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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.

MEDIA RELEASE - GRANTS TO HELP COMMEMORATE THE ARMISTICE CENTENARY- September 25, 2017
Federal Member for Paterson Meryl Swanson is inviting community organisations to apply for government grants to help commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I on November 11, 2018.

MEDIA ALERT - AUSTRALIAN JOBS TASKFORCE HEARINGS IN KURRI AND RAYMOND TERRACE - October 3, 2017
The taskforce is travelling around Australia to hear from local people about barriers to finding work, and come up with opportunities and solutions that will help communities create jobs

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.

SWANSON CALLS ON TURNBULL TO VISIT WILLIAMTOWN - March 10, 2017
Paterson MP Meryl Swanson has reissued her call to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to meet with Williamtown residents affected by the PFAS contamination saga.

SPEECH - PRIMARY INDUSTRIES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AMENDMENT BILL 2017 - MARCH 27, 2018
the Turnbull government has failed to develop evidence based policies to support primary industries. Surely the threat of white spot to our iconic prawns warranted investigation and biosecurity intervention?

SPEECH - HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENT LOAN SCHEME - TRANSCRIPT - MARCH 26, 2018
Universities Australia and the National Union of Students found that in 2012 two-thirds of Australian students lived below the Henderson poverty line and one in five students regularly skipped meals. How can the Turnbull government, with any conscience, now lower the student loan repayment threshold?

STATEMENT BY MEMBER - ANN CLOUT, INVITATION TO PM AND WIFE - MARCH 26, 2018
Ann Clout, who resides in the PFAS contamination red zone within my electorate, penned a letter to the Prime Minister and his wife and invited them to visit their Fullerton Cove home. I read Ann's letter in the House of Representatives for the Parliamentary record.

TANYA PLIBERSEK - SPEECH - NATIONAL PRESS CLUB ADDRESS - WEDNESDAY, 7 MARCH 2018
In the three years after Tony Abbott formed government – and made himself Minister for Women – Australia slipped 22 places down the global gender equality rankings, to 46th spot. Progress is not inevitable. It’s not consistent. And it’s certainly not happening fast enough.

REPLY TO REPORT, POWERING OUR FUTURE - TRANSCRIPT - FEBRUARY 14, 2018
Energy is the oxygen of our economy. With this report we should celebrate the fact that members of this standing committee from different areas in this political arena came together to create a document that charts a path forward. That's right, a consensus was achieved across four parties, and that is no mean feat in an area that has seen so much division—and derision, I might add.

GOVERNMENT'S PFAS CONTAMINATION SENATE REPLY HUGELY INADEQUATE - SPEECH - FEBRUARY 6, 2018
I call upon the Prime Minister to intervene immediately. Remove the Department of Defence from any future investigations. Accept that these are human beings whose lives, hopes and futures have been decimated. Act now to create choices for those who are caught in this diabolical mess.

SELECT COMMITTEE ON RDD INTERIM REPORT - TRANSCRIPT - FEBRUARY 6, 2018
More than a quarter of these submissions, 27 per cent, have been from local councils or groupings of councils, with other contributions from individuals, industry bodies, regional development authorities, community groups and non-government organisations.

TRANSCRIPT - INNOVATION IN PATERSON - September 11, 2017
Innovation isn't just about technology; it's not just about economics or economies. In its purest sense, innovation is about the application of better solutions and meeting new or existing needs. So this evening I'm here to tell you about innovation in my electorate of Paterson in its most human form.

TRANSCRIPT - CLIMATE CHANGE - September 11, 2017
Climate change is real. It's not a religion. It's not something that you believe in or don't believe in. It is science, and our farmers are hit harder than anyone else, due to a prevalence of extreme weather events.

TRANSCRIPT - MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE: ENERGY - September 7, 2017
It beggars belief that Australia's energy future is so close to the cliff that here, in this chamber today, the two main planks of this government's solution—the two pages, excuse the pun, Member for Page—could well have been ripped from a 1950's history book.

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.

VIDEO- STATEMENT BY MEMBER - LETTER FROM ANN CLOUT TO PM AND WIFE - MARCH 26, 2018
I did my best to ensure Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy received Ann Clout's invitation to visit their Fullerton Cove home, which is affected by Williamtown RAAF Base PFAS contamination. I read Ann's letter in the House of Representatives for the Parliamentary record.

REPLY TO REPORT, POWERING OUR FUTURE - VIDEO - FEBRUARY 14, 2018
Energy is the oxygen of our economy. With this report we should celebrate the fact that members of this standing committee from different areas in this political arena came together to create a document that charts a path forward. That's right, a consensus was achieved across four parties, and that is no mean feat in an area that has seen so much division—and derision, I might add.…

APPROPRIATION BILLS NO 3 AND NO 4 - VIDEO - FEBRUARY 14, 2018
The $1.5 billion in proposed appropriation that these two Bills address is, for the Turnbull Government, the equivalent of some small change down the back of the lounge. But in Real Australia, where my constituents and I live, it's a mindboggling sum.

APPROPRIATION BILLS NO 3 AND NO 4 - TRANSCRIPT - FEBRUARY 14, 2018
The $1.5 billion in proposed appropriation that these two Bills address is, for the Turnbull Government, the equivalent of some small change down the back of the lounge. But in Real Australia, where my constituents and I live, it's a mindboggling sum.

MANY REASONS TO CELEBRATE - VIDEO - FEBRUARY 12, 2018
I was proud to sing the praises of Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Maitland Riverlights Multicultural Festival and Maitland Showgirl Movement today in Parliament.

GOVERNMENT'S PFAS CONTAMINATION SENATE REPLY HUGELY INADEQUATE - VIDEO - FEBRUARY 6, 2018
Please, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Remove the Department of Defence from any role in management of the #PFAS contamination crisis. Accept that innocent lives,hopes and futures have been decimated. Act immediately to put things right and give people a way out of this diabolical mess.

SELECT COMMITTEE ON RDD INTERIM REPORT - FEBRUARY 6, 2018
Interim Report from Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation; Meryl Swanson, Nominal Chair.

MARRIAGE AMENDMENT BILL 2017 - December 5, 2017
This vote, this bill, has never been about political correctness or removing the rights of parents to control what their children learn at school. This bill has been about marriage equality. The people have spoken: love has won. Let's get this done. Thank you.