continues to be one of the Hunter Valley’s biggest problems. And, residents – as well as elected officials – want action sooner rather than later. Earlier this month, Wallsend state MP Sonia...

Offshore drilling licence renewal unwelcome: Claydon

Newcastle MP Sharon Claydon is taking a stand against drilling off Newcastle’s iconic coastline. The Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 (PEP 11) is the east coast’s only oil and gas offshore licence and, with...

Wallsend MP Sonia Hornery saves school bus service

Wallsend MP Sonia Hornery is savouring a well-earned victory today. Less than 24 hours after informing local media outlets, including the Newcastle Weekly, that a bus service between Cardiff and Hunter Sports High...

Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill gains strong local support

Organisers behind the Newcastle Dying with Dignity campaign at the weekend were thrilled with the level of support throughout the region. The local blitz, organised by Hunter community champions, came to fruition as...

Conroy adds ‘government accountability’ to his role

Shortland MP Pat Conroy is determined to hold Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his colleagues to account after being selected for a new role within the Labor party. The Hunter-based federal member, who’s...

Maitland groups encouraged to apply for Seniors Festival grants

Maitland MP Jenny Aitchison is encouraging eligible local organisations who plan to host a 2021 NSW Seniors Week Festival event to apply for a seed funding grant from the NSW Government. Financial support’s...

Fitzgibbon labels Nats’ plan a ‘political hoax’

The Nationals’ nine-point manufacturing plan, which the party claims will create up to 800,000 jobs within 15 years, has been labelled a “political hoax” by Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon. Ironically, the 20-page proposal,...

JobSeeker cuts ‘not just’, says Brotherhood

A social justice organisation has issued a chilling warning to Hunter residents as federal government payments, established to assist struggling families during COVID-19, wind down. At the end of March, Australians could be...

Aged care waitlist ‘cruel and senseless’: Claydon

A Newcastle MP has criticised the federal government’s handling of aged care after the total number of people on the waitlist for places was released to the Senate. The data revealed 2,673 Australians...

GALLERY: Upper Hunter facilities secure $1.3m in funding

The Upper Hunter will benefit to the tune of more than $1.3 million in funding for a range of local improvement projects for Crown land reserves and community facilities in the region. The...

Fitzgibbon claims government’s child care system crippling Hunter families

Federal MP Joel Fitzgibbon claims recent data reveals Hunter families have been hit with a hefty increase on their child care fees under the Morrison government. According to the Department of Education, over...

Maitland councillors object to Mattress Muster site

Two Maitland City councillors are questioning the logic behind the location of council’s upcoming Mattress Muster. Sally Halliday and Mitchell Griffin recently made calls for the Saturday 20 February free “drop-off” to be...

Social media giants in Claydon’s sights

A Newcastle MP has heaped criticism upon Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack following his remarks about Donald Trump's social media conduct and is leading the way in parliament's struggle against the big...

It was silly and should never happen: Fitzgibbon

Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon has been praised for taking another stand against his own party – this time in regards to its social media antics. The Cessnock-based member, who resigned from the federal...

Will Eraring Power Station be home to Australia’s largest battery?

Lake Macquarie could soon be home to the nation’s largest battery at Eraring Power Station, if Origin Energy Limited’s latest proposal receives the green light. The company is progressing plans for the development,...