NBN NEWS GOOD FOR SOME, NOT FOR OTHERS - MAY 1, 2018
Tanilba Bay, Mallabula and Lemon Tree Passage will receive FTTP (Fibre To The Premises) connections from the NBN but most Medowie and Kurri Kurri connections will still be FTTN.
GOVERNMENT MUST COME CLEAN ON PFAS ADVICE - APRIL 29, 2018
Paterson MP Meryl Swanson is demanding that the Turnbull Government face up to the facts around PFAS exposure and publicly release its own Expert Panel’s advice.
TURNBULL GOVERNMENT SNUBS SENATE DEADLINE - FEBRUARY 5, 2018
Hundreds of families in the Williamtown area are tonight reeling from news that the Turnbull Government has again failed to deliver its long-awaited plan to address the financial impacts of the RAAF Base Williamtown PFAS contamination scandal.
PFAS STORIES HEADED FOR ELITE YOUTH THINK TANK - JAN 29, 2018
The harrowing experiences of those affected by the Williamtown PFAS contamination disaster will be top of mind for Medowie’s Jarrod Sansom during next week’s national youth summit in Canberra.
CENTRELINK COMPLAINTS SKYROCKET AS CALL WAITS CONTINUE - JAN 23, 2018
Paterson MP Meryl Swanson has slammed Centrelink’s annual report, which shows that call wait times continued to blow out during the past financial year.
$500 GRANTS FOR YOUNG SPORTS MEN AND WOMEN - January 22, 2018
Paterson MP Meryl Swanson is inviting young sportsmen and women aged between 12 and 18 to apply for grants of up to $500 to help them continue to achieve at the highest level.
LABOR AND GREENS UNITE FOR WILLIAMTOWN - December 6, 2017
Labor, The Greens and minor parties joined forces in the Senate today to send a clear message of support to those affected by PFAS contamination from RAAF Base Williamtown and call the Turnbull Government to account over its serial mismanagement and continued inaction.
PFAS HEALTH STUDY - November 2, 2017
Paterson MP Meryl Swanson has welcomed news that the Turnbull Government will finally act on fears of a cancer cluster in Williamtown and investigate the potential human health impacts associated with PFAS exposure.
TIME TO PUT AN OFFER ON THE TABLE - Monday, November 20. 2017
Member for Paterson Meryl Swanson has slammed the Turnbull Government for abandoning people whose properties have been contaminated with pollution from RAAF Base Williamtown.
WILLIAMTOWN IN LIMBO AS CONSERVATIVES BICKER - November 29, 2017
The toxic dysfunction of the Berejiklian and Turnbull governments at State and Federal level has derailed their ability to find a solution for those affected by contamination from RAAF Base Williamtown.
STILL THINK YOU CAN BANK ON IT? ABC WEEKEND BREAKFAST, APRIL 21, 2018
I had the opportunity to appear on ABCNews24.com on Saturday morning during Weekend Breakfast. My co-panellist Assistant Minister Jane Prentice and I debated the Banking Royal Commission and the National Energy Guarantee.
VIDEO - ABC - EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL MP'S RESUME - MARCH 2018
In federal parliament, former lawyers, political staffers and party or union workers make up more than a quarter of all MPs. ABC Political reporter Caitlyn Gribbin takes a look at what's keeping tradies and nurses from putting their names on the ballot paper.
VIDEO - CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2018
Alumni of the University of Newcastle celebrate International Women's Day 2018.
POOR TELEVISION RECEPTION - FEBRUARY 2, 2018
People in my electorate often contact me with concern and frustration about their poor television reception. My office has been in touch with the Minister’s office regarding this issue a number of times.
ADJOURNMENT DEBATE - INNOVATION IN THE ELECTORATE OF PATERSON
We are fortunate in Paterson to be blessed with a number of wonderful, committed people who dedicate their lives to improving the lives of those with disabilities.
SPEECH - ADJOURNMENT DEBATE - INNOVATION IN ELECTORATE OF PATERSON - SEPTEMBER 9, 2017
Federal MP for Paterson Meryl Swanson praises the innovative work being done to support people with disabilities and their families.
TWO YEARS LATER AND STILL NOTHING DONE TO FIX TESTERS - March 15, 2017
Once again last week I found myself in an all too familiar posi tion - on the roadside at Tester's Hollow calling for funding to raise Cessnock Road above flood levels.
PATHWAY FOR WHALE WATCHING - March 16, 2017
Friday morning saw the opening of the new Whale watching path at Noamunga Headland, Boat Harbour.
LEGAL SERVICE IN JEOPARDY - March 16, 2017
A funding cut may force the Hunter Community Legal Centre to end its Nelson Bay outreach service, a prospect that has Paterson MP Meryl Swanson and the Yacaaba Centre "very concerned".
PATH UNIFIES PEOPLE WITH WHALES, SAFELY - March 16, 2017
Whale watchers will no longer need to do harm to a Boat Harbour reserve to catch a glimpse of the majestic mammals.
TRANSCRIPT - SELECT COMMITTEE ON REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND DECENTRALISATION - JUNE 28, 2018
I have been most proud to act as deputy chair of the Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation. The committee sought feedback from far and wide, throughout the country, over the past year, and has drawn on this information to set out the basis of a solid Commonwealth decentralisation policy.
TRANSCRIPT - PENALTY RATES - JUNE 28, 2018
Shame on you, Prime Minister. By cutting penalty rates, you are refusing to stand up for the families and the children of Paterson.
TRANSCRIPT - CONSTITUENT STATEMENT, MAITLAND REGIONAL MUSEUM - JUNE 27, 2018
During the 1955 flood, thousands of homes were lost, many lives were lost, and much of Maitland's history was washed away. I believe the city deserves to remember its history and I applaud the initiative of Maitland Regional Museum to secure a permanent space to preserve our memories.
TRANSCRIPT - FARM HOUSEHOLD ALLOWANCE - JUNE 25, 2018
This government has had five years, through the SCoPI process, to put in place things to help farmers decide if they can make a living off the land; if they need to be doing other things and retraining; if they can drought-proof their properties over the long term. Instead the Government seized an eleventh-hour photo opportunity
TRANSCRIPT - CONSTITUENT STATEMENT, CHILDCARE CHANGES - JUNE 25, 2018
The Turnbull Government's new childcare package isn't about giving our kids a good educational start in life; it's about money.
TRANSCRIPT - WHERE IS THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT UP TO? - MAY 30, 2018
Farmers in my electorate of Paterson are absolutely desperate. Not only are they facing the day-to-day trials and hardships of drought; they're now saying, 'We've been left'.
MPI - SENATOR CASH' UNFIT TO SERVE - MAY 30, 2018
Senator Michaelia Cash might well fit behind a whiteboard, but she is not fit to be in the Parliament of Australia, and the Prime Minister should not support her.
TRANSCRIPT - ADJOURNMENT DEBATE, BUDGET - MAY 23, 2018
We need an extension of the Pacific Highway M1 to Raymond Terrace and an upgrade to the motorway. This is a junction of national importance and yet the government has put not one cent towards it.
TRANSCRIPT - TREASURY LAWS AMENDMENT BILL, MAY 23, 2018
The people of my electorate of Paterson won't be bought and sold for a piddling $10 a week, I tell you now. Don't ever underestimate working Australians. We are resilient, we are problem solvers and we stand up for what it is right, and there is much in this budget that is patently wrong.
TRANSCRIPT - TELECOMMUNICATIONS LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 2017
Labor considers it essential that all Australians have access to fast, reliable broadband. Considering all that is at stake, we support the Regional Broadband Scheme. We consider it to be appropriate that the costs of regional broadband are shared among companies who choose to compete directly with the NBN. But make no mistake, this entire NBN mess will go down as one of the great travesties and shames of this time in Australia.
SPEECH - RIVER OF DROUGHT SUPPORT FLOWS FROM PATERSON - AUGUST 13, 2018
I rise today to thank my constituents in Paterson who continue to reach out to those who have been so horrendously impacted by the drought.
VIDEO - RIVERS OF DROUGHT SUPPORT FLOW FROM PATERSON - AUGUST 13, 2018
A community of just over 9,000 people has raised around $70,000 for those who have been devastated by the drought. Hats off to all at the Bull N Bush Hotel Medowie and organisers Chris Doohan and Ben Niland. Every dollar you've raised sends a message to those on the land that they are not alone in this terrible time.
VIDEO - FARM HOUSEHOLD SUPPORT BILL - JUNE 26
I spoke In support of an amendment to the Farm Household Support Bill, which will extend the Farm Household Allowance from three cumulative years to four for each recipient, but placed on record my anger with Prime Ministers Turnbull and Abbott, and Ministers for Agriculture Joyce and Littleproud, for not offering this to farming families sooner.
VIDEO - CONSTITUENCY STATEMENT, CHILDCARE - JUNE 25, 2018
The Government's new childcare package isn't about giving our kids a good educational start in life; it's about money.
VIDEO - GET BEHIND MAITLAND REGIONAL MUSEUM - JUNE 26, 2018
I was able to speak in Parliament about Maitland Regional Museum's push to find a permanent home for our city's rich history and artefacts. You, too, can be one of the 1001 $100 Foundation Supporters who are working towards this goal. To find out how, email firstname.lastname@example.org
VIDEO - WORKERS DESERVE THEIR PENALTY RATES - JUNE 28, 2018
One in five Paterson workers stand to lose penalty rates this weekend to the tune of an average $77 per person. Meanwhile Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his Government want to give big business an $80billion tax cut. I spoke in Parliament about this and told them exactly what I thought.
RESPONSE TO PFAS EXPERT PANEL ADVICE - SPEECH - May 10, 2018
I spoke in Parliament today to place on the record the fact I am angry. I am angry at the timing of the release of the #PFAS Expert Health Panel's advice. I am angry at the way it was released. And I am gravely concerned by the contents of the report itself. My constituents and I demand an exhaustive study of any relationship between immune dysfunction and cancer, and we insist that the Department of Defence be stripped of its carriage of matters where it must be held to account.
TURNBULL'S BOTCHED NBN HURTS US ALL - VIDEO - May 10, 2018
Here we are in the year 2018, attempting to keep ahead of the global technological wave while weighted down by Prime Minister Turnbull’s inferior NBN.
VIDEO - SPEECH - PRIMARY INDUSTRIES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT BILL - MARCH 27, 2018
I spoke in the House of Representatives in support of a proposed Primary Industries Bill. During this speech I took the opportunity to highlight the Turnbull Government's bewildering approach to green prawn imports and its potential to affect prawners such as Sue and Rob Hamilton, who work our local waterways.
VIDEO - SPEECH - HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENT LOAN SCHEME - MARCH 26, 2018
I spoke against the Government's proposed legislative changes to our student loans scheme. We must stop the war on our young people and start offering them opportunities, not obstacles.